AND SEW IT BE­GINS

Elle (Canada) - - World -

Almost two dozen young women who grew up in the Noel Or­phan­age in Gisenyi, Rwanda, can now af­ford to pay their own univer­sity tu­ition—and help feed more than 900 school­child­ren in their vil­lage—thanks to sewing train­ing from Tara Clap­per’s non­profit No. 41 (no41.org), based in Nashville, Tenn. Since March 2012, the tiny start-up has taught many of the over-18-year-old girls still liv­ing at the or­phan­age (with limited op­por­tu­ni­ties for work and ed­u­ca­tion) the cul­tur­ally rel­e­vant skill and has pro­vided them with sta­ble liv­ing-wage jobs craft­ing tote bags. The sale of each $75

bag cov­ers a year’s worth of school lunches for a lo­cal child.

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