Charlene Nijmeh has worked hard to build her company into a successful
commercial green enterprise that not only benefits the environment, delivers affordable clothing to the World's poor, but also helps support the creation of micro enterprises in developing countries that gives the most impoverished people a sustainable source of income that helps pulls them out of poverty.
As of Jan 2015, Charlene's company will divert over 25 million lbs of unwanted but recyclable textiles out of our nations landfills every year.
Of course the cause she most champions is the environment. Raised in a Native American household (the daughter of the Chairwoman of her tribe ) Charlene was raised to believe in the responsibility bestowed on the people of this Planet to protect mother Earth. Her love for the environment guided her to produce an educational green DVD that teaches students the importance of living a green lifestyle.
The daughter of farm workers whose older sister once marched with Cesar Chavez, Cambra says her coming of age as an activist came in 1969 when she was a young woman. That year, she and some friends with access to a fishing boat set sail for Alcatraz and briefly joined the landmark Native American protest occupation of the island.
About a decade later, she became the Muwekma's leader by default, she says, after many of the tribe's younger males, newly returned from the Vietnam War, were either too busy starting families or too disillusioned to take up the recognition struggle.
Norma Sanchez, executive director of the tribal council of the local Muwekma, laments the millions needed to secure federal recognition, a feat beyond many tribes without bankrolled investors.