Saddleback Leather Owners Raise Funds For Rwandan Day Care Center

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Leather Goods owners, Dave and Suzette Munson, held a highly successful fundraiser recently, generating over $17,000. Funds raised will allow the Africa New Life Ministries’ Dream Center in Rwanda to open a daycare for children, while their mothers attend vocational training.

Saddleback Leather purveyor, Dave Munson of Saddleback Leather and wife, Suzette Munson, founder and owner of Love 41, an online women’s clothing and accessories store, recently held a Gala and Silent Auction to raise funds dedicated to opening a daycare at the Africa New Life Ministries’ (ANLM) Dream Center in Kigali, Rwanda. In just 3 short weeks, Suzette and sister Tina Lytch, along with several friends, gathered 100 donated items valued at over $10,000, which were ultimately auctioned off at the event held November 9th at a local church in San Antonio, Texas.

The response from those both helping with and attending the event was generous and substantial, indicated Suzette. “Often we see a need but wonder what we could possibly do to help. I couldn’t do this alone but knew if the word got out, there were many people who would help.” The Gala was so successful they raised $17,000, $2,000 more than what was needed to open the daycare in Kigali.

Monies raised from the Gala event will allow women, some who walk for hours to attend the Dream Center for vocational training, to leave their children in a safe and caring environment, while learning skills that will ultimately help them to become self-sufficient. Without the daycare, these women of Kigali often leave their children with strangers or worse, with no adult care at all.

While visiting the region several years ago, Suzette was so moved by the on-the-ground-need in Rwanda that she formed her own company, Love 41, devoting 100% of its net profits generated from jewelry, leather goods accessories and women’s apparel to ANLM’s Dream Center, along with several others. To that end, she formed a partnership with ANLM, which provides resources and training designed to improve the lives of Rwandans, by providing systemic change opportunities in country and on the African continent as a whole.

About Saddleback Leather:
Saddleback Leather began on a wing and a prayer (literally) in Juarez, Mexico, in 2003 when English teacher, Dave Munson needed to find a bag. Miraculously, he found a leather smith who agreed to make him one based on Dave’s own design and the rest, as they say, is history. After going through several iterations since the early days, the company has developed a stunningly rugged yet captivating line of leather goods. Saddleback designs and its production affiliate, TrueBlue, manufactures a wide range of leather bags for men and women’s casual and business use, luggage, wallets, belts and accessories. Saddleback Leather’s goal is stated simply: “To love people around the world by making excessively high quality, tough and functional leather designs.” For additional information, please visit http://www.saddlebackleather.com

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