By Todd R. Michaelis (BA ’90)
While serving in the islands of Cape Verde as a missionary, David M. Sattler (BA ’02) saw many impoverished people who lacked education. “Children begged me for food, but what really got my attention were those asking for pencils and paper,” Sattler says. He decided that when he returned home he would find a way to help them.
True to his goal, after receiving his bachelor’s degree and an MBA, Sattler, along with his wife, Rebecca Brady Sattler (BS ’02), began assisting people in Cape Verde through Sattler Clothing, an ecologically friendly clothing company.
“A reason for forming the company was to have a vehicle for giving back,” Sattler says. He contacted his former mission president to ask how his company could help and was referred to the Ashby Foundation, a humanitarian-aid organization in Cape Verde.
In a collaborative partnership with the foundation, portions of the company’s profits are used to provide internships to Cape Verde high school students. Students learn how to be more responsible, develop job skills, and find work through the program. “Some of the skills they learn are very basic—such as showing up to work on time,” Sattler says. “Ultimately, the goal is to help kids in Cape Verde succeed and escape the cycle of poverty.”
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