Sunday, May 11, 2014

Trades of Hope

As a teacher, we see families of all walks of life. I work in an area that is one of the most affluent in the country, yet there are still families that have been hit by economic downturn and are still struggling to make ends meet.

However, these families often are able to stick together and make things work without having to split families up. Unfortunately, this is often not the case in many countries around the world. One such place is Haiti. In Haiti, half a million children are orphaned each year not just by death and disease, but by poverty. Many women give up their children to orphanages in Haiti, because they are unable to feed their children on the average income in Haiti, $400.

Being a mother, I could not imagine having to give up a child. As a child of adoption, I know the power of what a family can bring. I am so blessed to be with the family I was adopted into. These things are what led me to a company named Trades of Hope. The motto of this company is empowering women out of poverty and other destitute situations such as the sex trade. Trades of Hope offers fair trade items such as necklaces made by a group of women in Haiti that works to help keep children with their own mothers. Trades of Hope sells their fair trade items in the US so that these women can take their children to work with them or send them to school. We are these women's voices in the US that allow them to sell their wares for fair prices 3 to 4 times their worth in their own economies. We offer them hope of financial stability.

To learn more about Trades of Hope or to purchase incredible fair trade items made by artisans around the world, please visit my website at : http://www.mytradesofhope.com/ColleenZehr

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I thought that this new teacher-seller website might interest you. They are based in Canada and offer features that are not found on similar sites. They also have a lot of new features coming. Here is a link: Created by Teachers, Exclusively for Teachers

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