The Paper Fig Foundation

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We use Fashion and Fine Arts as an engine for economic empowerment and job creation in East Africa and beyond with our two pillar programs: Macro Approach (Cities): Industry Innovation, Fashion Week Platform Development, Master Classes, and a Hands-on Fellowship Program. Micro Approach (Rural): Using Fashion and related arts as a vehicle for women's empowerment through technical skills training.

Sewing Workshop in Rwanda

Sew School Graduation Day

Empowerment Program Recipients



$5,000 helps...

completely fund clean water at our health center

$10,000 helps...

supply an emerging designer a grant for a fashion showcase

$25,000 helps...

fully fund a quarterly operations trip for rural and city planning

$50,000 helps...

hire a new program staff member and house them for the entire year

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