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Meet Carry 117, beautifully crafted handmade goods for a cause!

Meet Yosi, COO of Carry 117! Pictures courtesy of Carry 117

People of Charlotte, get to know Carry 117! This incredible nonprofit organization is transforming the lives of at-risk women in Korah, Ethiopia. By training them to sew and providing a job for them, Carry 117 empowers women to be self-sufficient and support their families. They make beautiful handmade leather products, such as tote bags, clutches, keychains, sunglass cases, credit card holders, and more. The products are sold online, as well as in churches, personal parties, schools, and at festivals. Proceeds from the sales go to support the cause. Learn more about their important work by visiting Carry 117.

In their own words: “Carry 117’s heartbeat is orphan prevention and family preservation through empowering women. We believe that economic empowerment provides the foundation necessary for sustainable development."

The Carry 117 model revolves around this belief, going beyond charity to support income alternatives. We can help preserve families and prevent more orphans in Korah, Ethiopia by providing opportunities for women to work and earn a paycheck.

We provide a hand up, rather than a hand out.

By buying our products, you are helping restore dignity to women and helping preserve families in Ethiopia.”

Check us out on instagram!

Meet Rahawa from Gonder, Ethiopia! While working with Carry 117, she is studying accounting.


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