Trades of Hope // Sponsor Spotlight

Today’s post is written by Holy Hen House sponsor Kari Seibel – a compassionate entrepreneur of Trades of Hope.  Have you heard of Trades of Hope? Trades of Hope was founded in 2010 by four incredible women, a pair of mother/daughter duos, who believe that all women should be empowered and have a chance to create a better life for themselves and their families regardless of their circumstances. By creating jobs and sustainable, income-generating businesses, by selling their handmade, fair trade accessories and home decor items here in the US, our artisans are able break the cycle of poverty, feed and take care of their families, and send their children to school. This is not a charity—this is an opportunity to help someone earn a living and also earn dignity and respect in their community!

So many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. Trades of Hope began to give women that opportunity for a better life. Each woman has a story, and with Trades of Hope's help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of HOPE!

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We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have AIDS. These women have never had the chances we've had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.

I was first introduced to Trades of Hope back in 2012 and I immediately fell in love with the company's heart, soul and mission of empowering women out of poverty. But a direct sales company? Home parties? No, thank you. I had spent YEARS avoiding anything to do with direct sales and home parties.

So I attempted to put Trades of Hope out of my mind because I am just not a home party kind of gal thank you very much. However, it was very hard to stop thinking of Trades of Hope. It lingered in the back of my mind for a long time. Fast forward to the summer of 2013 I took the plunge. With a little extra birthday money I bought my kit and signed on as a Compassionate Entrepreneur but I told myself I still was not going to do home parties. No way. No how. I figured I could buy pretty accessories for myself and to give as gifts and if anyone else wanted to order something - great.

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Did you know there are a half million kiddos in the orphanages of Haiti? Not because they no longer have living relatives but because their parents an longer afford to feed them. I didn't know, realize or understand the tough choices other mama's make on a daily basis. Tough and unimaginable choices. Joining Trades of Hope was an eye opening experience for me and now that I knew I could not turn a blind eye to these women and the choices they were facing. But home parties? My heart seemed to faint with the thought.

At the same time, my youngest had just turned one and was going through a crazy growth spurt. One of those growth spurts where he was shoveling food in his mouth with both hands - all day long. One day I just looked at him eating for the 10th time that day and thought I am so blessed to be able to let him eat until he is full. It would break my heart to not be able to feed my kiddos. I sat at the table and cried. That was when I decided I was all in with Trades of Hope. I have young kiddos so I couldn't just sell everything to move to 3rd world country. Plus I think my husband would have had something to say about it too, but with Trades of Hope I can do my little bit from my own little corner to help change the world for mamas and other women facing tough choices because of poverty.

In addition to helping mamas keep, feed and educate their babies, I have grown so much personally on this crazy, beautiful journey with Trades of Hope. It has grown me in ways I never imagined. God's ways are certainly not my ways. I even do home parties now. Regularly. I finally GET IT! Direct sales companies are about having a job you love being a part of and helping your own family out financially. Trades of Hope is an amazing company that is helping women get out of poverty by providing them with sustainable jobs so they can create a better future for their own families. Together we are making an impact on the world around us.

So hopefully you are thinking, “Wow. This is a great organization! What can I do now?!”

Well, there are 3 ways you can be a part of Trades of Hope:

1. Host a party! Hosting a party is wonderful way to take it to the next level and really impact a greater number of lives. Hosting can be traditional home parties, a catalog party at work, an online event on Facebook, a happy hour/coffee shop gathering or even a playdate. The hostess rewards are great—lots of free and half price products for hostesses. I would love to partner with you to bring Trades of Hope to your friends.

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2. JOIN. I continue to be blown away by the blessings that I continue to see in representing Trades of Hope. I am able to set my own schedule and stay home with my kiddos. Email me for more details at klseibel@gmail.com about how you can join this life changing journey.

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3. The easiest and most immediate thing you can do is SHOP. Just use this link www.mytradesofhope.com/kariseibel. Hopefully you have seen that Trades of Hope products are not only lovely, unique and affordable, but the soul and spirit behind them is what makes them truly beautiful. I’m sure you can find a gift to buy, for a friend, loved one or yourself.

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Trades of Hope Scarf Giveaway and Interview

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"Today we are privileged to share a wonderful organization, Trades of Hope, and one of their consultants with you.

Jocelyn, welcome! Please introduce yourself to our readers."

Hi everyone! My name is Jocelyn and I am a Jesus lover that grew up in St Paul.  My single mom raised me and God saved her(us) from a life of addiction and hopelessness. I saw and felt the difference that He made in her life and knew I wanted what she had!

We took several mission trips and that is when God started to align my heart with His as in James 1:27 and I ended up spending two summers at orphanage in Latin America. A few years later I ended up meeting my husband, Tim and we served for several years on staff at an inner.city, billingual church as the worship pastors. Two years ago we started helping out the ministry team of a new church plant in White Bear Lake. We made the decision that I would stay at home with our 3 beautiful children ages 5, 3 and 14 mos.

I live a creative, hope.filled, often.crazy, being.love life and am so grateful!"

 

 

Here is the TOH story...

So many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. We started Trades of Hope to give women that opportunity for a better life. Each woman has a story, and with Trades of Hope's help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of HOPE!

2191701_origWe work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have AIDS. These women have never had the chances we've had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.

We are helping by marketing their products through the home party model, so they can put food on their table, a roof over their head, get medical care and an education for their children. We want to tell their stories to the world! We have a heart for ministry and business, and through this we have started separate successful non-profit organizations and businesses. Together, we have a combined 30 years of experience. This has given us the tools and drive we need to help women and make an impact on the world! 

This week I will be gifting one Shades of the World scarf below to one of you! This beautiful scarf was made by a young women who is being empowered to be self-reliant. In India, so many girls get trapped into the sex trade because they are taught they have no value. Fair Trade is helping to change that conservative mindset. A purchase of these scarves brings hope to their villages. The scarves are handmade in India and sell for $ 32.00. Enter to win one below!

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"Where can you provide hosting for a Trades of Hope party?"

I am located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota but would be up for traveling.  My husband is from Wisconsin and we go there often so I could try to work some parties there. I can also have people host online parties.

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"How did you get involved with Trades of Hope?"

To tell you the truth I hated the concept of at home parties.  I dreaded the invites.  I hated the feeling that the only reason this person is talking to me is to convince me that their product is so much better than its cheaper Target counterpart and then guilt me into buying it.  I was invited to attend a Trades of Hope at home party from my dear friend Jess and I was not quick enough coming up with reasons why I would "unfortunately not be able to make it". The night came and as my husband kissed me  he lovingly said "Don't spend any money, ok?"  Being a single income family of five those words were not a big shock to hear and I was completely following his vibe.I went and then watched a simple video and heard stories of the estimated 29 million slaves in the world.  When the statistics of human trafficking in the US and abroad, the stories of the Cambodian acid attacks, or the Haitian families struggling to survive giving their kids to orphanages in hopes of survival, tears started flowing.  How could I as a lover of Jesus hear and not respond to these stories?  The women found by Trades of Hope weren't looking for charity, they were looking for an opportunity to provide for their families.  They had found a sense of worth and value making these beautiful handmade items out of what resources they could find. I texted my husband and ended up buying one thing, even though at that moment I could have made quite a dent in our credit cards!

I came home from the party and just started bawling telling my husband about my very educational and yet very emotional night.  Every time I wore those earrings God opened conversations (with complete strangers mostly) who in two minutes knew more about human trafficking than they bargained for.  I ended up hosting a party and that was it for me.  I found a way to make a difference in the lives of women around the world.  I, as a lover of Jesus, am now helping women out of prostitution, feeding the hungry, bringing health to people in leper colonies, reuniting families with their children, bringing hope to the hopeless.  In the midst of this I was reading a book by Linda Dillow and one chapter challenged me to ask God for a passage of scripture that describes God's calling on my life.  I prayed and felt God leading me to look up Psalm 72:12-14,

"For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight."

Instantly in those words I knew that I hadn't just stumbled upon a great company with an amazing heart and mission that offers gorgeous handmade treasures, I found part of God's purpose for my life.

"Thank you Jocelyn for sharing your story and the mission of Trades of Hope. It is an inspiration and I hope that we have more parties just as you described. Dear Lord, give us your compassion!"

The winner of the Shades of the World scarf will be announced this Friday.

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