Fuller Seminary alumna Brittany Merrill Underwood (MAICS ’13) was featured on the Katie Couric talk show on July 25, 2014. Couric was highlighting the DIY culture that has erupted around the United States, and the Fuller grad’s work stood out as an exceptional success.
Underwood began a non-profit organization named the Akola Project 10 years ago with the hope of raising funds to build an orphanage in Uganda. The decade long journey included founding vocational training and manufacturing centers in Uganda, Ethiopia, and, most recently, Dallas, Texas. Each center teaches the skills necessary for women to be able to support themselves and their families and gives them a place to work. One hundred percent of the net profits of the jewelry they make—which is sold in boutiques across the US—is sent back to the women themselves.
To watch the interview on Katie, click here.
To learn more about the Akola Project, visit their webpage here, or their Facebook page here.