Uganda Project / Philanthropist Tote.
We believe that humanity has a common thread — a common hope for unity, freedom, and sustainability. Apolis creates opportunities for developing economies by connecting them to the global marketplace through seasonal stories and products.
Apolis is a platform for a network of global citizens empowering people through opportunity instead of charity.
Jinja, Uganda. Since the 1970’s Uganda’s cotton exports decreased due to the civil war in northern Uganda. In 2009, the non–profit Invisible Children started a cotton initiative to help rebuild this industry and create opportunity for the whole supply chain — farmer to manufacturer. See images of the factory.
Ben Thomson, VP International Development, Invisible Children. “Apolis is on the forefront of an era of new philanthropy by integrating sustainable development into their supply chain and bringing a whole new meaning to corporate social responsibility.”
Los Angeles, California. In August 2009 the Parton brothers and Invisible Children founders continued their Philanthropist luggage offering to ensure a consistent partnership for Uganda’s developing cotton industry.
See images of the production process.
Raan Parton, Creative Director, Apolis Activism. “The Philanthropist Tote showcases compassion and quality from the Ugandan grower to the California sewer.”
Atlanta, Georgia. Sid Mashburn opened in the White Provision meat packing district of Atlanta, Georgia. Curating a lifestyle that combines modern with classic while supporting the look with principles of excellence and honesty.
Sid Mashburn, Founder. “The Philanthropist Tote provides a new level of character and craftsmanship that the discerning audience can’t help but appreciate.”
One hundred and twenty five units of the Philanthropist Tote allows the Uganda project to utilize one farmer’s entire yield of cotton for one year. Early results of building a developing industry by providing opportunity through jobs instead of offering charity with donations.
See images of the cotton farmers.