A Global Friendship creates economic opportunity for artisans in developing regions by building market access and small business skills. Proceeds from sales go back to the artisans and their communities. In addition to opportunity, A Global Friendship provides community development projects in accordance to the need of our artisan's communities. Projects include disaster relief, access to clean water, nutrition, health care, school supplies, transportation, infrastructure, and clothing.
AGF has a dedicated team of 20 volunteers who work with the Executive Director to support AGF's work with artisans. It also has a sales staff of 5 persons who work to provide access to new outlets in the US for the products made by the artisans.
Out of our 20 volunteers, 7 work from our office and the rest work remotely. For our 7 volunteers, we need a minimum of 3 computers. At present we have only 2, one laptop and one desktop computer. This is not sufficient for our growing needs.
We are raising funds to buy a computer and a backup storage device for our US office. Currently, only 1 or 2 volunteers are able to come in to work at the same time because of the lack of computers. Our volunteers are willing to come in for longer hours but are unable to do so due to the lack of computers. AGF has two new projects coming up and we need an extra computer and a backup storage device to ensure that we are able to provide the time and commitment that these projects need.
As part of our Project Home, we are planning to expand our work with women artisans in Peru and start a new project in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota that is the poorest reservation in the US. The additional computer will be critical to help our volunteer staff work more effectively on these new commitments. The computer and the backup storage disk will also play an important role in building our office infrastructure and capacity to provide support on these projects.