Soul Swag, LLC passionately supports Rising Lotus Children’s Village (RLCV), a safe home since 2005 for orphans and disadvantaged children in Nepal. In addition to complete care, RLCV offers hope of escaping the cycle of poverty through a rigorous and quality education program.
Soul Swag originated out of pure necessity and a genuine desire to never give up. RLCV required additional funding in order to increase the programs reach as the number of Nepalese children in need grew at exponential rates. Founder Tracy Brandt spent 2 ½ years locating local Nepalese factories, free of child labor, which could produce promotional bags for import and sale in the US. Profits from Soul Swag sales were to be donated to RLCV.
The tragic earthquake which rocked Nepal in April of 2015 shattered that plan. At a devastating 7.8 on the Richter scale, many lives were lost and much of the country endured massive hardships. Although not completely destroyed, the RLCV home sustained a significant amount of damage, including the kitchen, sleeping areas and the entire volunteer quarters.
Sadly the factory was not so lucky; the powerful quake reduced all of the buildings to piles of rubble and debris. And although extremely relieved that no one lost their life at RLCV or at the factory, we worried about RLCV’s future as its potential Nepalese source for cash flow was eradicated.
Back home countless avenues of production were researched that might be able to serve as an income source for RCLV, equipment acquisition was investigated and many local marketing companies were approached for assistance in Soul Swags sales efforts.
A contact by Alyssa Fiore, Soul Swags Director of Global Awareness with a local promotional products distributor proved timely and fortuitous. Not only did it transpire that both had mutual acquaintances, but importantly the owner expressed a desire to help. Over time, the links grew closer between the two organizations and the distributor expressed to RCLV Founder, Tracy Brandt a desire to help further the mission of Soul Swag. This grew from simply offering substantial discounts on products to becoming an integral part of the Soul Swag team.
During their time with Soul Swag, the distributor shared much to help create a solid platform on which to build the future success of Soul Swag and in doing so, providing a continued source of funds to the children of RCLV. For that valuable input, the current Soul Swag team led by Tracy Brandt are sincerely indebted.
And that is our story!
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To learn more about this devastating earthquake, check out this great documentary from Nova:
You can purchase the full documentary from PBS here.