Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Gandhi

More Than 20 Years Without A Country

  • Posted on: 5 March 2014
  • By: Buy the change

Over 200,000 members of the Karen Tribe in Burma (Myanmar) have been displaced due to political turmoil and persecution. As many as 160,000 of them live in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border. The Karen are not Burmese, they were there long before Burma existed. They aren't Thai, even though many residents of the camps were born in Thailand. In the 20 years the camps have existed a whole generation of children have grown up there and are starting to have children of their own.

First Encounters...

  • Posted on: 17 February 2014
  • By: Buy the change

There is a house in a quiet village in India where women meet on average once per week. They gather to sort fabrics, quilt, patch, stitch, sew and most importantly, for fellowship. Some women live nearby, and some walk a mile or more to go there. They are a spirited bunch led by a spirited woman named Sushmita. At this house, with these women, we had our first face-to-face visit with our artisans...

5 Things I Learned During My Month In Asia

  • Posted on: 29 January 2014
  • By: Buy the change

Shanan and I just returned from an absolutely life changing month traveling in Asia, meeting women artisans who create beautiful, handmade products for Buy The Change. We also spent time with many of the amazing, caring people who work for cooperatives and non-profits (NGOs) helping women get their products to us and to you. We had hoped to be blogging while we were on the road but unfortunately discovered we could not access our contact lists on the mobile devices we had with us. Many of you were following along via Facebook and Instagram.

That Satisfied Feeling of Knowing You Gave It Your All

  • Posted on: 20 December 2013
  • By: Buy the change

We just finished our annual, marathon “strategy” meeting. This is when we look over how we did in 2013 and decide what to continue or change for 2014. We look at where we got off track and where we shined, congratulate ourselves because we mostly shined, then create our plan to do better. One thing is for sure...

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday...

  • Posted on: 8 December 2013
  • By: Buy the change

It’s been a rough couple days at Buy The Change. The ups and downs of retail, the pressure of the kick-off of the holiday season, a full show schedule, web-site maintenance, web orders (and some days, lack of web orders), planning for our trip to Asia, planning for 2014, and wanting to finish the year strong, have created a whirlwind of emotion at our office. We try our best to support each other and remember the reason we started Buy The Change. It certainly had nothing to do with Google Analytics...