The last few years (decades?) have been a blur. Do you feel that way too? I think when you're in the thick of building your career, your family, your relationships, you are just about keeping your head above water. Treading along, but time flies by.
While treading though I've constantly come up with all sorts of different ideas to start a business. My husband has been a saint because each time I get excited about an idea he brings me back down to reality - which usually means my idea is unrealistic. I hate to have an idea shot down. I believe in myself and I know I can do anything I want to but without the capital and resources it's hard to just 'start' a business.
Have you had an idea that you thought was your 'ticket' out of your stressful job but just could not figure out how to actually make it work? To be honest I think many people have ideas but don't act on them. It's not easy. Who has time, money, startup mentality?
That's why I can't believe I actually started Bosisi Designs. I feel a bit like experiencing an out-of-body experience right now. But if ideas constantly pop into your head, it's only a matter of time before you finally jump on it. Bosisi Designs brings together all the things I'm passionate about: design, sewing/creating, helping women, anti-poverty action, and (believe it or not) small business entrepreneurship.
My dream is to make this a viable business for the rest of my life. I'd love to help as many underserved women as I can to build them up to financial stability. I've been fortunate to meet some incredibly strong, motivated, beautiful South African women to work with to make this happen. Our first production order allowed four ladies from a township in Diepsloot, South Africa to earn extra money to help them and their families. It's not a lot in the scheme of things but it's a start and I hope will grow and grow and grow.
Please help Bosisi Designs to hire more women to produce these beautiful designs by telling all of your friends, family, co-workers, everyone to purchase a bag. At least 10% of profit will go directly into the seamstresses pockets. But the goal is to also help to make their lives easier. What does that mean? Well, it can be to pay for transportation to/from work. Or it could be to help the women pay for childcare while they work to earn money for their children. There are many resources that are not available, let alone if you had the money to pay for services you need. We need to open our minds and learn what it means to live in poverty.
Did you know that the international poverty line is $1.90 a day? If that was your income, how would you be able to manage? That's why we need to provide work opportunities to women so they can build a better life for themselves and the next generation.
In 2020 my goal is to hire 25 women. Let's see if we can do it.... together!
Happy New Year my friends!
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