Make A Difference: Kula Project
It's one thing to do a good thing in the world. It's another thing to do good AND involve coffee and that's just what Sarah Sasson and the team at Kula Project is doing.
We heard about Kula through a trusted friend and advisor (@Van Baird) and quickly became the appropriate amount of obsessed.
Kula Project is a non-profit founded on a belief that (this is gold) poverty is not a lack of money but a lack of opportunity. And ever since May of 2012 they have been working with citizens in Rwanda to help create the opportunity they need to break out of poverty and thrive in the local and global economy.
Poverty is not a lack of money but a lack of opportunity.
But maybe we should back up a little and introduce you to the boss behind the mission: Sarah Sasson.
Sarah is a GA State alum with a degree in Poly Sci + focus International Development + African Politics. *moment of silence for all of us using our degrees to change the lives of thousands of people*
A trip to Kenya while she was still in college exposed Sarah to the lives of women doing all sorts of odd jobs to make enough money to provide for their families. This sparked the theory that poverty is not just about not having funds, it's about not having opportunity.
And so, like anyone, Sarah traveled back to the states, changed her degree from Pre-Law to International Development + African Politics and the rest is his(her)story.
It took Sarah and her husband James and their small team a few years to actually feel like they were making a difference.
Lots of mindsets had to be changed.
And now, 7 years later, Kula is still alive and kicking and making a *huge* difference in lives of coffee business owners. Folks that lived through the Rwandan genocide now own businesses and are able to provide for their families in ways they might not have ever had the opportunity to if it wasn't for Kula and all the folks that support it.
Which is what Net Mill is challenging you to do.
It takes $1,000 to sponsor one fellow throughout the 15 month program that will set them up to build their own business and change the lives of everyone in their family (and some of these folks have big families).
Now we might not be able to raise a grand in a night- but we bet we could raise about $350 to help Kula make an impact. So bring your cash to our January event and help us help Kula make a lasting difference.
Speaking of our January event, we asked Sarah if she had any tips on networking and of course she had several- so we picked our 3 favorite:
In order to be an effective networker you need to avoid being a ladder climber- and we think that'll preach.
Go into a networking event with 2 or 3 things that you need and 2 or 3 things that you can offer others.
Don't feel the need to follow up with someone when you know there is no added value in an additional conversation. You don't have to have coffee with every human you meet.
In summary, be intentional about the community you are building around you.
For the people. For the mission. For the coffee. 😉