1000 Shillings works with impoverished women artisans around the world, giving their products an international market, a platform for women to tell their stories and seed capital for women to start their own businesses. Each purchase from 1000 Shillings help women create their own small businesses with the ultimate goal of empowering them to stand alone as small business owners.
The 1000 Shillings Fellowship Program is offering the exciting opportunity for a select group of talented individuals to live and work alongside artisan entrepreneurs in a developing country for two-three months. 1000 Shillings works in developing nations around world. Currently, 1000 Shillings is recruiting for the Uganda Fellowship program.
How Does the Fellowship Program Work?
1000 Shillings puts together a team of skilled individuals with the goal of giving women artisans a future through small businesses and a voice through in-depth storytelling. 1000 Shillings Fellows work in an informal and flexible method that allows them to integrate with the situation, culture, country, and women we work with. The Fellowship program is about building relationships through living where we work.
1000 Shillings assembles a team of Fellows working in each country. Currently, we are seeking two Journalism Fellows, two Filmmaking Fellows, four Social Entrepreneurship Fellows, two Photography Fellows, and two product design Fellows. Apply to the Fellowship below that fits your specific skill set. Each Fellow will receive a more formal job description with specific deliverables prior to departure.
Who are we seeking?
1000 Shillings is looking for passionate and pragmatic idealists who hold a strong belief in small enterprises and women’s empowerment as an important means to alleviate poverty in developing countries. The ideal 1000 Shillings Fellow has a solid background in one of the fellowships: social entrepreneurship, photography, filmmaking, journalism or product design.
Journalism Fellows – have a passion for storytelling. 1000 Shillings aims to tell the in-depth story of each woman we work with. We strive to connect people through stories with the women, their families, their culture and their communities. As a Journalism Fellow, you will meet the women and experience the culture first-hand, allowing you to act as their voice. As a fellow, you can expect to write human interest stories, articles, collaborate on photo essays, and perform interviews with artisan women, local professionals in the field and 1000 Shillings partners. At the end of the fellowship, you will have a robust portfolio, and will be featured as a contributor on the 1000 Shillings website.
Filmmaking Fellows – can tell a story with video. As a Filmmaking Fellow you call the shots, and are your own creative director. With your video camera, you’ll communicate the hope, success and change we are experiencing in the 1000 Shillings community. Your video will include profiles of the 1000 Shillings women as well as documenting day-to-day life in Uganda. Your primary goal will be to produce a short film (three minutes) on 1000 Shillings and the women behind it that will be used to promote 1000 Shillings at events and in media across the globe. At the end of the fellowship you will have multiple pieces to add to your portfolio and will be featured as a contributor on the 1000 Shillings website. You will need to bring your own range of standard camera and lighting equipment. Some equipment is available in Uganda, if you do not have your own equipment – still apply!
Photography Fellows – know how to capture a moment. With your camera you will document the lives of the 1000 Shillings women. You will be documenting the artisan at work, her family, her home life, and her community. Through your pictures consumers will get to know the women artisans of 1000 Shillings. Your photos will be used for photo essays, blog posts, and product sales. At the end of this fellowship you will have a portfolio of amazing shots, and will be featured as a contributor on the 1000 Shillings website. You will need to bring your own range of standard camera and lighting equipment. Some equipment is available in Uganda.
Social Entrepreneurship Fellows – bring to life the mission of 1000 Shillings. Social Entrepreneurship Fellows work with the women of 1000 Shillings, helping them to develop their own small business or accomplish their development goals. As a Fellow you will have the opportunity to work with the women intimately, determining their business goals and how to achieve them. In this role you will provide business mentorship through one-on-one direction, workshops and trainings. It will be your responsibility to help the women develop business plans and reach their goals.
Product Design Fellows are creative and practical designers who have experience designing and constructing various crafts for global consumers. Skills in cut & sew, textile, or jewelry making are desired. Fellows will work directly with the women artisans to produce unique products from local materials.
Timeline: The official timeline of the Uganda Fellowship is May to July; however, Fellowships are flexible. Fellows are encouraged to work with 1000 Shillings on a timeline that fits their schedules.
Benefits: The 1000 Shillings program provides an unparalleled experience to work intimately with poverty alleviation efforts and women artisans in developing countries.
The Fellowship program is a two?three month, volunteer position for skilled students or professionals interested in making a difference in the lives of women in developing nations. Fellows pay for airfare and a fee $2,500 to cover programmatic and in?country costs. Lodging, training and airport pickup are included in this fee. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding through their university, personal fundraising activities, or other private sources. Don’t let the program fee deter you! Both Co-founders have self-funded similar volunteer trips, and are happy to help with fundraising advice and guidance!
Send a brief cover letter, resume and sample of your work to info@1000Shillings.com. Applications will be rolling after February 28.