We poured our hearts into the curriculum for the Mariemae Business School and tried to cover the practical aspects of building a business that wasn’t covered (or we didn’t fully grasp) in business school. As each of the fundamentals we covered were issues that we had personally dealt with in building our business, we thought it might be helpful to our community here as well. Therefore, over the next few months, we will run a series of blog posts on “Lessons from the Mariemae Business School.” Topics will include goal-setting, your personal brand, the importance of understanding your customer, and how to look for and pursue market opportunities.
During our latest trip to Rwanda, we worked with an amazing group of photographers to document a typical day in the Mariemae Business School. In addition to the unbelievable photography we’ve been showing you over the last month, we are happy to show you the first of the interviews Kelsi Klembara conducted with the ladies in our Class of 2015. Please meet Xavera, the hardest working woman I've ever met and the manager at No.41.
Sometimes you get buried in the day-to-day craziness of building a business, and you don’t have the chance to personally interact as much as you would like with the very customers you are building the products for. You also do not get to spend as long as you would like talking about the very real people our customers are helping or the curriculum we worked so hard on for the Mariemae Business School classes.
I make it a point to not post this type of information as I - and they - do not want you to feel sorry for them (and you shouldn't because they are amazing women and we can learn A LOT from them about being happy and content with what we have). But each of these sweet, happy and hardworking women you see here start off each day with walking to get water for their families. After spending time with them, there isn't a time I turn that faucet that I don't think about them
This is why we have partnered with 9 other world changing brands this week to raise awareness and funds for @filterofhope. Each product you purchase this week from any of these companies provides $1 in funding for Filter of Hope plus whatever great things they are already doing through their social enterprise. Will you join us in the #purchasewithpurpose movement? #waterislife
For more on @filterofhope and our campaign this week with 9 other world changing brands, check out Tribe Alive's interview with the founder of Filter of Hope at bit.ly/1U4g135. As we mentioned yesterday, every item purchased this week not only provides an hour of business school for our class in Rwanda, but also helps to provide people around the world with access to clean water! Stay tuned for the fabulous giveaway coming later this week! (📷 by @tribealive)
We are having a less than perfect sale on our last few notebooks sets in stock! Each of these have minor defects (mostly just not trimmed as smoothly as my perfectionist self would like). The sets include 2 notebooks and are $12 including shipping. Each purchase provides an hour of business school for our class in Rwanda AND $1 goes towards our @filterofhope campaign this week to provide access to clean water to communities around the world! To purchase, comment with your email below.
We are honored to partner with @filterofhope this week alongside 9 other brands to raise awareness and funds needed to provide more families with access to clean water. This week we will donate $1 for every item purchased to Filter of Hope. Be a part of our movement and make a purchase that gives twice - an hour of business school AND funds to access clean water! Stay tuned for a great giveaway later this week! (📷: @tribealive)
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Mingle with Mariemae yesterday, and thanks so much to @boatie07 for so graciously hosting! You guys provided another 37 hours of business school for our next class in Rwanda!
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For every product purchased, Mariemae will provide an hour of business school to students in a developing market.
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