Toby’s Bowties

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The whole school knows me. I wear bow ties.

Tobias O’Kongo


While studying in an American high school, one Kenyan man attempts to raise money for his village back home by selling custom-made bowties.

Tobias O’Kongo’s relationship with bowties started when he studied at a high school in Syracuse, New York. He hadn’t seen them before his journey to America, and when he first saw them, he thought they were cool.

Tobias O'Kongo sells bowties to highschool classmates to raise money for his village. Film by Drew Furtado
Tobias O’Kongo, a high school junior inspires his community to help an impoverished village in Kenya.

Kids in his school started to see Toby with his bowties, and wanted to join the fashion trend. Realizing a new potential, Toby decides to sell bowties made by the women of his village to raise money for his community back in Kenya.

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About the Author
About the Author

Drew Furtado is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, and leader of a nationally recognized high school media arts communication department .

He develops guides and strategies for nonprofit and educational organizations to improve and grow their social media presence, website development, and communication practices that best engages audiences.

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