Akola ProjectLoan provided by the Women’s Capital Collaborative and the Social Investment Fund Dallas, Texas akolaproject.org
Founded by Brittany Merrill Underwood in Uganda in 2007 and now based in Dallas, the nonprofit Akola Project has a rapidly growing jewelry business that employs women facing high barriers to employment. Akola’s mission is to have its entire supply chain—fabrication, assembly, shipping and office work—benefit women in need. In Dallas, Akola provides living wage jobs for women who are living in poverty, including single mothers, formerly incarcerated women and survivors of domestic violence and trafficking. In Uganda, they have provided job training, professional development and living wages to women, benefiting entire communities.