This was my first graphic design project. It was the project that led me to pursue design, and it is the project that led me to my first job at a cause-related communications agency. In 2009, I started an organization to raise money for causes related to global poverty. As part of that effort, I brought a number of speakers to Nashville, including Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes and Jessica Jackley, founder of, the world's largest microfinance site. We raised $10,000 for Partners In Health after the Haitian earthquakes, $6,000 to dig a well in the Central African Republic, $22,000 to give children shoes, and $11,000 for the UN's refugee agency after the Pakistan floods (for which we received an award from the UNHCR). We also raised $5,000 to install diesel-solar hybrid water pumps in Peru through these blue bottles (and posters) I designed. They let us raise money, reduce plastic use, and raise awareness. The bottles worked as tiny ads for the issue and for themselves.