Lauren Wallis is the co-founder and president of YOUME Clothing, a nonprofit that makes old things new! Utilizing their collaborative repurposing model, they partner with communities in Africa to provide children with new school uniforms or clothing in exchange for their oldest garments. These tattered garments are brought back to the US, washed, cut and incorporated into designs onto YOUME apparel and sold. The proceeds fund more clothing exchanges and community-led development projects related to clean water or education! It's a beautiful cycle of turning rags into resources. Lauren was inspired to help start YOUME after earning a degree in Sociology/Cross-Cultural Studies, working in the apparel industry and spending 8+ years forging relationships and connections in Africa. After experiencing first hand how well-intentioned charities can often hurt communities in the long run, she decided to focus on partnering with communities and existing NGO's in creative ways that are both sustainable and effective! She believes it's only when we work together, towards a greater good, that we can truly live with passion and purpose. She and her husband, Marc, call San Diego home. You can usually find them camping, eating tacos or binge-watching Netflix!