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Sewing Machine for Harriet in TZ

$1,250 of $1,200 goal

Raised by 20 people in 5 months
Created June 30, 2018
Hello kind and generous people around the world!!

We are supporting Harrieth, a very talented seamstress and small business owner in our village in Tanzania. 

She currently has a small shop in the local market of Mto wa Mbu where she does her sewing.  Harriet makes beautiful contemporary handbags and accessories and comes up with innovative designs to stand out from the other vendors. She uses traditional Tanzanian fabric, Kitenge, which of course makes the products so stunning.

Her small business supports her family; and we want to see her really succeed as a woman entrepreneur in Tanzania; as well as create more employment opportunity for the village. 

The fabulous Keri-Lyn has committed to opening a fair trade business for Harriet in Canada, called Shona.  She will get custom orders from Harriet to export to Canada! Keri-Lyn is very well connected in the artisanal markets circuits, as well as the organic foods community in Canada. 

Boma la Mama will also use Harriet's sewing business to create and launch their Mama and Baby boutique line of products for the Tanzanian market. Our first production, the mai-tei baby carriers have almost sold out in 2 weeks!

As we live in the village, Boma Africa will also provide Harriet with business mentorship and support here in on the ground.

This is a grass roots project and a micro loan has made it possible to get started (and has been paid back with 2 WEEKS!)

Harrieth is on a roll, BUT a major set back has hit our little project .. her sewing machine broke!  She has some of her revenues to put towards  new one, but needs another boost get back on her feet. A top of the line machine (which allows her sew heavy fabric such as leather, and foam, etc.) is $1200 CND.   

If you like her story please don't hesitate to pitch in! (or pm me if you are interested in providing a micro loan or donating by transfer).   We all have seen how small donations quickly turn into a successful campaign!

Love!
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25 days! $1200! Changing someone’s life!! You guys did it!
Testing
Wow!!!!!! Serious sewing machine in Mto!
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We did it!!! Shall I say YOU did it!!

25 days, $1200, new sewing machine, life changed!

What an opportunity we have given Harriet and her family.

Deepest gratitude to everyone that pitched in and parted with their hard earned money. What an amazing feeling to have such an awesome network and to imagine what the future holds for our local entrepreneur, Harrieth.
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Wowowow! We are so close to reaching our goal and finishing our campaign! Only $160 left to go!!!
We have shopped around and have the machine ready for purchase in Dar es Salaam - industrial and heavy duty for sewing canvas, leather, sponge, and more- especially good for Harrieth’s beautiful purses, handbags, and clutches.
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We are getting closer to our goal, Harrieth herself is going to put in as much as she can from the coming order. That will put us half way to our goal! Give us a share and chat to your friends!
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$1,250 of $1,200 goal

Raised by 20 people in 5 months
Created June 30, 2018
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$50
Catherine Cole
4 months ago
JM
$110
Jesse McLean
4 months ago
AH
$50
Avalon Hrabec
4 months ago
AM
$200
Aileen McIntosh
4 months ago
KF
$40
Keri-Lyn Freebird
4 months ago (Offline Donation)
KB
$150
Keri-Lyn B
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
CG
$50
Chris Gilmour
5 months ago
$10
Leesha Dawn
5 months ago
KF
$40
Keri-Lyn Freebird
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AM
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