Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller
  • Posted on: 8 March 2019
  • By: Kari hughes

 

Truthfully, everyday is Women's Day here at Buy The Change.

Today is special because people everywhere are being reminded of the world changing impact of empowering women and educating girls.

 
I have some questions for you...

What lengths would you go to in order to make sure your children receive an education?

Would you spend nearly ALL the money you earn? What if this meant your family would have to survive without enough food or you could not move from housing that floods every year during the rainy season?

Would your children arrive at school on time if you had to hand wash uniforms every night, hang them out to dry, then press them with an iron heated with hot charcoal?



What if selling your handmade products to tourists meant accepting less then they are worth after walking for miles with your baby on your back and your toddler at your side 

Could you survive with 6 or more people living in a 12 x 12 foot room without electricity, plumbing or running water? 

These are just a few of the situations of the women who handcraft blankets, bags, home decor and jewelry for Buy The Change. 


The amazing level of resilience and commitment women around the world demonstrate every day of the year is beyond description.

We are helping them write new chapters.
From day one, we have been committed to focusing on hope and possibilities for the women artisans we partner with.

We felt that a focus on the dire conditions of their lives would be another form of exploitation.

BUT, truth is a powerful thing. It is almost impossible to describe the depth of poverty that affects the lives of these women every single day.

They live in areas of the world where there is no government assistance or social services, where exploitation and abuse are as everyday as waking up, where if they don't figure out how to feed their children, those children will not eat, and many do not make it to their first birthday.

Today feels like a perfect day to talk about this. I really want you to know the power of what you are doing when you buy our products.
What if... Women didn't have to chose between food and education...

What if... Traditional craft could stay alive because mothers work at home right next to their daughters who are learning the craft ...

What if... the trafficking of young girls could be eliminated because the horrific decisions extreme poverty creates could be eliminated...

What if... Women knew that Buy The Change would buy all the items they make, for a fair price...

What if... whole neighborhoods could change because women refer their friends and we purchase their products too...




 
These are our hopes and dreams! 

You are the reason it is possible!
This letter is to say thank you and ask you to do more...

Choose Buy The Change when you need gifts for weddings, Mother's Day, birthdays and just because...

Pick up a few things to have on hand for unexpected situations... 

Buy yourself that blanket or bag you have been eyeing...

You have my word that I will use every dollar you spend in the best way possible to make a difference in the lives of women around the globe.

If you can't shop now, there are other ways you can support our mission:

1. Follow us on Social Media  
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2. Like, Comment and Share our posts

3. Post photos of yourself using our products and tag us

4. Tell your friends about Buy The Change and our mission to empower women around the world.

5. Talk to your Church or Women's Club about hosting a Buy The Change pop up. If you aren't near us, we can ship products to you.

   
Thank you for being the special woman you are.

You too deserve to be honored on International Women's Day.