On Saturday, March 31, more than 400 women from southeast Michigan came together to experience the story of transformation told through, fashion, music, dance and narrative: the journey of a woman's identity coming to fruition through her strength, her creativity, her ability and ultimately her Maker. This event, spearheaded by Donna Alberta and her team from Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Brighton, MI, served to expand and provide a vision of what God is doing to restore dignity and hope to women who have neither.
The event was created to introduce women to the ministry of "Amani ya Juu" (meaning "higher peace" in Swahili), a sewing-marketing-training project for marginalized women in Africa. Amani educates and empowers women, promoting restored dignity and hope in God.
Alexis Kerr provided the narration for the story and fashion show with her incredibly inviting style and grace. Vicki Kloosterhouse articulated the need and the possibilities for women to support and care for our sisters whose lives and experiences are so dramatically different than what we will ever experience.
The show featured the twenty-seven original piece collection expressly created for Amani Liberia by top New York City fashion designer and Liberian native, Korto Momolu, first runner up in the hit Bravo TV series Project Runaway.
The event included a lovely luncheon, and an opportunity to browse and purchase the beautiful line of well-crafted Amani clothing, totebags, jewlery and home fashions on display. All proceeds from product sales have gone directly back to the women of Amani, affording them a dignified, self-sustaining lifestyle.