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This post, Trades of Hope ~ Gorgeous Items From A Company that Empowers Women, was made possible from my friend Kristi sending me the items to review from Trades of Hope.
Long time readers of this blog most likely know that I am a big supporter of helping others whenever we can. One such method is by using our purchasing power wisely. If I visit my local big box store, I may find inexpensive items that stretch my budget. However, how much does purchasing them make a difference in the life of someone?
Trades of Hope is a company that allows your purchase to help multiple people ~ both the consultant (compassionate entrepreneur) who is the purchase point here in the United States and the artisan(s) who are involved in the creation of their products.
The artisans pieces are marketed and sold through a home party model which has proven so successful here in the United States. Currently, Trades of Hope employs over 6000 artisans in the following countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, United States, Vietnam. The artisans are paid a fair wage rather than mere pennies so that they have a way to provide for their families. On top of that, the consultants have the opportunity to introduce others to the wonderful works by these artisans and earn an income themselves.
This company really wants to empower women!
Selecting a piece to showcase was a real challenge as there are SO many fabulous options. I sent Kristi my top 2 picks and was super excited that she decided to send me both!
Trades of Hope : Moxie Necklace
For years, I had shunned jewelry as little hands just have a way of ruining some items. Now that J is almost 6, I feel like I can start embracing my desire to be more feminine. The jewel tone feel in a neutral color in the Moxie necklace really spoke to me. Additionally, I need something that is a bit larger to help compensate for my slender neck, especially when wearing a lower cut neckline.
Moxie Necklace: Iridescent oval glass beads woven together with thread add coppery shimmer to any ensemble . Bronze metal rounds top all five strands of the necklace with a clasp. $34; 21 inch length.
Trades of Hope: Shades of the World Scarf
I will admit that with warmer weather this is not getting as much wear as I’d love to give it. However, I can’t wait to use it a LOT once the cooler weather arrives this fall. Shades of the World Scarf is mix of 7-inch-wide soft cotton panels are sewn end-to-end to form this bohemian wrap. Add a splash of color to dress up those jeans or little black dress. $34; 19 x 80 inches
The jewel tones are gorgeous and I can’t wait to figure out multiple ways to tie it as an accent. This is a decent length scarf, so I am confident I have plenty of fabric to work with on those ties.
Beyond knowing my purchase will help to support other women (both the artisan and the compassionate entrepreneur), I love that the pieces available through Trades of Hope do not seem to be overpriced in the least. Add in that they are more beautiful than many items found in my local stores and I can’t see a reason to NOT look here first for a unique piece to wear or gift to someone I love.
Are these pieces you would add to your own wardrobe?
Do you try to find ways to support artisans so they can make a living wage such as through a purchase from Trades of Hope?
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