A photo from the Anchal Project's recent trip to India | Courtesy of Anchal Project
A photo from the Anchal Project’s recent trip to India | Courtesy of Anchal Project

Co-founded in 2009 by Louisville native Colleen Clines, the Anchal Project is a social enterprise nonprofit that addresses the exploitation of women around the world by using what they call “design thinking.” The goal is to help create employment opportunities, services and products that support empowerment and give impoverished women an alternative career in textile design and production.

of-give-a-shift-2016-x650xA global organization with local roots is worth celebrating and raising money for, so the folks behind Bourbon Women, Old Forester and Le Moo Restaurant have teamed up to host the “Give a Shift” fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 9, during the dinner shift at Le Moo.

Taking place from 5-10 p.m., the event will feature Anchal Project artisans who will be selling handmade scarves, quilts, throws and more; a special Old Forester cocktail; and a chance to meet organizers and members of the nonprofit as well as Bourbon Women.

Most importantly, though, Old Forester will match the final value of tips earned by the bartenders’ total sales during the event — with all funds going to the Anchal Project.

The Anchal Project’s products are sold in Urban Outfitters nationwide, and the nonprofit has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, the Huffington Post and GOOD Magazine. Each handmade piece of clothing the organization sells has the signature of the artisan who made it, further connecting consumers and makers.

An Anchal Holiday Trunk Show is planned for Thursday, Nov. 17, at Whitehall House & Gardens.

Reservations for “Give a Shift” are free to make, and, of course, you’re encouraged to tip well. Le Moo is located at 2300 Lexington Road.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."