The Empowerful Podcast was created to share the profound stories of movers and shakers who are positively impacting the world. Together, we believe we can amplify that change. We live by the motto of an old African Proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
In today's episode, Bryan and Rebecca Papé, MiiR Co-founders, sit down with Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, Kula Founder & Director. While Sarah traveled from her home in Atlanta to join us for this podcast, her work, time, and heart are in Rwanda. For context to this conversation, we invite you to head here to learn more about Project #55 and watch a short film about our team's recent trip to Rwanda. Enjoy!
We partnered with Kula to support their vision of eradicating poverty in Rwanda through the development of entrepreneurs. Our initial grant focused on funding the operations of Kula's Liddy Women’s Center where fellows receive artisan industry training, health and nutrition support, and one-on-one mentorship.
Kula was founded with the belief that poverty was not a lack money but a lack of opportunity, and if organizations could invest in the ideas and businesses of people living in poverty, they could change the future for generations to come. Through the Kula's fellowship program, their fellows are empowered to build profitable businesses, raise healthy families, and send their children to school.
MiiR recently visited Kula in Rwanda to better understand their work and strengthen our partnership. What we saw, heard and experienced there changed us. Together, we aim to empower 50 women fellows enrolled at Kula’s Liddy Women’s Center in the Kayonza District of Rwanda. As artisan fellows, these women have the opportunity to either focus on the tailoring or weaving industry.