Our friendship began in college with a road trip across the U.S. Since then, we’ve traveled to over 50 countries together!
As we explored the developing world, we were struck by the poverty we witnessed. We remember a little girl in Cambodia begging for grape soda as she walked through an open sewer. We remember children in Vietnam who frantically adorned us with bracelets, then smiled sweetly to request payment. We remember countless families living on highway medians in India.
Each trip sparked the question, “what more can we do?” As we thought about this question, we were struck by another phenomenon: the ripple effect of women rising out of poverty. Time and time again, we saw how empowering women transforms communities. When women earn an income and discover their voice, they educate their children, improve their homes, and advocate for their rights. The result? The entire community thrives.
Since we founded Threads in 2011, we’ve partnered with artisans around the world to create a growing market for their handmade goods. By partnering with artisan cooperatives and businesses, we create dignified jobs for women who need them. Through the fair trade of artisan jewelry, women from Uganda to Ecuador have watched their dreams become a reality: dreams of sending their children to school, accessing healthcare, and making their homes safer.
In the United States, we invite women to launch their own social impact business as Fair Trade Partners. Together with Ambassadors who open their homes to host Showcases, these women create a space global shopping experience. They share stories of our Artisan Partners as they educate people on the life-changing power of fair trade commerce.
We’re celebrating our growing community! We are committed to making a difference in the world and we know you are, too. To join us, you can shop with heart, gather your community for an Artisan Showcase, or join the amazing women who are Fair Trade Partners.
We are so grateful for your part in this movement. Together we are changing the lives of women across the world!
Kara, Angela, Lindsay