Announcing Our Spring Sale!

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The Global Bag Project is having a Spring Sale! Now through May 2nd, everything is 20% off. We have large, medium and small bags in stock in Chicago as well as bottle bags and aprons. Please visit our Global Bag Project website, to see our products. Then place your orders safely online, by phone (630-293-4500), or email heather1p17@yahoo.com. Receive 20% OFF when you enter coupon code SAVE20 in checkout! Order by May 2nd for this special offer. We can ship within 24 hours in time for Mother’s Day (May 10), gifts for graduation, bridal showers, or any other special event.

Happy New Year 2015!

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As we ring in the new year, we often reflect on the past year. In 2014, the Global Bag Project had a very successful apron sale! We are so grateful for those that held bag parties and the individuals that visited our website. We are grateful for the volunteers who helped count, pack, and ship inventory. We want to thank those that have worked on our website.

We want to give special thanks to Bruce and Judy Duncan for allowing us to sell aprons in their tea shop, K’Tizo in Wheaton, IL last November. We also want to give special thanks to Angel Village Art in LaGrange, IL for allowing us to sell a variety of products in their store. We are grateful for the ongoing designated funds to Mary Ogalo’s stipend and for those who have purchased fabric and supplies that support our sisters in Kenya.

If you know of any specialty retail shops like Angel Village Art that may be interested in selling Global Bag Project bags, please contact us. We are beginning to schedule Global Bag Project parties for this spring. Please email heather1p17@yahoo.com for more information.

We are setting a goal of $45,000.00 in Global Bag Project sales and donations for 2015.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Taking Initiative

kiroundgA couple of weeks ago, I received an e-mail from a woman named Kim Bowen. She asked me to ship some of the Global Bag Project medium size bags and bottle bags to her. I sent a few items to her . A few days later, she asked me to send her additional products. I inquired after what she wanted all of the products for, and she said she was going to present the Global Bag Project to her Kiwanis group again this year. Last year, at this time, Kim showed the Global Bag Project DVD to the Kiwanis group. She told them about her personal experience in helping these women have enough income to feed their families. Her Kiwanis group decided they would like to help. Last year, they purchased several of our custom made Global Bag Project shopping bags. This year, Kim intends to sell more products to her Kiwanis group and continues to spread the word about the Global Bag Project. We are very grateful for Kim’s initiative in seeking the help of her Kiwanis group.

By taking a chance, Kim decided to present to the Global Bag Project to her Kiwanis group. She did not know if it a cause they wanted to help or were able to support in any way. To her astonishment, the group decided to support our Kenyan sewers last year. She is expecting to sell more products this year as there have been changes in the group size.

Do you belong to a Kiwanis or Rotary Club in your area? Have you thought about presenting the Global Bag Project to your group? If you would like to present the Global Bag Project to your civic organization, please contact me at 630-293-4500 or e-mail heather1p17@yahoo.com.

More Sewing Graduates

african bags global bag project sewing graduatesWe had a wonderful day yesterday. I am still ovewhelmed at the joy I saw from the women who were graduating. I did not know this meant so much for them. I believe that they felt that they are no longer spectators in life, but participants in developing their lives. All women who were training including Mary Nduta (our first seamstress and designer) came with their families to witness their graduation.

At around one in the afternoon in our usual meeting place — the Domestic Science room of the African International University, 11 women walked proudly to receive their well–deserved certificate. Completely dressed in a ceremonial gown and cap they made for themselves, each one of them held up their certificate to the applauding crowd. I had told them that God would be visiting us in a very special way that morning — God visiting to affirm his love and care. Through their smiles, laughter and happy chatter with relatives, I could tell God had visited and broken down the strongholds of despair and shame.

Their dream to own the first asset in the form of a sewing machine came true. The members of the Board, Jeremiah, Jared and Priscilla, together with Esther Hall, Pastor Amani (who preached) and George Ogalo surrounded the women in prayer. We also shared lunch together.

Would you like to donate toward a sewing machine to replace the ones given to graduating seamstresses? We will soon have another eight women learning to sew. The cost for an industrial–strength, dual–powered (electrical and foot pedal) machine is $300 (24,000 kenya shillings). We award a sewing machine to each woman who graduates so that they can set up a cottage industry in their own homes, taking work from clients, one of which is the Global Bag Project. You can donate using PayPal on the Web site, www.GlobalBagProject.com or you can write a check to GBP and mail it to Box 30, Wheaton, IL 60187.

God bless you for the prayers and support we receive from you.