What is Remnant?
Remnant International is an expression of our desire to see humanity united. We provide vocational opportunities to marginalized people groups, specifically to Congolese refugees and Ugandan locals of Gulu, Uganda. Furthermore, we encourage cultural exchange between marginalized communities and developed world.
What is your mission?
We strive to provide employment to the marginalized, persecuted, and under-served community, worldwide. We aim to empower them with the skills and resources required to meet their needs, while providing a bridge for cultural exchange between impoverished communities and the developed world
What inspired you to start Remnant?
As I was volunteering in Uganda, I came across women with a particularly devastating story. Imagine: You’re a mother. You’ve been plucked from your home, and taken to a foreign country by your husband—a soldier from a foreign army. Your husband is your everything – your only lifeline of familiarity in your new country. You have no identification papers, and don’t speak the local language. Amidst all these changes, you discover the man you married already has a family. His first wife shuns you. The community catches wind and ostracizes you. You are alienated and seen as an outcast.
An outcast with two children. Homeless. Without papers and without a job.
Out of desperation to survive, to provide for yourself and your children, you make a hard choice: to sell your body. It is your only option.
This is the reality of the lives of Congolese women in Uganda.
As I was moved by the story of the plight of these women, I desperately wanted to help them. With the help of friends, the women were taught the skills of screen printing and sewing. Seven years later, our program has grown and our women have become a vibrant and important part of their community.
Where did you get your inspiration from?
I am always inspired by the idea that people can change the world when they work together in harmony. On our wall at Remnant, we have a Mother Teresa quote: “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together, we can do great things.” We are trying to cultivate a culture where we understand that each of us have limited strengths. Each of us is unique, with special skills and talents. We need each other to function properly. When you have the humility to acknowledge that you can’t do everything on your own, you make it possible for others to be a part of your story.
How did you come up with the name?
The name “Remnant” comes from the Bible in Isaiah 37, which speaks of a ragtag crew that never gives up. Oftentimes, we see suffering as meaningless adversity, but in reality, our suffering allows us to become rooted in our true selves. When we allow this painful process to take place, we make room for real growth. As the ladies of Remnant have lived through severe adversity, they’re now thriving and appreciating their growth on a much deeper level.
Where are your products sold? Do you have a favorite product?
Our products are sold online at www.remnantintl.org. My current favorites are the Canvas Carryall and the Tribe Classic Headband.
How do you find the women who make your products?
The women we work with are identified by our mentors who play active roles as community leaders. We also get referrals from women who have participated in our program.
How do you spread the word about your company?
We do our best to stay active on social media, speaking engagements, and local pop ups to spread the word about Remnant.
What does She’s Fit to Lead mean to you?
She’s Fit to Lead is an excellent reminder that amazing things can be accomplished if we set fear aside and follow our dreams. As women, we often feel isolated and alone. However, hearing the impactful stories of women who are trying to accomplish great things is a powerful tool of encouragement and hope.
What is one piece of advice you would give to a woman who wants to start her own company?
Stay true to yourself and remember that you can’t do everything, but you can learn, grow, and seek help from others along the way.