A key element of PSYDEH’s ongoing “Fruits of Change” project is our experiential learning activity called “the embroidery initiative.” This element and the project are crowdfunded with hundreds of small global donor investments through our GlobalGiving sponsored campaigns.
Here, PSYDEH engages in classic supply/demand methods when celebrating the reality that women partners can supply global demand for high-quality, handmade artisan goods. Specifically, we use “Fruits of Change” funds to invest in women leader artisans’ crafts to
(a) help these budding business women to better understand quality control and production and pricing challenges,
(b) directly invest in one of women partners’ few available income streams– the sale of artisan goods. This links long-term community development strategies undergirding our scalable model to short-term monetary gain for women co-leading our work, and
(c) leverage this short-term gain for women into a medium-term gain for women by auctioning off the purchased goods at fundraising events in Fall 2018. All profits are channeled to pay for updating women’s NGO’s constitutions, changes critical to the NGOs ability to pursue federal government funding in 2019.