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The Sunshine Initiative Project

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The Sunshine Initiative developed as a result of a serendipitous friendship between two Peace Corps volunteers; Tricia Smallwood and Ashley Wierzbicki. In order to support and encourage one another we used the word "sunshine" to remind each other to stay hopeful and optimistic despite whatever was going on around and in us throughout their two years of service in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, in Sub-Saharan Africa. Today Lesotho is number three on the World's HIV/AIDS ranking and more than half of the Basotho people live on less than a dollar a day. As members of the community for two years and as people who have left a significant portion of our hearts there: we have been inspired to act.

As mentioned, "sunshine" became a consistent mantra that between us; a reminder that light was never out of reach even in the darkest of moments. We hope to utilize our personal mantra to inspire optimism, encourage hope, champion the ambition of good deeds and nurture positive progress at all levels of the global community.

In order to do that we're planning on using fashion as a medium to garner support, spread the word and contribute positive messages into this noisy world of ours. The ultimate goal is to start our own non-government organization that offers micro-loans to entrepreneurs in Lesotho.

Our experience as Peace Corps Volunteers, working in the HIV/AIDS field, taught us that without economic success a country and it's people will struggle to thrive in every sector of society (i.e. health, education etc.)

Both Ashley and I, are passionate about paying forward all of what Lesotho and its people have given to us and would appreciate your participation.

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