Gender equality must become a lived reality. ~Michelle Bachelet

Our mission at the Buy The Change is to encourage and support business building for women in the developing world.  We hope to inspire you to change the lives of women around the world by simply changing where and how you shop. As we’ve discussed before, here and here, fair trade is an essential part of the solution.

To support our aim, Buy The Change offers in-home Trunk Shows in which groups of compassionate people gather together to learn about the importance of fair trade. We have a brief discussion on the issues women and girls face in the developing world and how we create change by promoting and selling fairly-traded, women-made products. We set up a traveling boutique of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, fairly traded artisan products. Everything is on hand. There are no catalogues or orders, so customers can take their purchases home that day.

Below are pictures of a recent trunk show:

Our gracious hostess let us set up shop throughout several rooms in her home.

A gorgeous wrap and one of our favorite quotes.

Assortment of wallets/pouches/clutches and journals.

Always a crowd pleaser - our unique and beautiful jewelry.

Our bags, totes and purses  - often using recycled materials and hand sewn.

 

Some added benefits to hosting a trunk show:

  • Each host can choose a local nonprofit organization to sponsor.  Buy The Change will then make a donation following every show, based on sales.

  • Each host is eligible to purchase half-priced items at the show, based on guest sales.

  • Each host is also eligible for a booking bonus in which Buy The Change will send an additional $25 donation to the non-profit chosen, following any show booked at the host’s show.

 

As you can see, Trunk Shows are fun, informative and beneficial on multiple levels.

 

*Currently, our Trunk Shows are only available in the Detroit Metro area, but an expanded Advocate program is in development. Buy The Change products are available nationwide at www.buythechangeusa.org