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  • Posted on: 3 May 2016
  • By: Kari hughes

On Wednesday, I was surprised and honored to be named the Philanthropist of the year by women's philanthropy group, GROW Monroe. They invited Buy The Change to host a vendor table at the awards event, which was exciting in itself. I always jump at the chance to spread the word about changing the world one blanket, bag and piece of jewelry at a time.
You can imagine my shock when my name was called as the winner of the award. It turns out a few people around here knew about it but did a great job of keeping me in the dark.
My main mission is, and always will be, to empower women artisans by serving as a link to socially conscious customers here in the U.S.. Helping women leave poverty behind through the sale of their handmade items.
But... it also feels great for people to notice how much hard work is involved in that process.
Thanks and a giant hug to all of the members of GROW Monroe.
On Friday evening I spoke at the Midwestern Region Conference for Soroptimist International in Ann Arbor, MI.  Soroptimist is an international women's organization focused on changing the lives of women and girls around the world.
I've been a member of Soroptimist for the last 10 years and love the what they do.
It is very inspiring to spend the week-end in the company of like minded world changers who are really making a difference.
Thanks and a giant hug to the conference planners and the members of Soroptimist around the world.
Last but not least, our shipment of Kantha Scarves and Napkins finally arrived from India after several delays.
Some gorgeous ones are photographed and listed on the website so go take a look.
Some weeks are great and some are a challenge, I'll take them all but definitely prefer the great ones.
Hopefully your week was great too.