This Collection features our signature Keratasi paper beads, hand-rolled by over 200 empowered women + mothers in remote villages of Uganda. This skill allows them to work from their home so they can provide for their children, while earning an income.
Akola's elevated collection retails in every Neiman Marcus store nationwide and online. This collection is made by 100 women coming out of poverty in Dallas and 100% of Akola's profits are reinvested in our social mission to empower women + families.
At Akola, design can define a life. Each piece of Akola jewelry is hand-crafted by a woman in Uganda and Dallas working to redesign her story, and 100% of product sales are reinvested to empower women + families.
Akola, "she works," is a disruptive jewelry brand - sold in every door at Neiman Marcus and beyond - that empowers women in poverty in Dallas and Uganda to redesign their stories.
Akola is a new model: 100% of our profits are reinvested into our social mission to transform families in poverty by running our retail + manufacturing businesses through a non-profit framework. 100% of donations fund programs and brick and mortar projects to help women and their families.Learn More
Akola trains + employs women in Uganda to make beads that go into every necklace. Akola women in Dallas earn a living wage of up to $15 an hour to hand-knot necklaces in silk. Akola's distribution center runs as a second chance job program for women who have criminal records, giving them a chance to enter the mainstream workforce.Learn More
Since 2007, Akola has helped over 500 women transform the lives over 5,000 children in their communities by providing training and economic opportunity. As a non-profit, Akola has launched programs in 12 development categories, built three training centers and drilled 23 water wells in impoverished communities throughout Uganda.Learn More
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