This year at Awamaki, we are thankful for you. You provide us the funds to give women the skills and opportunity to earn an income and lift their families out of poverty. You believe in us and you invest in our women and their potential. Thanks to you, this year we have:
Provided high-quality skills training enabling our knitters to produce knitwear that is internationally desirable
Helped our knitters, weavers and seamstresses sell their products to global retailers (from Zappos to ABC Carpet to mom-and-pop fair trade stores all over the U.S.) and through our brand new online store!
Run out of knitwear and thus added a new knitting cooperative of 20 women!
Helped our spinners purchase spinning machines so they can spin more and better yarn for international markets, and run trainings on how to produce those yarns
Hosted two volunteer designers to work alongside our seamstresses and together design new products that combine our woven textiles with locally-made leather for next years' collections
Sent teams of staff and volunteers into the field to conduct surveys, interviews and focus groups with all the women with whom we work so that we can better understand their household economies, serve their needs, and help them meet their financial goals.
We couldn't do this without you, and that's why we made this thank you video.
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