Our Models

Prosperity Wages model

The Blessing Basket Project Prosperity Wages model ensures our Artisans are paid more for their products by us than by anyone in the world. 

The idea behind our exclusive Prosperity Wages model is to enable entrepreneurial minded artisans by providing them access to market and access to sufficient wealth to start their businesses.  

Prosperity Wage earnings are paid to the artisan right in their home village which means they never go searching for a market.  All Prosperity Wages are paid in full for the artisan’s products at the time they are collected. 

Never does an artisan wait for their products to sell in order to get paid.  Where possible Prosperity Wages are delivered in the form of mobile money paid right to the artisan’s cell phone.  Artisans are free to steward the money as they wish but must agree to start three small businesses.  

It is the income from those three businesses that will sustain them long after they have graduated from The Blessing Basket Project.

Here is one such story:  

Majada Katun in Bangladesh celebrates her rice fields purchased using earnings through our Prosperity Wages model.

Majada Katun in Bangladesh celebrates her rice fields purchased using earnings through our Prosperity Wages model.

Graduate From Poverty model

Helping each and every one of our artisans become an entrepreneur and enabling them to earn sufficient wealth through Prosperity Wages to build their businesses is at the core of our Graduate from Poverty model. 

Developed and perfected over the past decade, our exclusive Graduate from Poverty model ensures each and every artisan remains well-held while they build their businesses to sustainability. 

Through our Graduate from Poverty model, the artisan will “tip” from poverty to prosperity in about three year’s times.  We know they are ready to graduate when they spend less their time weaving and more of their time running their businesses.  Each artisan is then carefully and thoroughly screened before being allowed to graduate.  The idea that an artisan will not weave for our organization forever is a much harder way to conduct our work because it means we are continually finding and training new weavers. We choose to conduct our poverty eradication work in this way because we believe it is in the best interest of those we serve.

On graduation day, each artisan stands before their family, their village, and their village leaders to declare publicly that they are free of poverty and ready to stand on their own two feet as an independent business owner. During this empowering ceremony, each graduate is pinned with a badge identifying them by name and the year they graduated. They are also given a graduation certificate. These items are often used as means to prove their business savvy to local banks and micro-lending programs which go on to provide funding their businesses will need to grow.

Watch one of our ceremonies:

Adombila shows off her three businesses. Cows, goats and sheep. Today she has successfully completed our Graduate from Poverty model and is living a life of prosperity.

Adombila shows off her three businesses. Cows, goats and sheep. Today she has successfully completed our Graduate from Poverty model and is living a life of prosperity.

Results

Ghana

Simon. This is the result of our Prosperity Wages model in Northern Ghana. Simon was able to buy all of the livestock you see here because we paid him more than anyone in the world for his baskets. However, our great financial model breaks down if no one buys his baskets. That's where you come in. Every time you purchase one set of his baskets, Simon can feed his family of six 3 good meals a day for 3 days. Our Prosperity Wages model combined with Simon's ambition to weave and your purchase results in powerful teamwork that changes lives.
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Prosperity

Simon. This is the result of our Prosperity Wages model in Northern Ghana. Simon was able to buy all of the livestock you see here because we paid him more than anyone in the world for his baskets. However, our great financial model breaks down if no one buys his baskets. That’s where you come in. Every time you purchase one set of his baskets, Simon can feed his family of six 3 good meals a day for 3 days. Our Prosperity Wages model combined with Simon’s ambition to weave and your purchase results in powerful teamwork that changes lives.

Camera Aseka is proof The Blessing Basket Project Prosperity Wages financial model ends poverty. When we found him in 2005, he was hundreds of miles from home, because poverty forced him to live on the streets. His only source of income was selling his baskets to middlemen for a few pennies profit. We returned him home and started paying him Prosperity Wages to weave Blessing Baskets. Today we find Camera no longer weaving but running a successful photography business which he started with his weaving money. Camera’s hard work, your purchase of his baskets, and our unique Prosperity Wages model started a chain reaction enabling him to permanently break free from the grip of poverty. Thanks to your purchases, Camera graduated from poverty and exited our program in June of 2012.  

Memuna is the first woman to open a general store in her village in Northern Ghana. Her pioneering entrepreneurial spirit was given wings thanks to the Prosperity Wages she earned from The Blessing Basket Project. Not only was she able to provide for her four children, but she also planted a large tomato crop. The money she raised from selling that crop enabled her to open this small store. She has gone on to expand the store several times, even constructing a building from which she operates her successful venture. Thanks to your purchases, Memuna graduated from poverty and exited our program in June of 2012.

Uganda

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Grace Nassale. Easy access to clean water is a serious challenge for most rural Ugandan women. Blessing Basket weaver Grace Nassale saw this as a business opportunity. A government supplied water line ran through her village, inaccessible to those who truly needed it. Grace used her Prosperity Wages to buy a metered tap on the water line. She now sells clean water to her neighbors for a small profit. This is one of three sustainable sources of income Grace generated for herself using her weaving income putting her on the road to permanent financial independence.

Harriett Nkonge is not afraid of hard work. She is one of the artisans who benefits from your purchase. She used the Prosperity Wages® we pay her to enlarge her garden, buy a sewing machine and take sewing classes, put all four of her children in school, start a chicken business, and most importantly, install electricity in her home. Installing electricity lead to her most prized purchase, a cell phone.  Harriett now makes more money charging cell phones in a week than she did working in the garden for a month.  She has clearly started her sustainable exit from poverty because of your support.

Immaculate went from surviving to thriving thanks to your purchases of her Blessing Baskets. A weaver in rural Uganda, she increased her monthly earnings by more than 140% through The Blessing Basket Project’s Prosperity Wages model. Using this new capital, Immaculate started several agriculture based businesses, including selling chickens and eggs. These income generating activities will soon enable her to achieve financial independence from our organization. Our measure of success is sustainable financial independence in the lives of our artisans. Thanks to your purchases, Immaculate graduated from poverty and exited our program in in 2010.

Bangladesh

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Prosperity

L.G. Sarkar is proud of her family. They live in a rented 10×10 room and, when we found them, were existing on about 75 cents a day. Desperate to ensure her children’s education, poverty forced L.G. to turn to the sex trade. It’s obviously not something she’s proud of, but something she was forced to do in order to provide for her children. However, those days are behind her. One Prosperity Wage® payment from The Blessing Basket Project set her on the road to financial independence ensuring she will never again be forced to make such a desperate choice.  Thanks to your purchases, L.G. graduated from poverty and exited our program in January of 2013.

Nirupama Saha wants what every mother wants for her children, a safe home, education and the ability to feed and cloth them. When The Blessing Basket Project found her she was existing on $10 a month weaving for a basket middleman. We refuse to work with middlemen and only deal directly with the artisan. Nirupama received more money in her first  Prosperity Wage® payment than she could have earned in six years from the middleman. When you purchase products from The Blessing Basket Project, be assured the artisan receives more money from us than from anyone in the world. Thanks to your purchases, Nirupama graduated from poverty and exited our program in January of 2013.

Shuchitra and her husband Dominic are doing whatever they can to make ends meet. He is a carpenter, she is a weaver and together they support their daughter and Dominic’s aging parents. Before we found them poverty often forced  the couple to choose between their daughters education and food. Today that is no longer the case because Shuchitra weaves for The Blessing Basket Project. You bought her baskets which enabled us to pay Shuchitra more money in one Prosperity Wage®payment than she could have earned in six years from a basket middleman.  Thanks to your purchases, Shuchitra graduated from poverty and exited our program in January of 2013.