4.) Sell Pulseras

All pulseras sell for $5. The money raised employs nearly 200 people with fair trade jobs, supports communities throughout Central America, and funds amazing projects that are changing the way we empower people in the developing world. Pulseras cannot be sold less than $5.

 

Every pulsera is tagged with the picture and signature of the artist who made it. When we buy pulseras in Nicaragua & Guatemala, each of these artists is paid up-front, and paid above market value for their work. After the pulseras are sold in the U.S., the ‘profit’ then returns to Central America to fund our non-profit mission of education and empowerment.

 

Pulsera sales generate a lot of cash, so it’s important to have a system in place to safeguard the money you raise. Equally important is that the pulseras we’ll be sending represent hundreds of hours of work by talented artists, so please help us in explaining this to anyone participating in the sale.

 

Make sure you put out a lot of pulseras on your table, as students love to dig and search for their perfect pulsera! If you ever feel that you’re running low on pulseras or bags, we would be happy to send you a rush shipment with extras. 

 

We encourage you to share photos of your pulsera sale with us on Facebook and Instagram using #pulseraproject.

5.) After Your Pulsera Sale

The display, materials, and remaining pulseras should be returned to us in the box they arrived in – the one you saved. Please do this within a day or two of the end of your sale or by the date you agreed to send them back. 

We try to send you many more pulseras than you’ll need to give you the best selection possible, so it would be normal to return quite a few after the sale!

Just tape the pre-paid mailing label to the box and take it to the closest UPS location. The school's front office might also be able to take care of this for you, as UPS comes to many schools on a daily basis. If you go this route, please check with the office to make sure the box was picked up. Remember that UPS is not the same as the U.S. Post Office.

 

The proceeds you’ve raised can be sent later—we ask that you not send them back in the box.

 

As a small non-profit with limited resources, we really count on having everything back on time so that other schools can participate.

 

Delays in sending your box might mean that another school will miss out on their sale. None of us want that to happen!

6.) Sale Proceeds

The pulsera proceeds can be sent in the form of a school check, cashier’s check, personal check, or money order. Please do not send cash or coins. Your school may need an invoice or other documentation from us to issue a check. If so, just let us know and we’ll gladly send that to you. Our nonprofit W9 form can be downloaded below.

 

All proceeds can be mailed to:

 

The Pulsera Project

449 Fleming St

Suite C

Charleston SC 29412

 

By leading a pulsera sale you agree to sell all pulseras for $5 and to return 100% of the sale proceeds as soon as practical after your sale, unless we had a different written agreement through e-mail.

7.) What Happens to the Money You Raise?

Our list of programs in Central America is pretty long and constantly changing, but a good summary of our work can be found on the programs & partners page. The Pulsera Project mainly funds sustainable projects that allow the people we work with to take control of their own lives and futures without building any dependence on "hand-outs."

 

In addition to sustaining fair-trade jobs for nearly 200 artists in Nicaragua and Guatemala, money from your sale will support college scholarships, secondary education programs, workers' rights initiatives, loans to worker-owned cooperatives, housing programs, environmental programs, social enterprises, and more. We encourage you to look into the Pulsera Project through independent sources like Guidestar and the IRS for additional information.

Please also see our year-end review from 2015 for an overview of a typical year's finances and projects. 

8.) One Last Thing 

Finally, to make sure that as many groups as possible have the opportunity to participate in the Pulsera Project, we ask that schools limit themselves to one pulsera sale per school year. This allows as many schools to participate in the project as possible and helps improve the quality of any future pulsera sales you lead. Thanks for your understanding!

 

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The Pulsera Project

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