As we reflect upon 2018, we are filled with gratitude! Your support has propelled our mission and programs to partner with and serve more than 44 women this year. These women are capable, talented individuals, coming from backgrounds that afforded them little support, training or resources for success. With your help, By Grace is helping to elevate them above their current circumstances and out of generational poverty.
A few highlights:
We opened our first brick-and-mortar vocational training institute in Tamale, Ghana. In this building, we sponsored the training of 12 apprentices. These young women, all coming from backgrounds of generational poverty, did not otherwise have the means to afford the training fees or sewing machine/supplies. Through a sponsored three-year training course that will equip them with the necessary skills, materials and certifications to succeed in the marketplace, they are becoming entrepreneurs and self-sufficient providers for themselves, their children and their families.
We were awarded the Young Leaders of the Americas Reverse Exchange Grant. We mentored Nayleen Quintero, of Sante Cutarras, then partnered with her to launch our first workshop in Las Tablas, Panama. Here we taught two girls how to make cutarras (leather sandals), making them the first women trained in this ancient tradition.
We worked with eight women on the Rosebud Native American Reservation, providing 1,000+ hours of employment that were completed in a safe environment and compensated with fair wages. With the beautiful beading and handiwork of these artisans, we launched our most successful product line yet: the Rosebud Collection. This allows us to continue reinvesting in the communities that inspired our sellable goods.
We offered three paid internships and one-on-one mentorship to female college students in Kansas City and Los Angeles, helping to nurture the hearts and skill-sets of future entrepreneurs and change makers.
Extraordinary things are happening every day at By Grace, and they wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you for your support!
Emily Grace Kolega and Kelsey Carlstedt
Executive Directors, By Grace