We love hearing about the progress our artisans have made in their community. Our artisans in India have just built in their own words a “dream school” for their children. The school will have at least 300 students and will provide free education to 5% of needy children. Not only is this school a blessing to the children of the community, but also to the faculty it now employs.
The school is an impressive size with 7200 square feet and five floors. A sustainable business that provides work has many benefits and we are glad this newly built school is one of them. Thank you for your purchases which have allowed us to partner with these artisans in India!
Hi Ladies! Chelsie here with a final national tour update!
We had such an INCREDIBLE time at our Orlando meet up at the end of September, hosted by Erin Woods and her team. We had over 100 people in attendance and even had some dynamite new ladies join our sisterhood!! Wooohooo!! This was our last meet up on the national tour stop and I was honored to be joined by Holly (my mom!) and Elisabeth.... and some of our team as Orlando welcomed me back home to Florida after our long months away!
We have enjoyed every minute of our National Tour....especially because we've gotten to meet so many of you! What a blessing to have a job that allows us to travel and meet so many new friends around the world, while also empowering women out of poverty. It has been a wild ride and we wouldn't trade this exciting adventure we are on with you for anything in the world. Thank you for all that you do and if I haven't met you yet on the tour, I cannot wait to get to meet you one day! <3
Trades of Hope has partnered with Refugee Alliance to support refugees on their way to safety and a restored life. These Iraqi women and girls have been previously abused and captured but are now in a program, which provides therapy, healing, and a safe home.
Care packages will be very helpful to this program, so they can continue to provide for these women's basic needs.
Each care package will contain soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, a brush, sanitation pads, laundry detergent, socks and a blanket.
Please continue to pray for these deeply traumatized women and join us in serving them through these care packages. Learn how you can host a party and truly become a voice for the voiceless.
Every purchase you make can either have a positive or negative impact on the world.
Trades of Hope is part in revolutionizing the way people do business. Artisans in Uganda are receiving a sustainable income and a better life, empowering them to rise out of poverty and start small businesses of their own.
Our artisans in Uganda are skilled at creating intricate jewelry using brightly colored paper. They carefully cut the paper into tiny strips, then roll each strip around a toothpick to create a bead. Each bead is glued, sealed, and then assembled into a variety of unique shapes and styles to create some of your favorite bracelets!
As you can see from below, our artisans are proud to model their paper beads. Psst- Don't forget the Jungle Twirl Bracelet is 50% off when you spend $75 only until October 15th!
Chelsie here! We have had an incredible last couple of weeks finishing up our National Tour all over the east coast. It's been a blast to meet SO many amazing people and have some really cool conversations about changing the world together. Thank you to Sarah Zigouras, Christine Robinson, and Lynn Ritter for hosting our last few meet ups and also for hosting us!
We are now headed back to Florida for a week and then I head out to Guatemala for a week with a group of Compassionate Entrepreneurs. I can't wait!!!
And to end the National Tour, we still have ONE last incredible meet up you do not want to miss in Orlando, FL with Erin Woods. This meet up is on September 30th! Details here.
Thank you for changing the world with us, CEs!
Check out photos of the last 4 meet ups below. :)
We have had such an adventure on this national tour and are so blessed that Trades of Hope would be an incredible avenue to meet so many new friends, see so many unique places, while also empowering women out of poverty. We included some of our fun personal photos below of our trip up the east coast!
This artisan spotlight is meant to highlight the amazing women we partner with around the world through fair trade. For this artisan spotlight, we will be taking a closer look at the Philippines. Grace, pictured below, is like many other mothers trying to provide for their families.
Even though Grace's husband is a security guard, his income alone is not enough for their family to survive and provide an education for their six children. Grace needed a miracle to keep her family together.
After much prayer, a life changing opportunity opened up, and she found work through one of our artisan groups in the Philippines as an artisan making capiz shell jewelry and decor. Now, Grace not only makes a fair wage, but receive many benefits, including life insurance and financial assistance.
Grace can take pride in her work because she sees a future where her family can not only survive, but finally thrive. She is one of the many lives that are being directly impacted through Trades of Hope with fair trade.
No matter the occasion this easy breezy outfit is bound to make a statement. Lately, I've been loving the way the Gold Princess Bracelet looks with the Inspiration Earrings. Don't be afraid to play around with different textures like this ruffled shirt layered with the Beachcomber Necklace. This combo gives off a light-airy feel for those hot summer days. Then, add that unexpected pop of color with the Cambodia Clutch to make this subtle look an instant classic!
Elisabeth here! While Chelsie and Ryan took a brief break from the National Tour to attend to some AWESOME new changes at the home office, Gretchen and I traveled to Columbus, OH to meet fifty-five on-fire CEs and inspired guests!
Not only did Gretchen and I get to share our hearts about Trades of Hope, but we were so touched by the women we met there! We got to hear stories from CEs about how Trades of Hope changed THEIR lives. We also got to meet several mother/daughter CE teams. I was 15 years old when we founded Trades of Hope, so I am always so passionate about daughters making the purpose of Trades of Hope their own purpose, too! I was moved to tears to hear these young girls talk (with tears in THEIR eyes, too!) about their hearts for people in desperate situations around the world. It was a beautiful, meaningful evening expressing the heart of Trades of Hope, connecting relationally with friends and growing our sisterhood of world changers!
We partnered with CE Jill Butler for a truly moving event at the Roosevelt Coffeehouse in downtown Columbus. If you are ever in town, spend some time a the Roosevelt! They are a beautiful, nonprofit coffeehouse that is working to end trafficking and poverty locally and globally! They definitely share our heart's mission. We know God hand picked that place for this event.
Be sure to check out the rest of the tour dates and details to see if we are coming to your town!!
Chelsie here! We've had a beautiful week full of lots of laughs and new friends! Last week, we visited with Rainy Benedict, Amanda Sparks, and the Indiana CEs for an amazing event and yummy snacks. I even got to spend breakfast with them the next day too, which was such a treat. Then we headed on down to Louisville, KY to meet up with Jenna Lewis for an coffee chat about empowering women. And last but not least, we looped on up to Lansing, MI and partnered with Heather Gonzalo, Tracie Westrate, Gail Faler, & team for an emotional and moving event.
Ryan and I are now headed back to Florida for work, but we will resume our trip in August! We've had an INCREDIBLE time exploring the midwest and meeting CEs there that will for sure become life long friends. Don't miss out on the upcoming meet ups, which our other amazing founders will be speaking at!
Columbus, OH, Hershey, PA, and Manasquan, NJ are all coming up!
Hope to see ya soon!
Check out photos of the last 3 meet ups below. :)
We've had an adventurous week driving around the midwest. We had such a fun stop in Chicago, met new friends, and met up with old friends. On the way back to Florida, our truck's brakes gave out and we were stuck in Kentucky for a bit. But we are excited to say that, after a stint at the mechanic's, they are good to go and we have finally started our journey home. It will be exciting to be back with our office, family, and friends for a while before we embark on the next Trades of Hope adventure! As always, thanks for following along as we drive our camper around the U.S.!
Here are some snaps of the last week.
Chelsie here! We've had a busy week traveling through Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois! But oh boy, it's been exciting. First, we stopped in St. Paul and had a barbecue with some of our beautiful CEs. Then, Jess Argetsinger's team hosted a big meet up and we had 5 incredible people join our sisterhood!
After that, we traveled on over to Milwaukee to meet up with Laurie Turner and the CEs in the Wisconsin area. We had an amazing evening by Lake Michigan, sipping coffee and talking about empowering women! Loved meeting you Wisconsin CEs and friends!
And we finished our week off in Aurora, IL with Erika Solgos and local CEs. The setting was so homey and friendly and a new friend joined our sisterhood!
We've had such an incredible week meeting you and hearing your stories! This coming up week we are finishing out with Indianapolis, IN, Louisville, KY, and Lansing, MI!
We have had such a fun two weeks heading into the midwest and as the days have warmed up, we've become even more excited. Just a month ago, we were in Wyoming in the snow. So these sunny, summer days make us happy. We will be headed back to Florida next Tuesday to work on some projects at home. I am so excited to see family and friends again, but also a little sad to leave the road. (Luckily, we've decided to make our camper our permanent home for now, so that will keep things exciting). And we will be resuming our trip come August and are looking forward to meeting you east coast friends. :) Thanks for following our journey and thinking and praying for us!
Check out some instagram snapshots of the last few weeks.
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