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Save Money: Group will teach new moms to make their own diapers


A group of women in Elkhart is trying to help new moms save money.  Green Olive Ministries  plans to teach moms struggling to make ends meet to make their own cloth diapers.

Organizers Andie Kingsbury and Stephanie Salisbury have received a $1000 grant from The Pollination Project and are running a fundraising effort through Indie GoGo.

By the end of March, they hope to start their first three month training session, where they'll teach ten women to make their own set of cloth diapers.

Kingsbury says she came up with the idea while volunteering at a local food pantry.  She says the first thing women would ask for was always diapers.   "It almost hurt to say we're all out, because you would actually see them deflate. That six pack of diapers was something they really looked forward to," she says. 

Kingsbury teamed up with Salisbury to make the project a reality.  Krista Duncan and Marla Wood have now joined the cause.  They're all perfecting their skills as they prepare for the launch of the program.

We know what you're thinking.  Cloth diapers are an environmentally-friendly option that could save you some cash, but you're wondering if you can put up with the mess.  "Oh it's totally different from what it used to be," Salisbury says.  "Usually when you talk about cloth diapers people think of a white sheet pinned around your baby."

They estimate you could save as much as $2,000 per child by using cloth instead of disposable diapers.

But not anymore!  The ministry uses soft fiber, water-proof material and adjustable snaps.  They say anyone can learn to make the modern-day cloth diapers.

If you would like to support their effort, you can visit their Indie GoGo project here.

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