Through the Association of Women Tie-Dyers Project and the Soussi Small Loans Project, we worked directly with approximately 300 women entrepreneurs to sustainably grow their business. Our women artisans were provided with small business loans and materials (i.e. buckets, fabrics, pots, pans, colors) to run their business. Women artisans exchanged lessons on the best way to further their businesses using our peer-to-peer learning platform.
We collaborated with renowned designer Tory Burch for her Spring 2013 collection. The tie-dye fabrics of our women artisans were showcased at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama wore a dress from the Tory Burch collaboration for the inauguration of her Drink Up Campaign in 2013.
In 2014, we partnered with Lemlem, founded by Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede, to produce fabrics for their Fall 2014 collection. We also implemented an agriculture development project by forming an association of over 50 smallholder farmers and providing them with loans, seeds and fertilizers to promote food security in the community.
women artisan partners working together across Guinea to increase their income
countries of implementation since 2008
smallholder farmers running community farms to increase food security and income for their households
people impacted by our programs focused on economic development and skills training
I have a universal question: Do women’s lives really matter?
The answer to this question depends on where you are in the world. If you are in the Republic of Guinea, no, women’s lives do not matter. If you are the husband, child, or the family member of Salematou Camara, women’s lives do not matter. If you are Salematou Camara, your life really does not matter.
Aissata Camara, an NYU Wagner alumni and co-founder of the There is No Limit Foundation explained to participants at the hackathon that SMS was the best technology to use. “When there is a problem many peoples’ first instinct at these events is to create an app,” she said. “I was able to give [participants] the cultural context so they could understand [that] certain things wouldn’t work. I helped them realize the best technology is SMS technology.”
On Saturday, November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd, 2014, There Is No Limit Foundation partnered with the Greene House and Design Tinkering Club at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering (NYU Poly) to gather technologists, makers, hackers, designers, activists, and medical experts to work on implementable solutions to address the Ebola outbreak currently in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and threatening the rest of the world.
On October 24th, 2014, There Is No Limit Foundation co-sponsored the first walk in NYC to fight against ebola in collaboration with the West African Ebola Task Team led by the United African Congress (UAC) and Give Them A Hand Foundation. Our Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Aissata M.B. Camara message to the crowd of attendees was clear:”Ebola is a global problem that requires a global solution. Let’s fight to end ebola so we can go back to promoting the security and dignity of people.”
Nine-year old Paloma has to be one of the most adorable little girls in New York City. She loves to read, draw and sing. Her favorite foods include chocolates and carrots. Yes, she’s young but speak with her and you can sense that she has a developed understanding of the world. Last year, she donated some of her favorite toys to kids in Guinea.
In the grand scheme of work, it’s easy to forget about your website and blog. Actually, these two big marketing tools can start to feel like an obligation. Creating content becomes a chore and you lose sight of the power these tools hold. So in December, we embarked on a long journey of creating a user friendly website and blog that represented our work and who we are at There Is No Limit Foundation.
We provide poor and ultra-poor communities access to clean water and latrines.
We promote the economic independence of ultra-poor individuals, specifically women and children.
We provide access to quality education in order to increase the enrollment and retention of students, especially girls.
We donate medical supplies and equipments to hospitals in developing countries.
We provide interest free business loans to entrepreneurs (especially women) in order to boost their income.
We help women tie-dyers generate income by providing them with the tools, skills, and market they need.
We promote the education of poor and ultra-poor children by working with parents, students and teachers.
We promote health and sanitation in the poorest communities by mobilizing local resources.