By Sarah Johnson |Staff Writer|
No.41 is an organization that has been working towards lowering the poverty rate in Rwanda since March 2012.
Tara Clapper started this organization after a mission trip to Rwanda in 2010. She saw a need for change and wanted to make a difference.
No.41’s intent, as stated on their official website, is to “teach young women from the Noel Orphanage in Gisenyi, Rwanda (ages 18-25) not only to sew, a culturally relevant trade that would always sustain them, but to give back to their community through a feeding program supporting local schools.”
In an effort to raise money, women of the No.41 organization hand sew and construct bags, or large purses.
“Your purchase not only provides a stable job and sustainable income to a young woman transitioning into a life of independence, you are also providing 240 meals to a secondary student in Rwanda!” according to No.41’s website.
Clarissa Toll, CSUSB campus representative for No.41 said, “I LOVE my No.41 bag. It’s of high quality and built with plenty of space to use. It’s durable, versatile, and beautiful with its colorful authentic fabrics.”
Toll was introduced to No.41 when she received a bag as a gift.
She said, “I researched the organization and instantly fell in love with its cause and the heart of the organization.”
Not many students here on campus know about this organization, but after being introduced to it, students I interviewed agreed it is a great idea that benefits a great cause.
“Knowing you’re helping someone in need is such a warming gift to give and receive; the bag is just an added bonus,” said Hill.
Toll added, “I typically use my bag for going to and from my office. It can hold everything that I’ll need for the day. It’s also really great for use as a reusable grocery bag and to pack all of your essentials for a day at the beach.”
Not only are the bags efficient, it is a great way to spread the word about the No.41 organization.
One hundred percent of the profits sold from these bags goes to the program.
You may also purchase a No.41 T-shirt with three different style options, ranging in price from $15 to $30.
If you aren’t looking to purchase anything and just want to donate for a good cause, there are also donation options of anywhere from $5 to $300 a month.
For more information, visit www.no41.org. You can also find No.41 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.