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.
As a new Compassionate Entrepreneur, I’m enjoying learning about all of the ways Trades of Hope has been able to empower women in difficult circumstances. One story that I found particularly inspiring was that of our Thailand women artisan group.
Recently, Co-Founder Chelsie Antos was able to visit an artisan group there and share these stories and pictures with Compassionate Entrepreneurs.
A woman named Aoi (Pronounced Oyye) started a part of the Thai group. She grew up in a small farming village, but left to pursue business. She ended up coming back because she was passionate about her community. She wanted to give the women in her community an opportunity outside of farming. If they don’t end up farming, many women in her village leave their homes, sometimes without their families, to go work in big cities and to send the money back. Aoi shared that she loved that she can give a creative opportunity to these women while they are able to stay home with their families. She is such an amazing and intelligent business woman.
Noi (Pronounced Noy) is an artisan who makes the Harper Necklace. She is pictured holding up some unfinished necklaces that she had been working on.
Toon (Pronounced Tune) is pictured making the Pearls of Hope Necklace. Toon loves making these because she says it requires a lot of patience. When you have a hard day, patience is a wonderful gift. She loves that this job has helped her family and that she can sometimes work from home.
The artisan group has been so successful that they have been able to create a bracelet from which part of the proceeds are donated to an elephant sanctuary. The bracelet is named the Honor Bracelet. Proceeds donated help elephants like Baby Tulu pictured below. Many elephants in Thailand are abused, but this sanctuary has rescued some.
It’s beautiful and inspiring to know that the artisans have been able to give back to their own community! After hearing this story, I proudly wear my own Honor Bracelet made by these talented and successful business women.