A couple of months ago I attended a cultural heritage night celebration at one of our local elementary schools. As I was walking through, a table with some really cool jewelry caught my eye and I stopped by. I’m a fan of costume jewelry especially unique pieces. I met Heather, a Compassionate Entrepreneur, who was there representing Trades of Hope.
Trades of Hope was founded in 2010 to empower women out of poverty. As we know, some women around the world live in slums, work in sweatshops, and are victims of the sex trade. We even face some of those conditions here in the United States. Trades of Hope has partnered with women globally by providing an opportunity to improve their own and their children’s lives by marketing their handmade products. The products include jewelry, scarves, bags, and gifts.
Heather is an entrepreneur who owns her own party-based business. But more importantly, she believes in the mission of Trades of Hope and is passionate about helping other women around the globe. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
The founders of Trades of Hope want to help women break the cycle of poverty by having their own resources to care for their families.
After hearing about their mission, I couldn’t help but be moved. Families are suffering. It was a reminder to me of the things that I take for granted like access to an education for my kids.
I agreed to host a party along with my seventeen-year-old daughter in support of our sisters around the world. We are all for playing a part in changing the world. Plus, I enjoy getting together with friends. Life gets busy which makes it hard to carve out girl time. This past Sunday we had that time at my house with Heather. We ate, talked and shopped with a purpose.
Our part doesn’t have to be a big show for all the world to see because each contribution makes a difference no matter how small.
We can’t wait for our jewelry to arrive in the mail. It’s attractive, well made and meaningful on so many levels. Each time we wear our pieces we’ll be reminded of the message behind the jewelry.
Heather will be traveling to Haiti in the next few weeks and I’m looking forward to hearing about her trip at the next party. A few of my friends have agreed to host, so we’ll be seeing each other again soon.
Peace and Blessings,