A21 · Apparent Project · Asia · Cambodia · Gifts of Hope · Haiti · India · Kenya · Minnesota · Pakistan · Thailand · Three Angels School · Uncategorized · United States

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.

India · Love Bowl · Uncategorized

Empowering Women in Rural India

While India has experienced rapid growth and development in the past years in many spheres,  gender equity is not one of them.   Women deal with numerous structural and social barriers preventing them from fully participating in the economy, especially in rural areas where almost three out of four Indians and 77 percent of the Indian poor live.  One of these barriers is a real, constant threat of gender-based violence that discourages women from leaving their homes.  This threat also leads some parents to marry off daughters before the legal age of 18 in an effort to protect them.  However, the act of marriage does little to protect women as domestic violence is often a result and there is very little that can be done in the legal system to punish the abuser.

Trades of Hope has been able to partner with some women artisan groups in rural Indian villages.  Through this Fair Trade partnership, many of these women are now finding their voice and are empowered to be self-reliant! By making these products for Trades of Hope, they are stepping out from the thinking that women have no value.  Rather, they are respected for their contribution to their families.

Below is a picture of an artisan working on our Love Bowl.

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As a result of our partnerships, some of the groups have been able to start schools for their villages and provide clean water to them.  This is an example of how sustainable business has a ripple effect on raising living standards for whole communities.

The finished Love Bowl, pictured below, is symbolic of these women’s love of family and community.  Every time I see one of these handmade bowls, I think of how it is inspired by their hope to create a better future for themselves and generations of Indian women to come.

Love bowl