AND SEW IT BEGINS
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.