This is from Wendy…….
Globally 40% of all Women make less than 2.00 a day.
Women are paid 25 cents to a man’s dollar.
70% of those living in poverty around the world are women.
It has been proven if you help 1 woman out of poverty, she will bring 4 others out with her.
The primary victims of today’s wars are not soldiers, they are women and their children.
I currently have a successful business as a Hairstylist and recently learned about a company called Trades of Hope. This Fair Trade, missional business was started in 2010 by two women and their daughters. The founders believe all women should have a chance to better their lives. Trades of Hope, is empowering women out of poverty all across the world by purchasing their hand made items such as home decorative pieces, scarves, necklaces, bracelets, and bags. We practice fair trade principles which means the artisans are paid 4-6 times more than what they would normally make in their own country. The artisans make a consistent living so that they are able to provide the basic needs for their family. Many of these basic needs such as: food, clothing, shelter, education and health care are being met for the very first time. This is changing our world. It truly gives me a renewed purpose. Everyday I am blessed to have a job in the hair and makeup industry where I am making women (and men) who visit my salon feel beautiful and more confident. To think through Trades of Hope I am able to give that to other women in a completely different way all over the world gives me goose bumps.
The way we do this is through “Parties with a Purpose” where our hostesses gather friends in their home. I share catalogs, showcase the beautiful items and stories about our artisans. It is such a fun inspirational shopping experience. Our hostesses receive free products and a percentage off products. TOGETHER we are changing lives. Hopefully, there are other women out there who want to join my team as a Compassion Entrepreneur. Because right now, there are less than 430 women in America who have joined in this amazing company. I invite you to check out my website www.mytradesofhope.com/wendycarlson and do some Christmas, Birthday and Everyday shopping. Every purchase directly impacts these women. This is not charity it is sustainability.
Just a few stories about the Artisans:
The Apparent Project
The average Haitian makes $400 a year. Haiti had this century’s worst natural disaster, and is home to almost 500,000 orphans. The vast majority of Haiti’s “orphans” have not been orphaned by parental deaths, or natural disasters, but by parents who gave them up simply because they could not feed them. Our work in Haiti is helping with the orphan crisis by providing the parents with a sustainable business by making “cereal box” beads. Now these parents are able to keep their children and raise them with dignity! Purchase a beautiful bracelet or necklace by them today! Your purchase helps parents keep their children!
Kisses for Katie: Uganda, Africa
Trades of Hope is excited to be working with a group in Uganda that feeds, educates, and encourages orphaned and vulnerable children and families in Uganda. Founded in 2008 by then 19-year-old Katie Davis (Kisses from Katie), they spreads the truth of God’s love and empower the Ugandan people through education sponsorship, community outreach, vocational projects, and discipleship programs.
Mothers in their beading circle craft beautiful, handmade necklaces and are empowered to turn away from harmful work to provide for their families. Katie Davis goes to the slum community of Masese once a week to meet with these women, build relationships, lead them in a Bible study, purchase their necklaces, and assist in giving them money management training. More than 30 women are now able to feed their families, send their children to school, purchase plots of land, and build homes. Money received from the sale of these necklaces also funds a feeding program in Masesethat serves over 1200 children Monday through Friday. This self-sustaining vocational program gives hope and a future for families in Uganda, and the women are proud their hard work is making a difference in their community.
This group in Uganda, Africa is an organization managed by the disadvantaged to help the disadvantaged! The majority of the artisans are either people who are disabled or are widowed. Their lives are being changed from the sales of their stunning baskets!
One of the missions of this group is to provide hope to disabled people, youth, and those suffering from HIV/AIDS. This group is over 85% women and is excited about the change they are making in the women of Uganda. Recently this group purchased an 85-acre plot of land where they plan to build a village. The center will be used mainly to teach youth with disabilities about income generation. Many of these young people have now successfully started their own businesses!
Thistle Farms – USA
These products are made by a group of women in a residential program in Tennessee that provides housing, food, dental, medical, therapy, education and job training for women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution and addiction. When women come into this group, they are offered the resources needed to maintain recovery, heal from childhood wounds, and get physically healthy. Eventually these women find work, return to school or enter the job training program at Thistle Farms.
Through Thistle Farms, women gain much needed job skills, responsibility and cooperation. It is a supportive workplace where women acquire the skills they need to earn a living wage. Into every Thistle Farms product goes the belief that love is the most powerful force for change in the world. The programs the group offers are grounded in spiritual principles about living gracefully in the community with each other. Residents, graduates, staff and volunteers share daily tasks, offer hospitality, build on each other’s strengths, and provide compassionate, disciplined support. This group stands as a witness to the truth that in the end, love is more powerful than all the forces that drive women to the streets.