What people are saying...
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! - Jenn C.
I thought that by getting involved with TOH I would be able to change lives around the globe...and I definitely feel that, but what I wasn't expecting was that mine would be changed too!
- J.R. S.
Trades of Hope made an entrance in my life and for the first time I saw a company built on a foundation of compassion, giving, and something I could truly believe in. I have become a member of a family dedicated to principles and values that I am aligned with. Trades of Hope nourishes my soul, as I think about the women I am helping to have an impact on. - Deborah S.
I need to take a moment to say that I am so very grateful for the kindness, honesty and consideration TOH puts into their words, actions, and products. They have put us at the forefront of being informed and educated on how to conduct our businesses as the climate of the company evolves. They are allowing us to play a role in a growing and inspiring company to make it thrive successfully and with integrity. There is so much more I could say but most importantly, THANK YOU for creating an environment of trust, anticipation, comfort and excitement
I love having nice things, but with money being tight, I am less liking to shop and/or spend money. I love that I can shop with Trades of Hope. 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!!! - Sarah Z.
I honestly have not made a decision to do something as quickly as I have with this. My youngest is adopted from China, and will be in fourth grade so I will still be at this mom thing for awhile. The night I decided to do this (Trades of Hope) it was as if the Good Lord himself was speaking directly to me. (In the form of Elizabeth, my daughter). She curled up in my arms and asked me to please explain again why her mommy and daddy left her in a hospital at the age of 4.
They had no choice, my sweet, they could not possibly afford the medical treatment she needed. It just simply not fair that her parents whom I know loved her because she accepts love so eagerly, had no choice.
So with that, I knew that this was the perfect venue to provide a learning opportunity to women here in the US, make a little money to help with college expenses, help women and families like my daughters family, and also show my daughter that we are not powerless to help. -Colleen B.
This is from our Cambodian women who have been acid attacked, but are now finding healing through sustainable business.
Running a business is a totally new thing for Ya - and for me as well! So we are learning as we are going, but please believe me, this is such a key part of Ya's recovery. It gives her something that forces her to move into each day, each week ... sometimes each hour! And it gives her motivation to leave the house and face the world. She is being stretched and is growing. She is so encouraged that she can begin to use her mind again after so many years of just living in fear inside the four walls of her tiny home, where she felt that her mind had stagnated to the extent that she just might lose it. Thank you.
-Wendy S. Missionary to Cambodia
A letter from an artisan in Cambodia.
My name is Jariya. One day when I was walking home from school, someone called out and when I turned my head to look, they flung a container of acid in my face. It burned my face, and ran down my body, dissolving both my skin and my life. The excruciating extensive burns threatened to take my life for months, and since then I have had to endure numerous surgeries to attempt to re-make my features/face to be normal again. I now have to live with the scarring of my face and body, and also with the scarring on my heart. From the moment of the incident until today, I have consistently been the subject of mockery, hatred, rejection and curiosity, but rarely the subject of compassion or help. I am now rebuilding my life and making a future for myself, but the only thing that gives me the courage to do that is that I know that I am not alone, and that I may be able to do something to help others. I am starting this small business to make goods by hand (for Trades of Hope) so that other women in my condition, many of whom are left to raise their children on their own, can have the chance to earn their own living in safety.
- Jariya, Cambodia
From our artisans in Uganda.
Nakato is a fighter. Her husband left her when he found out she was pregnant. AIDS ridden, impoverished, and a single mother to a four year old daughter, Nakato started working from her bed to make beautiful beaded jewelry. Through her artisan work, she was able to pay her own hospital fees and bring herself back to health. In the midst of battling her own disease, she was able to send her daughter to school and open a bank account for herself!
- Nakate, Uganda, Africa