Our 4th Annual Benefit: November 2, 2019

Join us for hosted food and wine at an elegant rustic venue. Our 4th annual benefit will feature the premier of the Fistula Art Quilt Exhibit before it tours nationwide, a panel of speakers committed to faith and social justice, and a silent auction. Spend an afternoon with us to empower women and girls in Kenya. All of our products will be for sale at special prices as well as exciting items in the Silent Auction.

Meet John, our new Field Supervisor


We are delighted to welcome John Mbwaya to our leadership team in Kenya as our field supervisor. John is also our Kenya Community Based Organization’s Board Secretary and a retired school teacher. One of his responsibilities is to regularly visit all of our women who receive money for income-generating projects to mentor them and offer assistance if necessary. With his motorbike, he can reach every woman’s home and maintain a log of their progress. John will also attend the women’s monthly support group meeting and reinforce the financial training they received in April. Offering this consistent mentorship is shown by research to be a key factor in successful microfinance programs like ours.

QFE at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show


We had a great week in Sisters, Oregon during their recent 2019 annual Outdoor Quilt Show. We sold a lot of products and talked with hundreds of people from all over the country about QFE. We were impressed with the number who knew about fistula, which let us explain more about how our program is supporting fistula survivors. Big THANK YOUs to Board member Deb Sorem for being there every day with her engaging personality and to Chris Nelson, owner of the Wildflower Studio that hosted us for the second year. What a team!!!

QFE fundraiser at Rudy's Pizza


Rudy’s Gourmet Pizza at 2443 SE Powell Blvd in Portland is having a fundraiser for QFE the entire month of July. Rudy will create a special pizza for the month and donate $1 to QFE for every pizza sold. The money will be exclusively used to buy school books for our four young assault survivors. Buy one of the special pizzas next month and thank Rudy and help buy books for our girls.

You can check out Rudy’s other offerings at the Rudy’s Gourmet Pizza website.

QFE named for Shasta Foundation award

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Quilts for Empowerment is honored to have received a $5000 grant from the Patricia L. Kimball Endowment Fund for the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. This grant will be used for our general operating expenses and will make a significant contribution to our goal of having two years of operating expenses in reserve. With this grant, we are close to having all of 2020’s operating expenses "in the bank." We are very grateful.

Health insurance for our women

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At our last support group meeting, a representative from the National Health Insurance System came to the meeting and registered all of our women. This is the result of the decision made by the Kenya Community Based Organization that all our women should have one year of health insurance paid for by QFE. This recognizes the importance of health in becoming and remaining empowered. During this year of QFE coverage, women will be encouraged to put money aside from their income-generating projects so they can continue to be insured.

Mary Ann at the Women Deliver Conference

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At the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver BC, Mary Ann met up with, from her left: Lindsey Pollaczek, VP of Programs at Fistula Foundation; Kate Grant, CEO of Fistula Foundation; and Edna Adan, founder and director of the Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland. Edna has been called the Mother Teresa of Fistula. What an honor to be with and work with these incredible women. Fistula is a small world made up of amazing people.