Women of The Dostal House visit Uganda to build relationships with female business

owners in the developing world.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. January 30. ​- Local women entrepreneurs, Meegan
Hofmeister (founder of The Dostal House) and Alissa Gardner (owner of Better Homes
& Gardens Real Estate Corridor) recently visited the developing villages of the Teso
Region of Uganda with non-profit organization, Beauty for Ashes Uganda. The sole
purpose of this trip was to build relationships with and learn about the Ugandan culture
from the war widows and single mothers of the region, as well as to get a front row seat
to see the impact the literacy training they are sponsoring is having on these women.
Beauty for Ashes Uganda works towards long-term sustainable development and deep
healing for single moms and widows in the Teso Region of Uganda. Accomplished
through mutually transformative relationships and empowerment based on their deep
value that provide resources and tools necessary for change. 1,153 mamas in Uganda
are a part of the BFAU family along with their 6,500+ kiddos across 30 villages in 37
women’s cooperatives.

“The message of female empowerment this amazing organization stands for really
speaks to my heart, and I knew as soon as I heard about it that I had to get involved,”
says Hofmeister. “Beauty for Ashes Uganda teaches these women through literacy
training about personal hygiene and proper sanitation, as well as reading and writing,
basic math, profit/loss and budgeting, and has dreams of teaching them trade skills, so
that these women (who are survivors of unspeakable trauma) can provide for
themselves and their children. It doesn’t get any better than that. Empowered women
empower women.”
“This was my third trip to Uganda to visit with these special mamas, and on every trip
my love for them grows more and more. Since my first trip in 2013, great strides have
been made, both in the women themselves and the area in which they live. It’s
encouraging to see the growth in these women, thanks to the literacy training, and to
hear the positive impact it is having on their lives and on their small businesses. We
can’t save the entire world, but we can start with saving the world of one mama at a
time.” says Gardner. “Being a part of an organization that also brings clean water to
these villages and provides the children of child-headed households with an education
has been an honor and a privilege. I’m proud to be a part of the change.”
Hofmeister and Gardner will be sharing stories and photos from their experience on
Thursday, February 1 at The Dostal House from 12pm – 1pm. Tickets to this lunch hour
event are $20/person, with all proceeds going to Beauty for Ashes Uganda. Lunch will
be provided.
Tickets for this event can be purchased at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/273543199842248/, or by calling The Dostal House
at 319-200-2283.

The Dostal House is a women’s co-working space, retail boutique, and social club
aimed at connecting and empowering women, and provide support and encouragement
to pursue what sets your souls on fire. Membership to The Dostal House includes
access to open-plan and private workspace plus amenities designed with women’s
needs in mind. Included with membership is a robust and unique calendar of events and
a community of women dedicated to living their best lives.
If you would like more information about Beauty for Ashes Uganda, please visit:
http://www.beautyforashesuganda.org