Empower women in the Democratic Republic of Congo! 100% of proceeds goes toward the Women's Training Centre!


This student-run social entreprise e-store, in support of Tchukudu Women's Training Centre, is a highly collaborative project, which involved many people at St. Lawrence College and the Kingston community. 

We could like to thank the following contributors:

Cathy Cleary is an International Impact Facilitator from Kingston, Ontario, who spends her time raising funds for projects in Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo. She is the founder of the Tchukudu Women’s Training Centre as well as co-founder of https://www.bridgingpost.com/ Cathy partnered with St. Lawrence College Marketing students, allowing us to use her project as the basis for this online e-store as part of our course work. Learn more about the Tchukudu Project and how you can get involved at https://cacha.ca/projects/the-tchukudu-womens-training-centre-twtc/

Shopify is a Canadian e-commerce company, which provides a platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems. Shopify partnered with St. Lawrence College in creating this experiential learning opportunity for students. 

Heather Haynes is an internationally known artist, based north of Kingston, Ontario who has been painting professionally for 27 years. Heather is also the original founder of the Tchukudu Kids Home and World’s Collide Africa. Due to Heather’s extensive travels in DR Congo and Tanzania, a large portion of her work features portraits of the women and children that she meets. Heather generously donated poster art for sale on this store. In addition, half of the proceeds from the Dignity original painting will go to the Tchukudu Project. Heather's artwork is also featured on the Notebook Journal covers, and in images throughout this website. Most of the photos of the women at Tchukudu Training Centre on this site are Heather's. 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 to learn more about dōTERRA essential oils.

Richard E. Armstrong is a visual artist based in Kingston, Ontario. Richard generously donated the greeting cards for sale on this store; the image on the card is an original painting by Richard, based on images from the Tchukudu Women's Training Centre. You can contact Richard directly at RichardEArmstrong1948@gmail.com.

Spark is an in-house creative agency at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. Spark's multidisciplinary team, comprised of both students and young professionals, delivers industry standard, quality marketing solutions for real clients. 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

This store is operated by St. Lawrence College Marketing students as part of their course work in MARK4 Retail Strategy Development, supervised by professor Polina Buchan. Marketing students in MARK14 Integrated Marketing Communications developed the advertising plan for this store, and students in COMM58 Advanced Communication created advertising materials, both under supervision of professor Kathleen Wright. Professor Pam Bovey Armstrong has championed use of the Shopify platform in course work across the curriculum. 

Store design and website content by Sarah Lanteigne, with contribution from Nathan Wilkinson and Nicholas Belmont. All three are Business Administration Marketing students at St. Lawrence College.

Product photography by Colton Leonard, an Advertising & Marketing Communications student at St. Lawrence College, and a freelance photographer and videographer.

Images of women at the Tchukudu Training Centre generously provided by Cathy Cleary and Heather Haynes. 

Store logistics (order fulfillment, inventory management) by students in MARK4 Retail Strategy Development course at St. Lawrence College