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.
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.
I’ve been learning more about the women from the Cambodian artisan group, and wanted to share a little bit about them with you. The women are victims of what is called an “acid attack.” Acid is thrown at the victims’ face and body as a form of revenge in such an attack. This is done because the attacker doesn’t want to kill, but would rather disfigure their victim. Attackers are usually not brought to justice. Once a woman is disfigured by an attack, they are immediately not welcomed anymore in mainstream Cambodian society. Usually they end up living in the outskirts of society; in slums with their children. Their lives are forever changed.
Trades of Hope has partnered with a group of these women in Cambodia to provide them hope for a future they thought they had lost. Jariya is the leader of this group, and she has already added many women to her business. They are so excited for this opportunity. I’ve included a video below from when our co-founder visited this group – it is clear that their work is giving them a sense of purpose, value, and dignity.
When I wear my Smoky Stone Ring, I can truly appreciate the care that went into making it, and the hope it is providing another woman.
For more information on what else is being done to help victims of acid attacks in Camobdia, you can visit The Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) facebook page here. The Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) was established in 2006 in direct response to the lack of services and the limited options for medical treatment made available to acid burn survivors in Cambodia and serves as the primary organization in Cambodia for acid burn survivors. CASC has four aspects to its work:
1. Surgical, medical, and psychological treatment;
2. Vocational training and social reintegration projects;
3. Legal assistance and advocacy for legal reform; and
4. Awareness raising, research, education and advocacy to eliminate acid violence altogether.