Lori Poppinga is the founder of THE DENIM PROJECT. The idea for THE DENIM PROJECT was born out of months of searching for a way to aid those in severe poverty. Through prayer, Bible Study, and circumstances, i.e., Lori's daughter serving at an orphanage in Haiti, God has shown a way to become involved in His work with the poor.
THE DENIM PROJECT is just one way people cn help those in need by upcycling denim and fabrics into new products and using the proceeds from the sale of those products to aid in orphan prevention, offer microloans and business opportunities, and assist in a young woman or child's educaiton.
Lori graduated from the University of Sioux Falls shortly after marrying her husband, Jeff Poppinga, a pastor at Faith Baptist Church. She and Jeff have nine children ranging in ages from 3 to 22 years of age.
In her regulatory health care practice, Heather Springer represents hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, small and large medical physician and chiropractor groups, physicians, nurses, health care payors, and health care related organizations in various health care matters. Heather is a health care lawyer in Sioux Falls.
She graduated with a J. D. degree, University of Iowa, College of Law. Heather will be providing legal services for THE DENIM PROJECT.
My name is Karen Schuiteman and my husband and I farm near Sioux Center. We have 3 grown daughters, one married, one engaged and one is single. We have one grandson who is 6 months old.
On my first trip to Haiti, I was greatly moved by the extreme poverty I witnessed. I had never been exposed to something like that before. It changed the way I looked at all that I had and wanted to do something to help.
After talking to several people who have worked in Haiti, I learned that job creation was the best way to help those who were living in poverty. The Denim Project works diligently to provide jobs and I am privileged to be a part of this mission.
My role with The Denim Project is helping with research and development of new products and I am also the bookkeeper for the organization.
Mike is married and the father of four children. Active in his local church, Mike leads worship on Sunday and works with the youth during the week. In his free time, he enjoys writing and playing music.