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Project Love: Africa

Inclusion and Love for All

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What problem does your idea solve?

“Inclusion and Love for All…” I want to help create a world that is just as seamless for someone in a wheelchair to navigate as it is for a person walking on two feet. I envision a society where, no matter how extreme your size, disability, or difference, you will feel empowered to express your individuality, and won’t have to settle for fewer resources than the rest of the world. I want the limits to come off of those who society has marginalized. I want everyone in the feel equally special.

Explain your idea

We want to create a maker space and shop where everyone is welcome! There, we will teach community members (of any ability) how to create (design and build) and sell clothing, footwear, and product that are optimized for the specific needs of the clients who will come to the shop. We will use traditional sewing machines and fabrics as well as 3D print footwear, apparel and products.

Who benefits?

Everyone, who comes into the space. We will not discriminate. All are welcome to learn and participate. This space will exclude no one.

How is your idea unique?

We are not looking to "fix" or even "help" anyone. We want to spread love, acceptance, and empowerment to all who enter our space. We want to create for them, but also teach them how to use the latest technology (like 3d printing) to meet their needs.

Tell us more about you

I am an inventor, designer, teacher, and dreamer as well as an avid participant in technology, fashion and mass customization of apparel and footwear. I have been working as an instructor at a wonderful maker space called the TechShop for over a year and a designer and product developer for over 12 years. I've worked on many projects for for people with varying levels if disability, and I hope to encourage our community to experiment with the machines so they may also begin creating!

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

Just the whole scaling process and also I would like to find areas with good electricity for the machines.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Nigeria
  • South Africa

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are a registered for-profit company (including social enterprises).

Idea Maturity

  • Piloting: I have started to implement my solution as a whole with a first set of real users.
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Team (2)

Kat's profile
Chinedu's profile
Chinedu Ogueri

Role added on team:

"Chinedu is From Nigeria and He specializes in Project Management. We have a company together and create events, training, and custom work for clients."

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Photo of Fadila Lagadien
Team

A great idea Kat. As a disabled person I know how difficult t is to find good fitting shoes and clothes. I am happy to collaborate with you as I see you have South Africa on our ist and that's where I am.

Photo of Kat Scott
Team

Thank you so much for the message, Fadila!!! I have seen your idea and website, and I am really inspired by the work that you are doing, and I would love to talk about working together. Let's keep in touch for opportunities for future collaboration, with the ideas.

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
Team

Sure....