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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.
71,459 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.
325,524 Weeks of School Enabled
Our Purse Program helps beneficiaries reclaim up to 6 weeks of school a year on average.
62 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.
405 People Helping from Around the World
Our mission is made possible by the generous donation of time from volunteers around the world as they make the Sew Powerful Purses.
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 Tikondane Garden Project
Chris trudges down the dirt road, hauling two five-gallon buckets full of water. As he makes his way past the closely built single-story homes, he follows other pedestrians and a single bicyclist. He slips into an alley...
The Journey Of A Sew Powerful Purse
Excited chatter fills the dusty roadway outside the Ngombe Sewing Co-op. The news has spread throughout the compound that a long, blue flatbed truck is parked on the main road. The flatbed...
How Scraps Of Fabric Can Transform Lives
It may begin with a favorite quilt block, an assortment of scrap fabric, or an embroidery design. It may be an unfinished project that is repurposed, or an upcycled item of clothing. But every Sew Powerful purse has a...