Ngog Tran Vu - Art is her business
Ngog Tran Vu is making the most of her Giving Joy grant. Her plan was to develop her financial skills to make her art a thriving business. So far Tran developed a business plan for her company Tran Vu Arts and is using Quickbooks for her booking. In addition, her work was accepted to the ATHICA's Yellow Juried Exhibition in Athens, Georgia and she is working on developing a new public art project that made it to the second round of NEFA's Creative City Boston grant. You go Tran!!!!
We Ceremony - amplifying the voices of women of color
We Ceremony is using digital platform to empower women of color. The Giving Joy grant is helping them expand that platform. For example, SPOTLIGHT is a monthly feature highlighting women of color from across the globe who are positively impacting their communities. Check it out athttps://www.weceremony.com/spotlightfeatures!
Dorcas Kigori - moving her business to the next level!
Dorcas Kigori was a CPA but could not find work so she started selling bags from her home in Nairobi. Business was slow but things really tuned around after she received the first Giving Joy grant installment. With the grant money she bought new stock, expanded her social media presence and “moved my business to the another level with the grant”. She has already made a profit and expanded her sales to include shoes and hair accessories! And this is just using part of the grant! Dorcas is a great example of what you can do if you are given an opportunity. Check out her merchandise on https://www.facebook.com/Tashclassy/.
Sowing the seeds of success in Northern Kenya
Lilian Chebet is an onion farmer from Northern Kenya. Her farm barely supported herself and her siblings. She heard about Giving Joy and applied for a grant. With the grant she bought onion seeds, fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide and hired day laborers to help her plant the seeds and then transplant them to her three quarter acre farm. Check out the onions so far! Looking pretty good!
Lilian hopes to get 7,000 Kgs (15,000 pounds!!!) of onions from this field. She will then use the profits to purchase enough pesticides , fertilizer, and herbicides to take care of the onions in her field. Next she plans to increase to the number of acres she will grow on to expand her farm! Lilian is one of the most impressive people I have ever met! Her success is due to sheer tenacity, will power and strength! We admire you Lilian!