What is Our Purpose?
"Courage with DR Congo" is an online store, built by St. Lawrence College Marketing students.
Our store aims to raise funds for the Tchukudu Women's Training Centre (TWTC), a centre focused on providing women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with valuable skills to create their own future. The women learn how to sew, basket weave, dye fabric, and more. Graduates of TWTC start their own seamstress/tailoring businesses, and gain financial independence for themselves and their families.
All the proceeds from the products sold from this site will go to support the women and children connected to the Tchukudu Women’s Training Centre.
With your help, we can help the women to empower themselves to thrive independently
Women with Courage
Read the stories of the courageous women at the Tchukudu Women's Training Centre. In the face of life-altering challenges like malnutrition, ongoing conflict in the DRC, sexual violence, lack of access to clean water, HIV, and extreme poverty, these women are ambitious entrepreneurs, committed to developing their skills and building an independent future for themselves and their families.
See the Acknowledgements page for more details about the below people who were indispensable to this project.
Cathy Cleary is a founder of the,Tchukudu Women’s Training Centre. Learn more about the Tchukudu Project and how you can get involved at https://cacha.ca/projects/the-tchukudu-womens-training-centre-twtc/
Heather Haynes is an internationally known artist based in Gananoque, Ontario, who generously donated the cover images for Journal Notebooks, and many photos that are used on this site. Visit Heather Haynes Gallery to learn more aboutHeather's work.
Emmy Pickering is a Kingston-based business owner, essential oils educator, and dōTERRA Diamond Leader, who supported our successful proposal for are usable sanitary pad project. She has dōTERRA essential oils that can be paired with the Lava Bead Bracelets in this store. Visit www.essentiallyemmy.com.
Richard E. Armstrong is a visual artist in Kingston, Ontario, who generously donated the greeting cards for sale on this store. The image on the card is an original painting by Richard. You can contact Richard directly at RichardEArmstrong@gmail.com.
Spark is an in-house creative agency at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. The talented team at Spark developed the brand identity, look and logo for this store, Courage with DR Congo. Learn more about Spark at www.sparkSLC.ca.
Store design and website contentby Sarah Lanteigne, with contribution fromNathan Wilkinson and Nicholas Belmont. All graduates of St Lawrence College.
Product photography by Colton Leonard, an Advertising & Marketing Communications student at St.Lawrence College, and a freelance photographer and videographer.
Store logistics -order fulfillment, inventory management, website management are lovingly handled by Elizabeth Good. Elizabeth met the women’s advisory committee at planning meetings in Rwanda in 2017.