We are grateful to be participating in the the Christmas Collective this Sunday, December 8th, at the Convention Center in downtown San Diego. This event put on by Flood Church combines a Christmas concert with a marketplace for people to buy gifts that make an impact around the world. Each of the vendors represent causes, sharing their work and selling products to support their efforts.
Our current cause at the Yadumu Project is a water project for the community of Rakwaro in Western Kenya. 100% of our profits are going directly toward drilling a well in an area that has long needed access to clean water. We are aiming to raise money for the first phase of this project, drilling and installing a water pump, by receiving donations and selling Kenyan-themed products.
Last year we returned from Kenya with tea, bracelets and handmade bags. The demand at the Christmas Collective was greater than our supply so thanks to the help of a friend traveling to Kenya, we are bringing more products this year. We've also worked with partners to provide additional premium products. Rebekah from A Well Traveled Brand used fabrics she selected in Kenya to create beautiful bags and crayon rollers for children. She has also worked with Haitian Creations to create a leather luggage tag that reminds us to "Travel Well".
Marcus Nafziger designed and built rustic wooden coasters that he gave us as a gift. We liked them so much that we asked him to make more for the Christmas Collective. Coffee and Tea Collective, one of San Diego's finest roasters, graciously agreed to roast and package premium Kenyan coffee for us to purchase and resell. We are also working with a local purveyor of tea to source loose-leaf Kenyan tea to sell in addition to the tea we brought back from Kenya.
This year's Christmas Collective should be the largest yet and we are prepared with our best product lineup to date. We believe that this will allow us to take a significant step toward raising the $15k needed to bring clean water to Rakwaro. If you are anywhere near San Diego on December 8th, make sure you check out the Christmas Collective. We look forward to seeing you there!