FREE PURSE PATTERNS
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In Zambia, we employ our team with good paying jobs. Everywhere else in the world, we ask our team members to serve as volunteers. This allows us to have an incredibly low overhead rate of under 5%. You can give with confidence knowing that we are careful stewards of the funds we receive.
100,000 Purses Collected
Since 2010 we've made it our mission to empower people in Zambia. Our Sew Powerful Purse Program is central to that mission.
600,000 Weeks of School Enabled
Our Purse Program helps beneficiaries reclaim up to 6 weeks of school a year on average.
96 Staff in Zambia
Our passion is creating jobs to produce purposeful products. Our team members do well by doing good - and their households are transformed.
1,037 People Helping from Around the World
Our mission is made possible by the generous donation of time from volunteers around the world. It's because of their sacrificial service we are able to steward the ministry with an overhead rate below 5%, which allows maximum money to go straight to our programs in Zambia.
More than 85% of respondents to our 2021 survey said they would be interested in meeting other Sew Powerful purse makers. They wanted to be of service to others (69%), have friendships (68%), and share materials and supplies (51%). As many as half the respondents wanted to meet at least monthly, with 80% willing to drive up to 30 miles (or kilometers) for meetings. Learn more about our chapter formation resources.
Use our chapter locator tool to see what's happening in your area. The tool shows both existing chapters as well as chapters that are 'in-progress'. Reach out to the chapter leaders and inquire about joining them or simply make a new friend and nearby connection. Try It Now.
The Journey To Becoming An Advocate For The Poor by Jason Miles
Over the last 30 years, I've been passionate about a lot of ministry projects. From the slums of Mexico City, to hospitals in Ukraine. Remote villagers in the highlands of Honduras that needed housing.
10 Reasons We Love Women's Empowerment
We started our program in 2009 by working with eight moms. Back then, we didn't have the terminology, but our goal from the start was what's now called Women's Empowerment. Why?
Branson AQS Show
The Sew Powerful Booth at the AQS Show in Branson was THE place to be (although we may be a little biased!). Show coordinator, Jan Paul, reported that the booth was always full of people browsing
Latest Free Embroidery Designs
Every Purse Helps Change A Life