On Sunday I had the honor of listening to a guest speaker, Nathan George, who is the founder of Trade as One speak about his foundation.
In a nutshell Trade as One is an organization that believes and supports free trade. Furthermore, Trade As One provides sustainable jobs for men and women across the nation as a means to free women from slavery and free them from having to do whatever it takes to put food on the table for their children. It supports both men and women who have had to deal with the effects of HIV and AIDS. Products include jewelry, scarves, coffee, olive oil etc. that are hand made.
So why am I sharing this with you? My heart was touched in knowing that we consumers can support and help these men and women live a different life than what their own father might have sold them into at the age of 5.
When I create something I do so because it is a love and passion that I have; however when these men and women create it is to keep them out of the brothels, off the streets, and to sustain their families. The purchase of their creations have a story- their story, and the one that we are able to help them write by supporting their efforts in living a different life.
Check out their Trade As One link and if you feel led to then make a purchase and support them!