It has been a personal goal of mine over the last couple of years to find ways to “lend a hand” and give hope to as many people as possible, while in return, growing into what I hope is an improved version of myself. While this is certainly not an easy-do-over-night task, it has been, and absolutely will be, worth it in the end.
Shifting my thoughts from selfishness to altruism, is part of my ever growing moral bucket list and a definite work in progress. I would say this intentional living thought process was initiated when I married my favorite person. It began to evolve once we had kids, and took a drastic hold after going through a very eye-opening and heartbreaking loss in the murky depths of international adoption.
In the midst of this journey we met some incredible people that are stepping up, taking risks, and showing the love of Jesus to the poorest of poor. These women and their families are doing amazing work and have started organizations that promote family preservation, health, and education to those that would otherwise not have access to these “basic” needs through monthly or yearly sponsorships. We have the pleasure of helping a family through A Heart for Korah and a “street kid” through Life Thru EDU.
For the full details of how we moved from a heartbreaking loss to a story of sharing hope see my earlier blog post “Beauty from Ashes”.
It is truly a blessing for us to have the opportunity to bring a little hope and love to these “strangers” lives. We have been able to communicate with our sponsored families through letters, which they impart how grateful they are for our support, but I’m not sure they will ever know just how much they have impacted my life, all while I was attempting to change theirs.
Because we have become passionate toward helping others and looking for more ways to make a greater impact on others, I was drawn to Trades of Hope.
Trades of Hope is a company that gives women in poverty an opportunity for a better life, a life that they now feel empowered to change.
These artisans have been rescued from sex slavery, others are single women raising handicapped children, some are in war torn countries, and others have aids and leprosy. These women have never had the chances we’ve had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They hope and dream of a better life for their families.
Here in the U.S., we are helping by marketing their products through the home and online party model, so they can put food on their table, a roof over their head, receive medical care, and provide an education for their children. We want to tell their stories to the world.
Check out their stories and beautiful products here:
All women really want is to feel strong, loved, dignified, and respected. And what these artisans create allows them to feel this and when you wear their products, this feeling can trickle into your own heart, mind, and soul (I know it does for me).
So, after being introduced to what this company stands for, my support of them only grew. Which is how I decided to become a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope. I’m able to purchase their beautiful products for myself, give them as gifts, tell others about the artisans, raise awareness, empower women, and most importantly give hope!
This new journey is not a business for me, but an avenue to further my global impact. I will be donating any and all of my earnings and free products to A Heart for Korah and Life Thru EDU to provide hope and opportunity for others.
Please visit my website www.mytradesofhope.com/
For information on A Heart for Korah visit: www.aheartforkorah.com
For information on Life Thru EDU visit: www.lifethruedu.org