5 Things You Didn't Know About Akola
- Akola has built three training centers and drilled 23 water wells in the Ugandan villages where they employ women.
- Akola is a nonprofit enterprise that puts 100 percent of its profits into education and vocational training for women.
- Akola founder Brittany Merrill Underwood was named the "Best Person in the World" by Yahoo News for the nonprofit's work.
- Akola's flagship store in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, opened in 2014. Visitors can buy custom-designed jewelry and bags.
- Akola's signature glass collection is handmade in Uganda from glass that is made on the coasts of West Africa.
How to Redeem a Coupon Code at Akola
Akola has hundreds of jewelry pieces that are available for purchase by clicking the + button. You can purchase more than one item, and the Akola website will keep track of all the merchandise you select.
Once you are finished shopping, just click on the checkout button. At this point, returning customers will need to log in. If you're a new customer, you need to create an account by entering your name, email address, and shipping address. You can also enter your phone number, but that is optional.
Once you've finished with your account info, enter your coupon code by clicking on the "Have a discount code" button. Then enter your code, hit "Apply," and your savings will be calculated. The next step is to purchase your jewelry with an ATM or credit card. Note: there is free shipping for orders of more than $75.
Akola offers several opportunities for customers to save money. The website has pages that offer jewelry for under $100 and under $50. There is also a sales section of the website where Akola offers an eclectic variety of marked-down merchandise from the nonprofit's collections.
Akola is one of the leading websites for fair trade jewelry and handmade items from Africa. Like Novica.com and Made.UK.Com, Akola offers necklaces, bracelets, and woven items that are handmade by African women who might otherwise struggle to find employment in their home countries.
Akola was founded by Brittany Merrill Underwood, a young entrepreneur from Dallas, Texas, who is working to empower the lives of disenfranchised women. Underwood's idea for Akola started when she was a sophomore in college. Underwood had planned to spend the summer in Europe, but at the last minute she changed her mind and accepted a teaching job in a remote Ugandan village without water or electricity.
At first, Underwood was horrified by the extreme poverty in the rural village, but she became inspired to make a difference after meeting a young girl named Sarah who was working night and day to care for 24 children in her village.
“While I was in Uganda, my sense of complacency was shaken when I discovered that girls my own age, across the globe, were enduring hardships that bore no resemblance to my own experience," Underwood told The Huffington Post. " I was moved by the dedication that I saw in brave Ugandan women like Sarah and I dedicated myself to their cause.”
Akola came out of Underwood's determination to help women like Sarah achieve financial independence. "Akola" means work in the Lusoga dialect, and, today, the nonprofit organization employees around 400 women who make everything from handmade glass necklaces to lotus-designed clutches that are woven by hand on authentic looms. Akola also works to help the people of West Africa by providing vocational training and education. Project volunteers have also drilled 23 wells in Uganda.
Akola sells its merchandise in 220 boutiques across the United States. The Akola's jewelry has even become popular with celebrities like Julianne Hough and Sophia Bush, who have worn necklaces and bracelets in photo shoots for major fashion magazines like InStyle and WWD.
In 2014, Akola expanded its operations to Dallas, where the nonprofit opened a flagship store in the fashionable Deep Ellum neighborhood. The project also began to employ women and girls here in the US who are victims of human trafficking. Akola volunteers teach these ladies vocational skills like sewing so they can get a good jobb and find prosperity and independence in this country.
Akola has several collections of jewelry that are made in Uganda. The color collection offers necklaces that are made with brightly colored paper beads that are painstakingly assembled into funky and fashionable necklaces. The elegant glass collection offers beaded necklaces from the coast of West Africa that are made into elaborate designs that resemble ancient Egyptian jewelry.
The horn collection is processed from indigenous materials into bold necklaces and bracelets in muted earth tones. The delicate designs of the metals collection, which are made from recycled scrap, are based on the unique shapes and symbols from Ethopian culture.
In addition to jewelry, Akola offers handwoven clutches made in a traditional African lotus pattern. These clutches come in sophisticated colors like navy, and they are made from 100 percent cotton that is grown in Uganda.
When you visit the website, you can browse each collection separately or visit the lookbook page, which has the newest additions to the collection as well as classic pieces that are on trend.
The video, The Akola Project; Uganda, gives a brief rundown of the Akola's history and how the nonprofit operates.
Akola Social Media Links
Akola on Twitter: Follow Akola's Twitter feed for a look at new products and exclusive deals and promo codes.
Akola on Facebook: Like Akola's Facebook page to keep up with the latest trends, and to find more information about the nonprofit's philanthropic ventures.
Akola on Pinterest: Follow Akola's Pinterest boards for the latest fashion trends, and inspiring photos of the nonprofit's African artisans.
Akola on Instagram: Follow Akola on Instagram to view exclusive photos from Akola fashion shoots and photo updates from founder Brittany Merrill Underwood.
Akola Contact Info
2646 Main St., Suite 110
Dallas, TX, 75226
Telephone Number: +1 (214) 310-0964