Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage

by XSProject
Mar 19, 2014

Do You Know Who Makes What You Buy?

Sewers with the new iPad Sling Bag
Sewers with the new iPad Sling Bag

Dear XSProject Partner,

Did you ever wonder how products are made in the emerging market world? Do you ever wonder who the individual is who made that product you bought and what their life is like? In this month’s letter, we thought we would share with you a bit about how we make XSProject products.

On March 11, XSProject offered our first in-house product training workshop. Led by our Product Developer, Gofur, the purpose of this one-day training was to teach the sewers to make a new product, define the processes needed to improve the quality of the products and to increase capacity while continuing to maintain that defined quality.

On this day, the challenge for the sewers was to make an iPad Sling Bag from scraps of automobile car seats. When they finished their proto-type bags, the bags were sent to the quality control trainees to review the production process as well as the final product, where changes and improvements were noted. In this way, everyone was involved in every step and understood the importance of their role in the total process.

Everyone attending the day long workshop was paid by XSProject. We plan to continue to hold these workshops each time there is a new product to be developed or if more training is needed. We encourage sewers who complete these workshops to start their own home based businesses. They will have opportunities to continue to work with XSProject to generate their income. In return, XSProject is able to offer greater variety and quantities of products to consumers.

The iPad Sling Bag was a request from the Singapore American School for their students. We are happy to report that they are very pleased with the quality and the style of their new bags.

XSProject uses non-recyclable trash such as plastic soap pouches, discarded billboards, advertising banners and automobile car seat fabric scraps to create consumer awareness about waste in our society. The products XSProject designs, makes and sells provides income to Jakarta’s trash pickers and employment to the people who wash the trash and to the sewers so they may be independent business owners in the future.

To see more of the products XSProject makes, go to

Making a bag from car seat fabric scraps
Making a bag from car seat fabric scraps
Sewing piping from an advertising banner
Sewing piping from an advertising banner

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Location: Cilandak Barat, Jakarta - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Karen McDaniels
Denton, Texas United States
$61,555 raised of $95,000 goal
667 donations
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