I love when people find creative ways to solve a problem. And I especially love when creative businesses find a way to bring awareness to an issue and become part of the solution.
In their own words, Trades of Hope explains...
We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have AIDS...They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.
We are helping by marketing their products through the home party model, so they can put food on their table, a roof over their head, get medical care and an education for their children.
Doesn't that sound like a fantastic company? That's exactly why Coral Messar decided to become a Compassion Entrepreneur. Coral is not just a Trades of Hope Compassion Entrepreneur, she's also mom to my friend Lindsay. And she's giving away a beautiful Nepal Aqua Scarf ($26 value) to one of you!
To enter, simply visit the Trades of Hope website, have a look around at their fabulous products, then leave me a comment before August 23 telling me what your favorite item was. (The giveaway will end at midnight August 23.) There are other opportunities to be entered as well!
But you don't have to stop there.
You can make a difference through Trades of Hope by...
Trades of Hope is not a charity. They are business women helping women. According to the TOH website, "We pay our artisans 100% of the asking price of their products so they can make a fair wage. It is not until after we have paid the artisans and it is in our country that we add on the shipping costs and the 20% for the Compassion Entrepreneur and business expenses. This ensures that the artisans are receiving the price they decide on, which is a fair wage for their products."
You can make a difference for other women by shopping. Yes, shopping! By purchasing quality-crafted products for yourself (or as gifts) you can help women who are trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.
"By becoming a Compassion Entrepreneur, you can put food on your table while helping a sister around the world put food on her table at the very same time. Women helping women!" (taken from the TOH web site)
Now, on to the giveaway!
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