A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… or in present time, right here in our own world… injustice seemed to have the upper hand in the lives of women all over the world- held in captivity, worked in sweatshops, and abused in just about every way imaginable. And all they wanted was a chance to live in health and to provide for their loved ones. Trades of Hope is a company that seeks to give these women just this chance at dignity, and I’m excited that I will now be part of their efforts as a Compassion Entrepreneur!
I consider myself to be an abolitionist and an activist for justice, and I have found that empowering women is a passion of mine (especially in the area of redemption from human trafficking). Women are by nature the nurturers in any society; therefore, it is said in many parts of Africa, “If you educate a man, you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.”
Please understand that I am not bashing men. I’m just sharing the shocking knowledge I have learned…the knowledge that made me realize one of my heart’s deepest passions. Two interesting facts I found while reading The Hole in Our Gospel, written by Richard Stearns, President of World Vision:
*Women own less than 1% of the world’s property
*Women work 2/3 of all the world’s labor hours, but earn only 10% of the world’s wages
Stearns believes, “the single most significant thing that can be done to cure extreme poverty is this: protect, educate, and nurture girls and women and provide them with equal rights and opportunities- educationally, economically, and socially.” I agree.
What I really love about Trades of Hope is that it is not a provider of charity, but it gives women the ability to work in fair conditions and for fair wages in order to support themselves, their children, and their communities.
I once sold Mary Kay, but not successfully. I lacked a passion for it. Sure, I enjoyed the products, but cosmetics are cosmetics. There was no deeper cause. Now I have a deeper sense of purpose because I am not just raising money for myself, but I’m helping women around the world live a better quality of life… and for the first few months I will be using whatever I earn towards my Guatemala mission trip this summer!
I am so excited to see where this leads and I hope it opens more doors where I am able to minister towards and in defense of women needing justice.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.”
If you are interested in ensuring justice for those being crushed, please support me in my endeavors with this blessing of a company, Trades of Hope.