This “word girl” is having a hard time putting into words the incredibly inspiring time I had at the Trades of Hope retreat last weekend. But you knew I would push through 😉 so here are ten brief “word highlights,” because it is truly my heart for as many people as possible to learn about and partner with us in our effective mission and unique world-changing mojo. 😉 Let me know which one resonates with you:
EMPOWER – In 2016, we grew to empower 13,340 artisans in 17 countries (including the US) around the world! The ripple effect of sustainable business is impacting 42,884 people(!) in their communities – and counting…
EDUCATION – We have founded 3 different schools and donated complete salaries to 2 teachers at the Good News School in India in honor of the 2016 Top Seller and Top Leader. They will also be teaching mothers how to read and write so they can move out of the slums!
AMPLIFY – “Our artisans are not voice-less, they just need a microphone. As Compassionate Entrepreneurs, we are their amplifiers.” – Shelby Black-Couch, Director Compassionate Entrepreneur
HONOR – “When we honor the maker of what we purchase, we honor our own Maker.” Chandler Busby, U of Texas Fashion Design graduate and founder of Haiti Design Co-op.
PERSISTENCE – “There is a Creole saying – ‘Little by little, the bird builds its nest.’ Trades of Hope has made a lot changes in my life. I have graduated from sewing school, learning English, how to manage money and customer service. And now I have a Visa! I am so proud to see you wearing our products and coming to visit our shop in Haiti.” – Fabi-Billie, Artisan, Boutique Manager and Head of Packaging
INSPIRATION – “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” (Picasso) I am incredibly inspired and working very hard to give opportunity and expand the marketplace for women around the world. I would be honored and thrilled for you to partner with me in 2017.
JOIN our soul-feeding, like-hearted sisterhood to have an exponential impact that will allow us to take on more artisans and advocate for new countries (like our new group in Pakistan!!!). Becoming a Compassionate Entrepreneur has been one of the BEST decisions I’ve ever made and it is not only blessing families around the world, but providing a meaningful and flexible way for me to contribute to my family’s well-being. Our artisans feel pride and dignity to have business partners in the US. Win-win!
HOST online or in-person gatherings to share our effective mission with your circles of influence and have a specific, global impact on families with dreams that are not that much different than yours. This year, in addition to the already generous hostess rewards, every $1000+ party (totally do-able) earns a back pack for a child in India!
SHOP our “products with soul” (30 gorgeous new pieces just introduced!) to make a direct
connection with the artisan who is quickly becoming the hero of her own story. In the next 3 months, I will be pursuing specific sales goals, so I can earn humanitarian rewards like 12 chicks for a village in Africa, a month of food for a young orphan in Haiti, a water wheel for a woman in India, a bike to get a Cambodian girl to school safely, and a year of school tuition for a girl in Haiti. I would be humbled and grateful to partner with you to make these goals a reality!
HOPE! – Be encouraged that whenever a tragedy occurs in the world, there are over 4,000 (and counting) regular but passionate women like me injecting hope, compassion, beauty and dignity back into the world every day through Trades of Hope. Come do it with us!
Thanks so much for your interest. If your heart is stirred, please share, shout out below or private message me about how you would like to change the world – together!