Recently I have been thinking a lot about the women we work with around the world.
During my conversation with Romy on the Bonfires of Social Enterprise Podcast a few weeks ago, I was explaining our process of partnering with women who are creating beautiful products using a variety of skills. They have learned these skills from their mothers and grandmothers, or from other women in a cooperative, or through a program working with a non-profit or NGO.
My point was that we don't teach them how to make the wonderful items they create, we help them find a market for them.
Romy's response was "there is always talk about teaching people how to fish, so they can be self sufficient, but these women know how to fish very well."
This is the heart of what we do at Buy The Change.
Often with the help of non-profit organizations on the ground in each country, we work to serve as a link between talented women artisans and the stylish, socially minded customers who want to buy and use their products.
It doesn't matter how well they know how to do what they do, if they can't turn those skills into income it doesn't change anything. Children can't eat jewelry, bags and blankets. Mothers can't pay rent or school tuition with them either.
The income they can earn when they have a customer base and ongoing sales changes everything. Buy The Change is that customer.
Our artisan partners are always paid first and up-front for the products they create. When you see an item in our online store or at a show, the woman who made it has already been paid in full. With the help of her cooperative or sponsoring NGO she has set a price for her products and that is what we pay.
When you shop with us. we use the profits to purchase more items from more women around the world.
Your purchases put life changing income directly into the hands of women and children who need it the very most.
Together we are changing lives!