Angela Yost, Lindsay Herron and Kara Wiegand are three very good friends who love to travel, but the heart wrenching poverty they witnessed while traveling throughout Cambodia, Vietnam and India left them asking, “How can we help?” As they looked for the answer they came across research indicating that women invest up to 90% of their income into their families for healthcare, food and education while men invest a much lower percentage. Their answer came to them in the form of Threads Worldwide. Threads provides life-changing work for women around the world through the fair trade of artisan jewelry.
They decided that direct sales (or house parties) was the best way to get in front of people to share their vision for empowering women. With every house party they share stories about women all over the world who are living a better life and working under better conditions because of the money they’ve earned creating jewelry, handbags and accessories. Case in point, on their last visit to Guatemala the top producer was awarded a water filter for her home, and the women as a group earned enough to purchase solar lights so they could see and be with their families at night.
Angela says the biggest challenge facing Threads today is, “Getting the word out there about what we’re trying to do in a way that has others asking themselves, ‘How can I be a part of this?'”
Rachel Vigil, a Threads Sales Consultant, invited me to a Threads Party that one of her friends was hosting (where I bought a gorgeous necklace see below). They made me feel very welcome and the other guests seemed to be having just as much fun shopping as I was.
Rachel took a few moments to tell us about the artisans, about how they work with the materials they can find. One necklace was made of melted down gun casings and others are made from acai and tagua seeds. Paid by fair trade principals, the artisans are paid 50% of the items worth to purchase the raw materials and then paid the other 50% when the items are shipped. I was surprised to learn that no one attending the party had heard of Fair Trade but by the party’s end everyone was informed, engaged and had a great time. A good cause, a fun party and shopping for beautiful handmade jewelry, this party had it all:)
Check out my new necklace:) This can be yours too!