2017 was another extraordinary year under our belt and it couldn't have been done without each and every one of you. Your ongoing support and purchases have enabled us to expand our efforts in Uganda for 2018. The intent of this email is to let you know where your proceeds have gone or will be going.
As some of you may know, b.a.r.e. soaps is a part time effort and we volunteer our time because we believe in the cause and product. We started b.a.r.e. soaps as a vehicle to fund economic development initiatives and we are proud to share the impact all of us have collectively made in 2017. However, some changes are a comin' in 2018, so please read all the way to the end of the post.
Last year, we were able to expand into the Kalwa Slum in India, via a new partnership with Sundara Fund to employ 3 women with fair wages. These women not onlyrepurpose used hotel soap and redistribute them in the slums, but they also act as ambassadors in sharing good hygiene practices with their communities.
In 2017, we were able to expand the initiative to bring some of those repurposed hotel soaps to sell in the US in the form of 360 repurposed bars. Barring a few logistical challenges, we were able to sell two batches of these soaps. We have now encountered some additional challenges but will continue to work with Sundara on this initiative.
As a small, part-time business, one of the challenges is scaling. In 2018, we will be outsourcing fulfillment as the main fulfiller (Jessie) is moving abroad to Berlin for a short term assignment for her full time job. We contemplated a few options but determine that this was the best route as it will allow us to scale further to pursue more non-profit initiatives.
We understand that the primary disadvantage of outsourcing fulfillment will mean a less personal touch when folks receive their packages. However, should you experience any issues, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Jessie will still be able to run the overall operations from abroad!
Thank you so much again for your support this year. We continued to gain momentum in the press, being featured in Woman's Day, Mashable, and a lovely callout from Jen Hatmaker in addition to many award winning blogs/publications. One easy way that you can help us is by leaving a review if you haven’t yet- it helps everyone make a more informed purchase!
Hoping everyone has a healthy and amazing 2018 filled with meaning and hope!
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