I started selling fairly traded crafts in 2010 after two friends from two different countries asked me to help sell handmade items to help women and orphans. Recycled paper jewelry from Jinja, Uganda, and silk brocade handbags from South China were the main products I sold at local events, churches, and homes. I’ve gradually added more products as the business has grown. Each item is uniquely made and provides income for artisans in developing countries.
My motivation for starting the business was to generate income to pay the monthly sponsorship I began in 2009 for mywidow, Genevieve, in Burundi. I soon surpassed my goal and was able to earn enough to sponsor a little girl in India through .
I met Genevieve in 2009 on my first trip to Africa.
After Genevieve passed away in 2012 her home became an ‘orphan led home’ and I committed to maintain my sponsorship to care for her 5 orphans. It has been a blessing to keep in touch with them.
In addition to selling, I enjoy sharing the stories of the artisans and how the products are made. I give educational talks to inform, teach, create awareness, and inspire others to find creative ways to generate income to help those in need. I believe anyone can make a difference and bring ‘life’ to others.
Featured handmade products:
Recycled Paper Jewelry from Jinja, Uganda
Bone Jewelry from Kenya
Brocade Jewelry Bags from South China
Variety of other inventory varies each year