The 50,000 dresses project

The 50,000 dresses project

Our Vision

Our vision is a successful brand that demonstrates our belief in social equity through our methods of PRODUCING and SELLING fashion apparel and accessories, and through our GIVING.

Eq●ui●ty  ek-wi-tee, noun.

Just and fair inclusion.  An equitable society is one in which all can participate and prosper. The goals of equity must be to create conditions that allow each to reach their full potential.  In short, equity creates a path from hope to change.  

Our Mission

Producing

To train unemployed and underemployed women to sew and provide them with opportunities to earn, while also supporting their efforts to continue or pursue their education. 

Producing

To train unemployed and underemployed women to sew and provide them with opportunities to earn, while also supporting their efforts to continue or pursue their education. 

Selling

To provide women with engaging shopping experiences that validate their uniqueness and value their individuality.

Selling

To provide women with engaging shopping experiences that validate their uniqueness and value their individuality.

Giving

To help financially support the work of the organizations that share our products and our mission with their members and people in their circles of influence.

Giving

To help financially support the work of the organizations that share our products and our mission with their members and people in their circles of influence.

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The Power of 50,000 Women

Why 50,000? With 50,000 women, purchasing one dress per year, it will provide the opportunity for over 50 women to earn  $40,000.00 + a year, while giving over $700,000.00 in financial support to organizations working to uplift their communities. 

Fifty thousand is our number to aspire to.  It is not a goal we feel we will reach in a year or two, maybe not ten, maybe never.  However, we dream big and aim high, believing that if you shoot for the moon, you'll at least land among the stars.  

We invite all who have landed on this site to become one of 50,000.  Maybe not one of our 50,000, but one of some group aiming to make a difference in their own way.  We believe in the power of purpose and a shared vision.

Lessons learned

Casting down our buckets

I both graduated from and taught at Tuskegee University where I was  inspired by the stories and philosophies of both Booker T. Washington  and Dr. George Washington Carver. Both men used their God-given gifts  abundantly in a manner that uplifted not only their communities, but our world. However, for me, before Washington and Carver, there was the influence of Dove and Mary Ballard, my parents, who demonstrated to my siblings and me that we should always be willing to help and stand up for others.

Washington's philosophy was that you should "Cast  down your buckets where you are"....which I took to mean that whichever  field you work in, you should use it as an opportunity to make a difference.  I have been working in the field of fashion for over 35 years, and began offering the Essential Element collection of knit garments in  2011. Because of the simplicity in the construction, the collection provides the perfect tool to provide earning opportunities for unemployed and underemployed women in the U.S. So we are using the collection, with emphasis on the basic dress, in what we are calling "The 50,000 Dresses Project."  The project is designed to not only increase sales, and subsequently  earning opportunities for women, but to help others raise funds for  causes they are passionate about.

I dedicate this project in memory of my parents, who demonstrated the belief that we are "our brothers' and our sisters' keepers."

~ Marva G. Ballard

   M.G. Ballard Designs  

Contact Us

MG Ballard Designs

1331 Union Ave, Suite 926. Memphis, Tennessee 38104

901.290.2296 | 855.516.5558 | info@mgballarddesigns.com | www.mgballarddesigns.com