However, there are heartbreaking cases where children are already impoverished from food, education, shelter; and then poverty steals their parents away from them as well. This is where adoption is a beautiful thing. Adoption restores an orphan's opportunity to re-obtain love, laughter, and hope for a future.
Despite the reward, Trades of Hope co-founders Gretchen and Elisabeth Huijskens know through the adoption of their daughter and sister that adoption is a long, unpredictably bumpy road which is not for the faint of heart. That is why Trades of Hope loves using Gifts of Hope to support The Sparrow Fund. The Sparrow Fund walks with families going through the adoption process emotionally, educationally, and financially. They offer grants, fundraising, and regular training opportunities.
The Sparrow Fund's training opportunities are more than just sharing depersonalized statistics and facts; they declare that it is "connecting with others and allowing stories, relationships, experiences, as well as information to encourage and equip us for the adventure of adoption" (sparrow-fund.org).
In addition, we are drawn to the efforts of The Sparrow Fund because many of our Compassion Entrepreneurs are in the process of adopting and are even using their Trades of Hope sales commissions to fund their adoptions. Trades of Hope is so proud to support an organization that is abolishing all obstacles for families to rescue orphans from a dark, unknown future!
"I chose to sell Trades of Hope because it was one of the only home parties I have ever been to where there products were so unique, and all made for a good cause. I take pride in owning my own business because it helps supplement my income as a single mom, and it goes towards helping women around the world out of poverty!"An artisan in Haiti!
- Jenn C., A TOH Compassion Entrepreneur
Gifts of Hope is an important link in the chain of helping women out of poverty. It is a way that Trades of Hope gives back through the profits of our product sales.
Through out the year, Trades of Hope gives donations to programs that promote long term business, education, and growth all over the world!
"With money being tight, I am less likely to shop and spend money. But I love that I can shop with Trades of Hope and not only am I purchasing something beautiful, but I am also supporting women just like me that want what is best for their babies. I am shopping with a purpose!!!"
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