About Us

The Global Bag Project is a division of Mainstay Ministries, which has been in existence as a non-profit 501(c)3 since its inception in 1939. As such, we are able to receipt all donations for reusable shopping bags minus the raw costs of the product. Since we are not a for-profit organization, larger margins can be provided for fair wages for the bag producers and for building the Global Bag Project infrastructure in developing countries.


The Global Director of Global Bag Project, Carla Boelkens has travelled extensively developing relationships with churches and coordinating small international conferences in many parts of the world. Carla's passion is to minister to women in developing countries who are working to earn a sustainable income through microenterprise ventures and to share their stories of hope and courage with other who have similar desires.

Her work experience includes nine years on staff at Willow Creek Community Church in various leadership positions working with staff and volunteers. In her last assignment there she worked in the global outreach ministry, where she led a community of urban-and international serving team leaders. Leading the Global Bag Project is a natural step drawing on the expertise and experience from her former involvements.



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