Thursday, April 26, 2012

Trades of Hope

I am linking up with Kelly's Blog today.  I have never linked up but have been a follower of her blog for some time now.  The "link up" this week was to show what you make or sell.  Well, I don't make what you are about to see.  I just sell it.  I am a compassion entrepreneur for Trades of Hope.

After I came back from Cambodia, I wanted to find a way to impact others across the globe.  Just months after I returned, Trades of Hope came across my plate.

 It was actually founded in Palm Coast, Florida where I lived.  The four incredible woman started it to impact and help women all over the world.  Some women have been rescued from the sex slave trade.  Others are raising special needs children.  Some are in war torn countries living with aids and leprosy.  All of the artisans love their families and dream of a better life for them.
In the picture you will see what Trades of Hope has to offer like the Capiz Feather Earrings: These earrings were made by artisans in the Philippines.  A girl in the Philippines is discriminated against early in life due to culture and customary gender biases. Girls are usually allotted less food than their fathers and brothers, despite their nutritional needs. When money is hard to come by, the boys in the family are given an education and the girls do not attend school. They usually take on an abused and submissive role. The public sees these women as sex objects and stereotypes them as such.

But Fair Trade groups are changing that by helping women develop skills to sell their products to the world! Make a difference in their lives by purchasing a pair of earrings!  These earrings are only $16.00 

I actually have two different necklaces hanging in this display.
The Blue Glass Bead Necklace is only $18.00 and one of my favorite pieces.   The sex trade swallows up so many young, unmarried women who try to make a life for themselves outside their impoverished villages.  A purchase of these items benefits woman like this. 

 The other necklace is the Multi-Strand Brown Necklace for $20.00. 
This Striped Straw Tote is made in VietnamIt is $32.00.  The artisans are now able to support themselves and the community by providing clean water projects, vocational training, and social and health insurance!

If you are interested in any of these products or to learn more about Trades of Hope, you can email me at, click into the website to check out all the products that Trades of Hope has to offer or leave a comment!  Thank you!!
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1 comment:

Laura @ said...

I am so excited to have found you through Kelly's! I have a huge heart for Cambodia and the girls there. My husband and I do college ministry and have taken teams to Svay Pak to work with Agape International Missions and I am just so amazed at what God is doing.

Trades of Hope sounds so awesome!! So... I would love to start a partnership with you if you are able. Here is what I mean,