Some of you know we’ve recently transitioned into a nonprofit! The revenue we’ve been able to generate from our store purchases has significantly impacted sustainable growth and development at our cooperative in the DRC. Now, we’re taking this impact to the next level.

As we dive into the season of giving, we’re excited to announce our first annual Year-End Appeal fundraising campaign! From now through December 31st, you can become part of achieving our fundraising goal of $12,000. These funds will expand our capacity to provide business training and professional development for more deserving artisans and entrepreneurs in Congo. Any gift, no matter the size, will contribute to making this possible.

“My friends are excited to learn more about running our own local business so that we can provide for our children.” —Tandiayo, Totonga Bomoi artisan

As a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), our donors can rest assured that their gifts are making an authentic, responsible, and significant impact on the lives of our cooperative members and their families. The FTF is a community of verified businesses committed to holistic, 360° fair trade—which means the entirety of our operations are socially and environmentally accountable. FTF membership represents an entire organization, not just an individual product. This high bar of fair trade ensures that all business decisions are made with the well-being of local artisans and farmers in mind.

“The cooperative has blessed my life in many ways. This is my first time using the computer and registering for Facebook. I have also learned how to Google search for new fashion ideas. I love sewing and look forward to learning!”—Esther, Totonga Bomoi artisan

“I studied Business Management at the local university. I am proud to be part of Totonga Bomoi because of the development it brings to our community. It motivates me to use my knowledge to help others. I am able to use my understanding of computers and social media to connect our artisans to their customers in the U.S.”—Faustin, Totonga Bomoi Program Manager

In addition, purchases from our store will continue to positively impact our ability to serve our cooperative members and their communities. If you’re looking for a unique holiday gift, our vibrant head wraps, bow ties, and pocket squares are perfect for adding a special glimmer of compassion! (Make sure to get your Christmas orders in by December 17th!)

Whether you make a charitable donation or a purchase from our store, your involvement in Totonga Bomoi’s mission will connect more Congolese artisans with thoughtful and compassionate consumers around the world. Join us today!

“Our cooperative has opened  my eyes. The financial impact on my life is amazing. It helps my community in many ways. Thank you to all my customers who have helped me to create a brighter future.”—Patience, Totonga Bomoi artisan