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Organic Cotton Scrubs for Mali and the World



Nourish is partnering with African Sky Inc. to resell organic, fair-wage cotton scrubs in a unique venture that combines for-profit returns with social impact.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Scrubs are being produced with cotton from local farmers, allowing them to sell a refined product for higher returns than the raw material. Scrubs are being produced by local tailors from at-risk populations (oprhans, urban poor women, the handicapped) being paid at minimum 1.5X the local rate for a t-shirt. Scrubs are being sold by college students who invest the profits in similar sustainable development projects.

How will this project solve this problem?

$5000 is needed to provide for the start-up costs of purchasing the initial batch of scrubs (materials, labor, shipping to the US). Revenue from the first batch will be $6300, enough to pay for a second batch and invest $1300 in similar projects.

Potential Long Term Impact

Each batch of scrubs that is resold provides 30 days of work for Mali Tailors, $4,410 investment in Mali farmers and $1300 in profit for reinvestment in similar projects. It is development that begets development.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Retired Project

This project is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Ryan Richards

Executive Director, Nourish International
Chapel Hill, NC United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Organic Cotton Scrubs for Mali and the World
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