FALL 2014 LOOK BOOK UGANDA/DALLAS AKOLAPROJECT.ORG
A NON-PROFIT SOCIAL BUSINESS EMPOWERING MARGINALIZED WOMEN TO ELEVATE THEIR FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY THROUGH DESIGN.
100% OF PROFITS ARE RETURNED TO AKOLA WOMEN IN UGANDA AND INVESTED IN DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES TO TRANSFORM THEIR COMMUNITIES. BELIEVE IN A WOMAN. EMPOWER A FAMILY. TRANSFORM A COMMUNITY. AKOLA PROJECT.ORG
A note from our founder: At Akola Project we are inspired by the incredible transformations we witness as women are empowered through vocational training and employment. Each season, we design accessories to sell in the global marketplace so we can expand our impact on marginalized women in East Africa through the Akola Project. Akola jewelry is hand made with care, and has provided hope and opportunity to women and children in need since 2006. Our hand crafted designs are as beautiful as the stories of transformation from the women who make them. We invite you to join us on this great journey!
-Brittany Merrill Underwood
Akola has constructed 2 training centers and drilled 23 water wells in rural Ugandan communities to support economic development.
Akola has trained 200 marginalized women who lack educational and vocational skiils to become artisans so they can care for the 7+ children who live in their homes.
Akola guarentees each woman a monthly income so they can meet the basic needs of their children including food, schooling, medical care and shelter.
Fashionable P roducts
Akola jewelry and handbags that compete with for-profit brands in over 250 high-end boutiques.
Savings and Loans
Akola facilitates savings and loans associations to encourage women to save 10-30% of their earned income.
Women use their Akola income to invest in local businesses to create sustainability for generations to come.
A I LAUREL, $132
HORN COLLECTION HAND CARVED HORN
THIS COLLECTION INTRODUCES ETHICALLY SOURCED ANKOLE HORN PAIRED WITH ETHIOPIAN HAND CAST METALS FOR STUNNING STATEMENT PIECES.
A I TARSIS, $88
B I CORONET, $68
ETHIOPIAN COLLECTION HAND CAST METALS
OUR METALLIC BEADS AND PENDANTS AR E HAND MADE BY LOCAL ARTISANS FROM MELTED ARTILLERY SHELLS AND ASSEMBLED BY AKOLA WOMEN IN EASTERN UGANDA. THE TRANSFORMATION OF MELTED BULLET SHELLS INTO BEAUTIFUL BEADS TELLS A STORY OF REDEMPTION.
A I TOKEN, $42 B I TETHER,$88 C I ROPE, $72 D I LUNA, $72
A I ROPE, $72 B I LUNA, $72 C I TOKEN, $42 D I TETHER, $88
A I UMOJA, $78 B I CHARM, $70 C I FORTE, $50 D I LONG UNITY, $68
KENYAN COLLECTION HAND CRAFTED SEA GLASS
OUR STUNNING SEA GLASS BEADS ARE HAND CRAFTED IN KENYA. THE NECKLACES ARE ASSEMBLED BY AKOLA PROJECT WOMEN IN UGANDA. FALL SEA GLASS COLORS: PISTACHIO, COBALT, TOFFEE, BLUSH, AQUAMARINE, CRIMSON AND CITRUS.
A I SEA GLASS TOKEN, $48 B I FORTE, $50 C I UMOJA, $78
PAPER COLLECTION HAND ROLLED PAPER BEADS & HAND CAST PENDANTS
/ HAND ROLLED AND ASSEMBLED WITH CARE, THIS COLLECTION FEATURES UGANDAN HAND ROLLED PAPER BEADS THAT ARE PAIRED WITH HAND CAST METAL PENDANTS FROM ETHIOPIA.
CUSTOM DESIGN YOUR OWN:
1. SELECT YOUR STYLE 2. CHOOSE YOUR COLOR 3. SELECT NICKEL OR BRASS PENDANT
A I DEMI, $86 B I FORTE, $50