Welcome to the Paper Fig Foundation

May 24, 2018  

Welcome to the new website for the Paper Fig Foundation! 

We hope if you won’t mind if we take this opportunity to share some of our impact in the community. Since 2009: 

We have launched 3 Sewing Schools in 4 Countries (Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Ghana). Our funding has purchased 12 sewing machines and underwritten the stipends of teachers. We have enrolled and graduated 300 women in professional training courses, and supported Fellows through our Fellowship program. We have recruited and funded 3 expert professionals to teach 2 Master Classes, which have helped produced 15 runway shows in countries, featuring 200 local designers, 400 local models, 300 support staff and local interns. 

In addition to building fashion runways to create inroads for economic empowerment, we have also supported communities where they needed it most.

With the help of 50volunteers, we have helped physically build 2 Health Centers in Kasese, Uganda that have treated thousands of women and children for malaria, intestinal illnesses, and other critical illnesses. We have immunized hundreds of children for 6 fatal diseases, both in the health center and by going door-to-door. We have also hosted over 25 educational programs focused on using mosquito nets, family planning, and other wellness exercises. We have also given uniforms and school supplies to over 100 students. And finally, we have helped 190 women in Kasese by forming a Women’s Empowerment micro-loan program. 

All these numbers mean that in less than a decade, we have achieved an estimated gross financial impact of over $US 750,000! 

Please take a look around our website,  join our community, and if you can, please make a contribution. Any amount will help continue to build runways to make inroads in economic development in East and West Africa. We have a new goal of making a million dollars in impact by the end of this year. Will you help us get there?

And please come back often, as we will soon launch our new blog and share new content based on our research and experience working at the intersection of Africa, Fashion, Technology and Fashion!


Laurie DeJong


The Paper Fig Foundation