“What do you do for the city that gave you everything you have, you give it everything you can give”… Determined to making a change in the city she grew up in, Anna Gala is starting a social purpose bracelet brand that aims to employ and empower underprivileged women in Toronto….with ambitions that stretch across the globe. Project Village aims to support underprivileged women in Toronto using the love of bracelets, because being kind is always in fashion.
LAAH: What exactly is it that you do?
Project Village Bracelets is a company that is being launched very soon and our mission is to employ and empower underprivileged women in Toronto, Canada through the production and sales of our trendy bracelets. Our goal is to break the cycle of dependence and create life lasting change. By employing these women we give them a job that pays well, but the bonus is they will have access to empowerment programs, will be with positive influences in a positive environment, and if they choose they can work from home to be with their families and also continue working day jobs if they have previous employment. We will help them reach their personal and socioeconomic goals.
We will be launching our Indiegogo Campaign very soon and are so excited to share our bracelets with the world and show how making socially conscious and forward thinking purchases can make a world of change in peoples lives. Stay tuned…
LAAH: Why do you do it and what is the motivation or passion that keeps you going?
We believe that to create real sustainable change you need to empower. Charitable or government handouts just perpetuate the cycle of dependence and don’t allow for real change to occur. We want to really shake things up and prove that our model makes an impact and then after we have had success in Toronto, we hope to launch in other cities to continue to empower underprivileged women. We believe that strong women, should help strengthen other women and that extends to all people. We should help lift each other up instead of putting each other down.
LAAH: Who are your allies and supporters in this enterprise?
So far we have a wonderful support system that is going to really help us make an impact. PACT Urban Peace Program and the Jean Augustine Center for Young Women’s Empowerment have taken us under their wing and have given us access to their programs, coaches and facilities. We are thrilled!
LAAH: Like anything in life worth working for there must be difficulties and struggles too. Can you share with us what have been your greatest challenges?
Lets be honest, starting any company is scary, but starting a company that needs sales to support your giving model … EVEN SCARIER! So we need to depend on our supporters, to help this mission come to fruition. By supporting, sharing and talking about Project Village, they are giving more chances for us to reach more women in need and continue to support the ones that join us early on.
People can help by liking and following us on social media and subscribing to our website mailing list. By doing so they will be the first to know when we launch our campaign and exactly how they can support us on our mission. A simple start to making a difference.
“We are trying to establish our online community because after all, it takes a village. So please join the movement and subscribe at ProjectVillage.ca ! Thank you so much in advance”
Guest Author Bio – Anna Gala
Anna Gala is the founder of Project Village Bracelets and dedicated to making a difference. She has been involved with various charitable foundations for more then a decade, and decided she wanted to make an impact in her own way. Working for TOMS Shoes for 4 years has served as a great education in giving models and the retail industry and she can now fine tune her mission to be as impactful as possible. Her mottos are “Strong women should help strengthen other women” & “Being kind is always in fashion”
Website: Project Village