Growing the businesses of 60 DC low-income women



We regularly train low-income DC women in business methods and creating high quality jewelry. The project will develop a catalog to expand the sales and self-sufficiency of at least 60 grads.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Washington, DC has a very high poverty rate, partly reflecting low skills and poor opportunity for single mothers. We teach low-income women (and interested men) to create high quality jewelry, operate a small business, and manage their money. "Our funders say we are unique in that we not only teach new skills, but also provide a context for our grads to earn income from their new skills." Publishing a catalog of products will expand their market and help grads become more self-sufficient.

How will this project solve this problem?

A catalog will allow grads to reach new customers, make only ordered items, and have less unwanted jewelry. Says Naomi, a talented grad, “I make lots of pieces but am shy and have trouble marketing. The catalog will help me earn more from my work.”

Potential Long Term Impact

The catalog project will expand the markets for the handcrafted goods of at least 60 DC low-income women, helping them use their new skills to increase their incomes and provide for their families. The catalog will focus production and reduce waste.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $100

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $100 .  The original project funding goal was $20,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Maureen Ward

Founding President
Washington, DC United States

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