We are so excited to tell you:
The Denim Project is officially a year old. We began a year ago in August 2013 and have had so many things happen in that short span of time.
Here is a list of the major happenings:
August 18, 2013:
*The Denim Project is officially founded with a DBA account and donated denim started appearing at our "home" location.
*A group of people listened to this idea and agreed to serve on the board.
*You can click here to read about our board members and their qualifications.
*We received our non-profit status in the state of Iowa
*Volunteers began assisting in the processing and sewing of denim to help raise funds to run the Denim Project.
*I traveled to Haiti and identified three ladies who met the criteria for working with the Denim Project
*We held our first board meeting.
*Participated in our first Craft/Vendor show in Rock Rapids
*Received our first Sponsor an Entrepreneur donations.
*Received our second and third Sponsor an Entrepreneur donations.
*Acquired and repaired three treadle sewing machines.
*Made plans to travel to Haiti in January
*Traveled to Haiti with a team of 7. We took 14 50 lb bags (along with 7 carry-on bags and 7 backpacks) filled with donations and three treadle sewing machines.
*Assembled the machines and prepared the Denim House for a new family and as a production site.
*Began the process of teaching the ladies to sew. Click here to watch a video showing our adventures.
*Our Haitian Entrepreneurs had their first sale of headbands.
*Tirzah enlisted the help of a Godly Haitian woman, Elta, with great sewing skills to not only teach the ladies how to sew but also to mentor them in good business practices, handling money, and leading times of praise and worship with the ladies each day.
*The Denim Project Board met and discussed business of the Denim Project.
*Rosie's Boutique opened and became the first store to carry The Denim Project products.
*Tirzah's time at Tytoo Gardens drew to a close as she traveled home to continue her education, she left a communication void between the home office in North America and our Haitian office which was filled by Ali Treloar the Administrator of Tytoo Gardens Children Foundation.
*I traveled to Haiti taking down a 100 lbs of fabric and supplies armed with new denim product ideas. I also went to make sure everything was functioning smoothly without Tirzah there and that the ladies were learning all they needed to know to sew quality products.
*The Denim Project board met and discussed future business for the Denim Project. *I am thankful for the knowledgeable members of my board who fill in the huge gaps of things I do not know about running a ministry/business.
*Our seamstresses in Haiti are earning their own payroll through sales of headbands and other denim products in Haiti.
*Denim Project Website went live.
* Video is made detailing the mission of The Denim Project.
* The Apparent Project now carries The Denim Project products in Port Au Prince, Haiti.
*More business steps moving The Denim Project forward.
*More businesses have purchased items for more stores in Haiti and Singapore.
*501c3 status applied for at the Federal Level.
*501c3 status granted in record time!
*Furniture samples received from South Dakota Furniture Mart which our Haitian Artisans are making into great bags.
*Received a large donation of fabric from a private donor which is going to make beautiful blankets for our Sponsor a Newborn program.
*Volunteers continue to gather on Wednesdays to cut denim to prepare it for shipment to Haiti.
What a year!
God continues to provide for The Denim Project step by step, mommie by mommie, business need by business need.
Thank you so much for your prayers, donations, and time. The Denim Project would not be where it is today without each one of you.
I will be headed to Haiti again in November with another treadle sewing machine, fabric, and new sewing projects for our Haitian Artisans.
Check back for updates.