What is Our Purpose?
"Courage with DR Congo" is an online store, built and run 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 empower women to independently thrive.
Original mixed media painting by artist Heather Haynes is available for sale, at $1,000 CAD + HST.
Half of the proceeds from this sale will go to the Tchukudu Project, and half to the artist.
If you are interested in purchasing this original artwork, please click here for more details.
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 co-founder of the Tchukudu Project. Learn more about the Tchukudu Project and how you can get involved at www.cacha.ca.
Heather Haynes is an internationally known artist based north of Kingston, Ontario, who generously donated poster art, the cover image for Journal Notebooks, and many photos that are used on this site. Visit Heather Haynes Gallery to learn more about Heather's work.
Emmy Pickering is a Kingston-based business owner, essential oils educator, and dōTERRA Diamond Leader, who generously donated dōTERRA essential oils that are 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.
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) by the students in MARK4 Retail Strategy Development course at St. Lawrence College.