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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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‘Disability is not Inability’ at Bombolulu Workshops

There is an uplifting story behind the Kenyan artisan group, Bombolulu Workshops, that crafts our Golden Kenyan Necklace that I want to share with you this week.

Bombolulu Workshops (http://www.apdkbombolulu.org/about/) is located near Mombasa, Kenya, and works with over 100 disabled men and women artisans to help them overcome their physical limitations and empower them economically and socially.  The organization started in 1969 as a rehabilitation project sponsored by the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, and it is one of the only programs of its kind in Kenya.  The program provides artisans with training in jewelry making, screen printing, wood carving and crafting to provide them with a dignified way of earning an income. They also provide housing and assistance with medical care.

‘Disability is not Inability’ is the motto at Bombolulu Workshops, and this empowered attitude is reflected in all aspects of the organization.  Below is a video made by Janet Chumbe that explains the mission of the organization.  The Trades of Hope Silver Kenyan Necklace can be seen in the video along with one of the talented artisans who creates it.

It is such an honor to wear the beautiful Trades of Hope Golden Kenyan Necklace and to know my purchase Spreads Dignity to disabled men and women in Kenya.

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The Golden Kenyan Necklace made by Empowered Bombolulu Workshop artisans in Kenya