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Gifts of Hope that Empower

As a new Compassionate Entrepreneur, I’m learning the ways Trades of Hope builds artisan partnerships and tackles human trafficking issues that go beyond the initial purchase of artisan products.  One of these ways is through a program called “Gifts of Hope.”

“Gifts of Hope” is the vehicle through which Trades of Hope gives back a percentage of profits of product sales (currently 10%).  Donations are given to various organizations that empower women around the world, with a focus on:

  • Fighting Against Sex Trafficking: Sweetwater Girls Ranch in Minnesota, A21 Campaign, International Justice Mission;
  • Sustainable Agriculture: Donating baby chicks to families in need as a way for them to create a sustainable food source and income;
  • Disaster Relief:  Relief from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, the earthquake in Nepal, the Orlando shooting, the Louisiana flooding in 2016, and various emergency needs of our artisans worldwide;
  • Education:  Supporting Three Angels School in Haiti, starting and supporting Apparent Project School in Haiti, fully funding Good News School in India, donating supplies to schools in Thailand, and giving to Freedom Global’s Girls School in Kenya;
  • Empowering Through Resources: Counseling sessions for artisans in need, water wheels, wells and water pipes, bikes for girls in Cambodia, sewing machines for women around the world to start their businesses.

It is wonderful to know that by gifting a Trades of Hope product, you’re actually giving twice – once to the gift recipient, and the other to organizations such as those mentioned above.

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You can check out this video to see all of the amazing things that were done through Gifts of Hope in 2016!

What an honor to be able to represent such an amazing, compassionate company that is truly a Force for Good in this world!  Feel free to connect with me to learn more about how you can get involved to spread Hope + Dignity.

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The May Lee Necklace Restores & Empowers

If you ever questioned how much of a difference purchasing a piece of Fair Trade jewelry can make, I invite you to read this post on Trades of Hope’s May Lee Necklace.

This summer, our Co-Founder Holly traveled to Asia.  While there she went into some of the brothels and met women who were so much like her, but lacked choice, education and the opportunity for a better life.

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Co-Founder Holly with our Empowered Artisan Partners in Asia that create the May Lee Necklace

Trades of Hope is changing this.  The women alongside Co-Founder Holly in the above picture have been empowered out of the brothels and are now learning new skills while making beautiful jewelry!  The May Lee Necklace is one of these pieces that is now available in our Marketplace.  These women are also being given holistic care.  This means each woman has the opportunity to receive vocational training, healthcare, shelter, counseling, as well as education grants.

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The beautiful May Lee Necklace: white quartz stones are adorned on an antiqued brass chain creating an edgy yet casual pendant, available here

When you purchase Trades of Hope products, you are wearing the story of our Artisan Partners.  You are wearing stories of Hope + Restoration.  You are making a connection to other women who are proud of the products they have made for you.  You begin to realize that we are all connected and part of a bigger story.