BENEFITING: SOLACE INTERNATIONAL INC
SOLACE INTERNATIONAL NEEDS TO QUICKLY RAISE $57,000 TO
LAUNCH THE KEY COMPONENTS OF OUR COTTAGE INDUSTRY PROGRAM
$57,000 is a one-time investment that provides
the capital for a truly sustainable project. The
capital will open a retail shop and workshop
that will provide jobs for 16 artisans. The
retail shop will spin off $27,600 proﬁ ts annually
which will be used to reinvest into the Cottage
Industry and the construction of a 3 classroom
school per year.
The workshop will provide safe and clean
working conditions for Nepalese artisans.
The artisans will produce the goods for the
retail shop in Kathmandu and for Solace
International fundraising efforts in the USA.
We will also be connecting the artisans with
online retailers like Worldstock.com who will
bring their goods to an international market.
NEPAL RETAIL STORE
Our project manager, Michelle Winston,
has over a decade of experience working in
Nepal designing and producing jewelry. The
shop will be located in the Thamel district of
Kathmandu that is the busiest shopping area
for tourists in the city.
The shop will initially employ a minimum of
16 artisans, designers and shopkeepers. Many
of these are women are single mothers with no
other form of income. It will also provide jobs
for women who have escaped the sex trade.
Proﬁ ts from the Kathmandu retail store
are expected to reach $27,600 annually.
This will, in turn, provide capital to hire
more staff, employ more artisans, expand
the workshop, and build one three-room
Literacy is a critical issue in Nepal.
We will be building schools or adult
education centers to serve the artisans and
their children. Solace has already built
two schools in the region.
Solace has a good understanding of U.S.
markets and will be purchasing $200,000
worth of inventory for sale on our
grass roots fundraising tour in the Fall.
Volunteers in 17 states will be hosting a
total of 50 house parties where Solace staff
will be presenting our projects and selling
the cottage industry goods.
Solace will be using the proﬁts from
the sales of goods produced by the
program to cover all of our administrative
overhead for the year. This ensures that
90 cents of every dollar donated can be
used to implement projects in the ﬁeld.
By raising the funds to pay our salaries we
are creating a sustainable business model
for Solace International itself.