Bolupe Adebiyi

2022 IVLP Impact Award Project: 10,000 Girls by Cotton LoopsNigeria

Bolupe Adebiyi is the founder at Cotton Loops in June 2018, which is a conscious black and white artisanal brand. Bolupe had started Cotton Loops in her garage. Now four years later, she has a full team, a manufacturing factory and a store front. Bolupe started the 10,000 Girls by Cotton Loops Initiative to address disparities between males and females in the workforce and in schools.

IVLP Impact Award Project: 10,000 Girls by Cotton Loops

10,000 Girls by Cotton Loops aimed to train, impact and empower under-served girls in public schools across Nigeria. This was achieved by an intensive 3-day training on vocational, life and social skills that teach them how to write basic business plans, create provisions of small business grants, place the girls in supervised internships and have continued mentorship. The 10,000 Girls by Cotton Loops Initiative was started to address the problems of girls and women who were disparately and severely affected by experiences of inadequacies and shortages compared to their male counterparts. TENKGirls was able to open up channels of new opportunities and skills to the participants

10,000 Girls by Cotton Loops aims to raise 10,000 strong, financially independent, highly-skilled and self-sustaining Nigerian girls by 2030.

"It is hard to believe you do all of this for so many girls - I cannot wait to see them excel in the future." - Project Partner

IVLP Exchange Experience

Bolupe was a participant in the IVLP Project Promoting Economic Growth and Trade in the Fashion Industry, organized by the U.S. Department of State and FHI 360.

U.S. Communities Visited Virtually

Huntsville, AZ; Washington, DC; New York City, NY; Akron, OH; Seattle, WA

"IVLP has amplified my work and provided me with unimaginable access to global opportunities, international networks, funding, skills and strategies." - Bolupe Adebiyi

Country: Nigeria 

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