No. 41 started on a whim and a prayer in March 2012, with the intent of teaching young women from the Noel Orphanage in Gisenyi, Rwanda (ages 18-25) not only to sew, a culturally relevant trade that would always sustain them, but to give back to their community through a feeding program supporting local schools.
The first No.41 bag (for one child, for one meal, for one year) was sold in May 2012 and today No.41 employs 21 women from the orphanage, as well as 11 from the surrounding village. We have 9 mamas better providing for their 13 children and 17 of our young women are now enrolled in university.
No. 41 is about empowering young women. Our goal is not to give them the world, but to show them that God has already given them everything they need to go out there and take it. When you join with us, you are truly changing the world FOR ONE.
This ministry is truly Rockin' it! And YOU can be apart of it through prayer, sponsorship, or purchasing an amazing bag. We have met many of these girls and they are so inspiring. Not only have their lives been transformed, but they are changing the lives of the children in their community. Way cool ya'll!
Each bag provides...For ONE child, for ONE meal, for ONE year
Visit No.41 to read more about these amazing artisans and see what God is doing in their lives!
This is what you amazing Midland, TX peeps did with the first Trunk Show. 55 Bags people!!!!! That's 55 kiddos getting lunch EVERYDAY for a year!!! Thank you to every person that purchased a great bag. We love seeing them around town!!! Check my FB updates for the next Trunk Show in April!
These precious back packs are available!!!!
When you buy a No.41 backpack, you are also providing a backpack for a primary school student in Rwanda. Backpacks are handmade by a new partnering women's co-op in Gisenyi, Rwanda. All bags are made with African iktenge fabric and standard Rwandan school uniform material.