Jun 29, 2018

Final report from Tanzania!

Consoler surrounded by the girls of NHGO
Consoler surrounded by the girls of NHGO

Dear partners,

We are thrilled to let you know that, one year after opening, the Sewing Hope for Girls shop is now flying on its own! Thanks to you, Consoler and Eliya are running a profitable business to support their healing home for girls rescued for modern slavery. 

Currently, the shop's income is generating income that goes towards basic needs such as bus fare, fuel for the school van, and school fees for girls to attend vocational training. 

In about three weeks, 11 African Road travelers will be visiting the New Hope for Girls home. They'll meet Consoler and Eliya, learn about their incredible work in-person, and share a meal with the girls. They will be proudly representing all of you who contributed to this campaign and saw it to completion. 

Another update is that the store location has relocated from the commercial center of Dar es Salaam to the suburbs. This places the shop close to the New Hope for Girls house and Consoler and Eliya's own community, making it a perfect location -- now, their own neighbors and friends are able to shop at the store. The rent is also more affordable since it is outside of the city center. 

Consoler and Eliya will continue to grow their business by increasing their supply chain. Ultimately, they dream of franchising the sewing supply shop to help others in the community generate income and generate further income for New Hope for Girls. 

Consoler says, "we will appreciate forever for the support of existence of AfN* shop. We are endlessly grateful to you for helping us get this store of the ground. We love you!" 

Sewing Hope for Girls is an example of what can happen when people join together to make a difference. Because of you, Consoler and Eliya will have open arms for many more vulnerable girls who need a loving home in the future. You are amazing! 

Our deepest gratitude, 

~ The African Road Team

*AfN: African Road for New Hope shop

Mar 30, 2018

Spring Updates from Tanzania

Consoler and Eliya
Consoler and Eliya

Spring is upon us and we have more exciting updates to share about Sewing Hope for Girls. We are now just a few hundred dollars away from our $9000 goal, and the shop is well on its way to becoming a smashing success. We invite you to share this campaign and continue to be a part of life transformation for young survivors of modern slavery

Between caring for the young women at New Hope for Girls, running the sewing shop, Eliya’s full-time work with the embassy, and rearing their own two children, things are incredibly hectic with the family. Through all the busy-ness, Consoler took some time to give us a few updates on their progress.

AFN continues to attract new business and customers, and to identify which items are in the highest demand. Right now, that includes zippers, buttons, and other small items. The most exciting update, however, is that the shop now generates enough income to pay two full-time workers! With the shop becoming more income-stable, and even profitable soon, Consoler and Eliya have their eye on expansion and are looking at opportunities to open additional micro-shops selling the most popular items. Opening sister stores in areas with significantly lower rent will help to create higher profit margins and ensure a more stable and sustainable future.

Thank you for being a part of this incredible story and journey and we look forward to sharing more updates soon.

Dec 29, 2017

Happy Holidays from New Hope for Girls!

Consoler and Eliya
Consoler and Eliya

Happy Holidays! With the New Year nearly upon us, I am happy to share some updates with you about the Sewing Hope for Girls shop.

This #GivingTuesday, our amazing New Hope for Girls champions raised over $1000 to bring us closer to the final fundraising goal of $9000. We are now only about $1000 away from the goal! Reaching this goal by New Year’s Eve will ensure that the store’s successful opening blossoms into long-term success. The funds will go to increasing the shop’s inventory, allowing Eliya to take time away from his job to manage and build the business, and general operational costs during the start-up stage.

The store is on its way to bringing sustainable income to support more than 30 girls rescued from modern slavery. You are the reason that these tremendous strides forward are able to happen! 

We invite you to deepen your impact by sharing this campaign with friends and considering a second gift towards this meaningful project. You can continue to be a part of life transformation for young survivors of modern slavery.

African Road Executive Director Kelly Bean and I had the chance to catch up with Consoler and Eliya in November. Our gathering in Kigali was with leaders from across East Africa to share feedback on our VICOBA business & savings program. Consoler and Eliya participated in that program in 2015 by leading a women’s cooperative through the training. During the gathering, they shared that they are very happy with the progress the store is making. Eliya is continuing to manage the store in addition to his full-time job, which makes for a full plate! Some of the girls from the New Hope for Girls house are working at the store as well.

Consoler and Eliya have also identified wholesale suppliers in Dubai who can provide supplies at a cheaper rate than those they are currently using. Cutting costs is one of the strategies that they have identified for making the store viable for the long-term. They will be switching to a different wholesale supplier in the New Year.

We can't thank you enough for your generosity in making the Sewing Hope for Girls Shop a success! Together, we can reach the goal of $9000 by December 31st at midnight!

Consoler at the conference in Kigali
Consoler at the conference in Kigali
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