Compassionate Entrepreneur · Distribution Center · Empowered Artisans · Holly Wehde · The Arc · Uncategorized · United States

The Arc & Trades of Hope

Something about Trades of Hope really hit home for me when I learned that the company partners with their local Arc Chapter for employment opportunities in their Distribution Center.

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The Arc is America’s leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The packages customers receive are packaged by these amazing men and women.

One of my cousins has Down syndrome, and I immediately thought about her when I learned this.  My cousin is fortunate in this country to have respect and opportunities through programs like those at The Arc that so many similarly challenged individuals in developing countries struggle to find.   Trades of Hope is changing this through its partnerships with artisan groups.  Having these opportunities is life changing to those that have disabilities here and in developing countries.  This is just one more reason I’m passionately pursuing my Compassionate Entrepreneur business with Trades of Hope, and sharing the opportunity with others.  Together, we can truly make a difference & touch so many lives!

Feel free to reach out to me if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity!

A21 · Apparent Project · Asia · Cambodia · Empowered Artisans · 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.

Cherished · Empowered Artisans · New Leaf Earrings · Uncategorized · United States

Out of the Darkness and into the Light: Cherished & Trades of Hope in the US

Through my work as a Compassionate Entrepreneur, I’m learning more about our artisan groups and came across the below video that features Kate, the founder of Cherished, a faith-based outreach and support group in California.  Cherished reaches out to women and victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.  It brought tears to my eyes to hear about her own experience and how she has been able to help women that are trying to rebuild and reshape their lives.  Please watch and listen to their story…

My New Leaf Earrings have a special place in my heart now that I’ve heard Kate and Linda’s stories!  I’m glad to see we are helping them feel valued, loved, and CHERISHED. Through our partnership, we are empowering these women to be heroes of their own stories with a sustainable income.

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