At 365 Retail Markets we celebrate the innovators, the dreamers, those who take a chance and see opportunity where others see obstacles. We are grateful that you have been with us on this journey. This year we have donated in your name to support innovators in education, literacy, and craftsmanship in West Africa through our partnership with Three Sisters. the videos below explain the connection between your gifts, the people who made them, and you.
Thank you for supporting our social enterprise. The book that you received, The Two Brothers, was created by members of the Trois Soeurs Education Fund because there were no children’s books in the languages they spoke at home. Books are essential for creating a culture of literacy which can, in turn, improve their lifelong earning potential. At Three Sisters we are grateful for the support that 365 Retail Markets has provided for our Books That Bind Program, including their monetary and in-kind donations. Kids in our programs have learned how to type, how to use programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel, and Bloom Software. They see a better future and aspire to be engineers, architects, nurses, and teachers. We are proud of the brave steps that they have taken to create the first-ever bilingual children’s books in five of their national languages.
The handmade soapstone cup was made in Niger by Aghali Albaka and his team of craftsmen in the Sahara desert. They come from a long line of artisans who work with stone, silver, metal, and leather. Each cup takes two days to make, and the intricate designs represent the designs made by the wind in the sand. Profits from the sale of these cups helps Ali and his community build a new well, pay school fees for their children, and pay fair wages to all members of the team. 365 Retail Markets has also given an additional donation to provide dust masks to safeguard the health of the workers in Niger.