Every African Bag Has A Story:

What's A Daughter/Granddaughter Party?

These ladies love the size, the sturdiness, the inner pockets, the little coin purse that make up the classic African bags.
These ladies love the size, the sturdiness, the inner pockets, the little coin purse that make up the classic African bags.

We need to grow our "home party" network. Last year, on average, a party with 10 guests sold from $500-$600 worth of products. Parties with around 20 guests sold $1000-$1200 worth of products. The proceeds from these sales help women below the poverty line feed their families, pay for rent, and send their children to school.

A home party is well worth the effort of compassionate women who care about the state of other women worldwide.

A daughter party is when someone from the mother party holds a party of her own. A granddaughter party is when someone from the daughter party holds a party of her own.

If you are interested in helping us employ some 1000 African women by 2017, then throw a home party, sell some bags, sign up a couple of "daughter parties," and in five years, we all may be able to proudly say: "You know what? We helped to make a difference in the world."

How about holding a home party? We send you a Party in a Box, which includes bags, an instruction manual that walks your through the set up, a thank you kanga-cloth hostess apron, and clear directions on how to collect sales funds and transfer them to the Global Bag Project office. You invite friends, family, church or small group members, neighbors, or work colleagues.

A party with 10 people averages $500-$600 worth of sales. A party with 20 people averages $1000-$1200 of sales. This is a lot of return for a minimal of work.

Our growth from Home Parties comes from daughter/granddaugter parties. This chart explains how:

Voluntourism Trip to Kenya in 2012

Your visit to Kenya will be a life-changing experience as you interface with this incredible country, its delightful animals and geography, and its most hospitable people. Never leave the same again!

Your visit to Kenya will be a life-changing experience as you interface with this incredible country, its delightful animals and geography, and its most hospitable people. Never leave the same again!

The Global Bag Project is sponsoring a voluntoursm (working and tourism combined) trip to Kenya. Our dates are: Arrive in Nairobi September 29, head for home October 9, 2012.

Here are a few of the things we expect to do:

Create new friendship ties as you meet the wonderful seamstresses of the Global Bag Project.

Create new friendship ties as you meet the wonderful seamstresses of the Global Bag Project.

The cost of the trip will be $3,500 for the land fee, not including air flight (a group of us will travel from Chicago together but we have discovered that others have mileage points, want to stop in London, or vacation on the way back in Italy so experience has taught us not to try to arrange this). This fee includes land costs—housing, most meals, in-country travel, flights to Massa Mara, safari as well as a stipend to spend capitalizing new bag products, shopping for fabrics for the sewing room, building an emergency fund for our African colleagues, purchasing sewing machines, or buying decorating items and bedding for the Kijiji Guest House guest rooms. You will be receipted for this stipend as a donation.

Contact Karen Mains at karen@hungrysouls.org. Our Mainstay Ministries office phone is 630–293–4500. If I am not in, leave a message and I will return your call.

Great Shopping Ideas

Kanga-cloth Bags  are fashionable and can carry just about anything.

Our new Kanga-cloth bags are fashionable and can carry just about anything.

Gift Bags are also perfect for home parties.

Gift Bags are also perfect for home parties.

In one church fair trade exhibit in McHenry County, outside of Chicago, someone commented, "Oh, I've seen lots of people carrying these bags in grocery stores!" After a quick count, we realized that seven home parties and one trade fair had been held in that area.

So our great shopping idea is: Go for multiplication!

Hold your own home party or order bottle or kanga–cloth bags. Please contact Carla Boelkens, our GBP Director at carla@globalbagproject.org or order online.