We organically grew and as most start ups do, we looked around to see who could help us in our mission to change the world. We found close friends and family that partnered arm and arm with us to do the unthinkable: work toward ending poverty and changing the lives of women worldwide.
And a movement began.
As we’ve grown, we’ve hired an incredibly diverse group of people that make our mission even more real and achievable. But the simple fact remains that we never want to lose that close family feel that can be seemingly lost in corporate America today. “Corporate” is the word we’ve banned in our office. Not that it’s bad, but for us, we want it to feel like home and like family. We even call our staff the "home team."
We believe that, if you’re going to spend 40 hours a week somewhere, you should love that place. And that place should love you back.
In 2017, we were so proud to offer medical benefits to our Florida home team for the first time. Knowing how hard it is secure the right benefits, especially with children, is an overwhelming part of this world. We were honored that we got to give this gift to our home team to help ease that burden and take care of their families.
Did you know that the U.S. is one of only two countries in the first world that offers no federal paid maternity leave? At Trades of Hope, we are a company that supports and honors women and all they choose to be. Because of this, we offer paid maternity leave with an additional 6 weeks of leave time for births and adoptions for our home team. On top of that, we love that we can also offer paternity leave as well, because we know that a new child is a transition for the mother and father and we want to make that transition as easy as possible.
We also LOVE that our Compassionate Entrepreneurs are their OWN business owners and can help others, bring in a paycheck, AND have families they stay home with if they so choose. We have many layers to our business and love the empowerment we can bring to them all.
We love that an artisan mom can create products in her workshop while knowing her child is being safely taken care of in daycare. We love that our Compassionate Entrepreneurs can work from home AND empower women worldwide. We love being a part of providing incomes that allow families to buy homes for the first time and reinvest into others. To champion people first is our passion.
We also focus on programs throughout the year to create a culture of fun in our home office workplace. During the fall months, you could show up and find our staff dressed up as favorite movie characters, strong females from history, or sci-fi costumes. We host leadership teachings every Monday to pour into our staff, because we believe everyone who works for us is a leader with great power to change the world.
We love to throw parties and during the year we host parties with prizes, games, and moments of reflection. You can even find a few of our goofy staff videos online. Dancing and singing is involved as much as possible! Our work can be heavy, but we believe that we truly are in the business of hope and want to create an atmosphere that brings that to every person working with us.
We’ve created a place of wholeness, where employees feel loved and accepted and work hard for their passion and our passion – ending poverty and changing lives all over the world.
And in turn, we’re able to pour this passion into partnering with over 5,000 American women AND 13,000 artisans.....who can now send their babies to school, buy a home for the first time, work in a place of love and respect, and see their lives completely change.
Sustainable, people first business truly changes things for everyone.