The Bombchel Factory: Buy Authentic Garments Directly Benefiting Disadvantaged Liberians
Kickstarter operates under the guise of human beings having an altruistic desire to support causes they care about. And sure, most campaigns try to butter you up with rewards depending on your level of giving, but most of us don’t need the free DVD or autographed picture that comes with a $5 pledge.
The Bombchel Factory, however, is doing something very unique with their Kickstarter that’s as customized as the clothes pledging allows you to purchase. The self-titled “African fashion wonderland” produces “ethically made, high quality garments for sale in Monrovia, Liberia,” and with Kickstarter they’re allowing women all over the world to purchase those clothes via the crowdfunding’s pledge-reward system. For instance, a $25 pledge gets you a patchy pouch perfect for holding eyewear; a $50 pledge yields a high-waisted mini-skirt; a pencil wrap skirt comes with a pledge of $75; and there are even combo pack price points that allow you to double up on items — like a blouse and a skirt — or get menswear for your beau.
What’s most important about this campaign, though, is the way in which it benefits women in Africa. The Bombchel Factory hires and trains disadvantaged people throughout Liberia, with employees who have either been affected by Ebola, are rape survivors, or are students from the Hope School for the Deaf. So basically you can get cute for a cause at a much cheaper price than other retailers selling authentic African garmets.
It only took The Bombchel Factory six days to meet its initial goal of $35,000, and with nine days left in the campaign the organization could potentially double that number, having raised $56,000 to date. Check out a video on how The Bombchel Factory works below and also take a look at some of their designs on Facebook. To donate to their fund, click here.