Akola Project, ‘she works,’ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission-driven enterprise that empowers women in poverty to become agents of transformation in their families and communities through economic development.
Akola combines the best practices of social business and nonprofit wrap around services in order to operate sustainably and create a ripple effect that impacts generations to come.
100% of sales revenues are reinvested in their social mission to pay the women they employ, cover their operations and expand their impact. This allows for 100% of donations to fund wrap around services that provide women with the skills and support they need to thrive.
After 10 years of successfully developing and implementing Akola’s hybrid model in Uganda, Akola has expanded to Dallas in order to create a pathway out of poverty for local women seeking financial stability and independence.
OUR WORK: GroundFloor invested $95k in seed funding and mentoring by a retail industry expert that focused on strategic planning and capacity building to support Akola’s overall growth and expansion into the luxury retail space. Key connections to local non-profit partners and mobilizing volunteers supported the launch of Akola Dallas. Additionally, United Way impact staff guided the Akola team in the translation of their international impact model in Uganda to a domestic impact model that changes lives in Dallas.