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


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

We would 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, where they used her project as the basis for this online e-store. 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 in Gananoque, Ontario who has been painting professionally for 30 years. Heather is also the original founder of the Tchukudu Kids Home and Art for Courage https://www.theartofcourage.ca/ . 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 has been a huge support and most recently endorsed our successful proposal for a reusable sanitary pad project. She offers 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 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 multi-disciplinary  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

St. Lawrence College Staff: With the support of 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 SLC curriculum. 

Store design and website content by Sarah Lanteigne, with contribution from Nathan Wilkinson and Nicholas Belmont.

Product photography by Colton Leonard, an Advertising & Marketing Communications, 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 and website management are lovingly handled by Elizabeth Good. Elizabeth met the Tchukudu Women’s Advisory Committee at planning meetings in Rwanda in 2017.