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"Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to."
The Bible verse above is one I hold near to my heart. When I started this business, I knew that I wanted it to always first and foremost be a way for me to serve The Lord. One of my favorite ways to serve Him is through giving! One thing that has been instilled in me since I was little is if you have it, give it!! So with a full and happy heart, I am so excited to announce that every quarter a person/family/organization will be selected to receive 3% of every session booked with Shelby Tsika Photography! The best part: I am involving my past/present/future clients! Anyone can fill out the form below and nominate a charity, organization, family in need, etc. Nominations will remain private for my eyes only, but the chosen charity, organization, or family will be announced below each month! I will tell you about my heart behind each months giving and their mission statement. I am truly grateful for the ability to make this a part of my business and I hope that The Lord will use me in incredible ways through this!
July-august GIVING: Imani Collective
Mission: Our homes are shared spaces that are meant to be well lived-in and well designed. But all too often, our aesthetic halts at our kid’s bedroom door. Our belief at Imani Collective is that each piece we bring into our homes should be meaningful and thoughtfully integrated, able to flow from one room to the next. That our kids feel free to live in every space of our homes, and that we actually want them to — because, let’s face it, our llama pillow pairs pretty nicely with your sectional. We create sustainably and ethically sourced pieces for kids and their modern mamas, that are non-toxic and handmade by over 50 empowered women in Kenya + Dallas.
Jenny Nuccio was new to Mtepeni Village, Kenya. She came fresh out of university with a vision to create meaningful employment and opportunities to the women there. But right now, she was having a hard enough time just fetching her own water.
Sorely regretting not being more thankful for the stuff straight out of the wall, she wheelbarrowed thirty pounds of water everyday back from the well. An embarrassing method to be pitifully executing as the village woman looked on — effortlessly carrying water in basins on their head.
They didn’t let her struggle for long, though. Through broken English and Swahili, they awkwardly laughed their way into deep friendship and mutual partnership. They taught her how to cook over an open fire, how to wash her clothes, and of course, how to carry her water like a local. In return, Jenny taught them how to sew.
“Trust me,” she said.
“We’re going to build something beautiful.”
And they did.
It started with sixteen women. Sixteen women looking for a better way to provide for their families. Sixteen women who believed they were worth more than the saturated fruit selling street markets. Sixteen women intrigued enough by Jenny’s vision to stick by her side and grow together.
The Imani Collective now employs over fifty Kenyan men and women in Mtepeni Village and Mombasa, along with half a dozen women stateside.