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Tue, 2014-04-22 12:26

Issue Date: 22 April 2014
Reporting Period: 12 April 2014 – 18 April 2014

Business of the Week
Business Name: Nozomi Project [new business]
Business Profile:
This group of women affected by the disaster has been creating jewelry and accessories with ceramic pieces found amongst tsunami debris. Inviting international jewelry makers to lead workshops, they have been improving upon their skills as they create their accessories. They have been selling their products for 20-40 dollars each, mostly to American customers online. They have also sold their products at Christian events, have plans to sell in Hawaii this year, and also plan to increase their sales through the “supporter system," which will enable them to distribute to 30-40 consignment stores.

The production staff has divided up labor so that mothers can accommodate their childcare needs. There are approximately 20 part-time workers employed at this business. The business came to life in the summer of 2012. Since they have already gathered about 2 years worth of ceramic pieces from debris, they are now planning to launch a Japanese website as well and gather customers using key searches such as “reconstruction (fukkko)" and “disaster victim (hisaisha)." The women of Nozomi Project attended MakiBiz’s seminar to discuss concerns such as how to begin designing their new website, and whether or not to hire a designer.

MakiBiz will continue to support the Nozomi Project through our seminars, events, and introduction of vendors to support them in building up a sustainable business.



  1. Milestones for the Quarter
    • Milestone 1: Client In-take
      • GREEN: on-going
      • Total number of business owners that we contacted to date: 169 (+2 since last report)
      • Total number of jobs created or recovered: 119 (+/- 0 since last report)


    • Milestone 2: The Center

      PROGRAM


    • Milestone 3: MakiBiz Build Back Better Tohoku Request for Proposal program
      • GREEN: MakiBiz and Architecture for Humanity will be closely monitoring the project schedules.

        Updates:

        Yamayo Suisan: COMPLETED
        Sasaki Tekko: COMPLETED
        Yamadai Utsumi Suisan: COMPLETED
        Wakaba Kindergarten: COMPLTED
        Tesuki Washi Ushiogami: COMPLETED A shoji making workshop led by the washi master Tsukahara was held on April 12. A mochi-pounding event was also held at this workshop, and was a big hit. We can see this space gradually become a place of gathering as it establishes itself in the community.
        Baikado: IN CONSTRUCTION The concrete pour for the foundation began on April 13. Construction is set for completion at the end of June.
        Oikawa Denki: PRE-CONSTRUCTION The building permit is projected to come by the end of the week. We are moving forward with other preparations so that we will be able to begin construction on May 1 or 2, prior to “Golden Week." Construction is scheduled for completion in late August.
        Konpiramaru: SCHEMATIC DESIGN We plan to submit drawings next week. Foundation surveys were completed, and contracts are currently being signed. Construction is scheduled for completion in late July.
        Tamiko Abe: SCHEMATIC DESIGN We plan to submit drawings next week. Foundation surveys were completed, and contracts are currently being signed. Construction is scheduled for completion in late July.
  2. Red Flagged Issues:
    • In the beginning of April we recruited a new Communications Associate. We are still looking to recruit one Business Coordinator and one Grant Writer/Fundraiser.
      Scheduled Completion (10/30/2012). NEW Anticipated Completion (4/30/2014)




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