MAUREEN, CLOTHED IN HOPE.

We are so honored to introduce you to a maker named Maureen today.

She works with an organization called Clothed in Hope, in Lusaka, Zambia. Their goal is to provide for vulnerable women through a skills-training program. They have partnered with Fair Trade Friday, a ministry of Mercy House Kenya, to bring hope and empowerment to women around the world.

Maureen, the woman pictured, is the brains behind much of Fair Trade Friday's jewelry line, specifically the earring designs shipped out to women as part of the Earring of the Month Club. Maureen graduated the Clothed in Hope life-skills training program in September 2014 after completing a 12-month sewing and business curriculum, all while her daughter, Regina, played happily on her back. Maureen, in her own beautiful way, shows us how to #waketomake and is teaching her children that work is good, and that no obstacle is big enough to keep her from pursuing her dreams for her family.

The first time I told the women at Clothed in Hope about our big order for coin purses to reach the homes of over 500 women across America, over 60 women cheered, screamed, danced, rejoiced. Because to them it’s not just some extra money in their pockets to feed their kids or pay school fees. It’s empowerment, it’s someone who says “I believe in you. I am with you.” It gives the message to these ladies, overlooked and oppressed by society, that they are worthy.
— Kristen Welch, Founder of Mercy House Kenya + Fair Trade Friday

Because, as Maureen shows us, the truth is that no matter what you make, you have something beautiful to offer the world. A skill and a story that can inspire people, even people thousands of miles away.

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Fair Trade Friday has a one-time box or a monthly club subscription, with the option of an additional Earring of the Month Club subscription.

Change the world, look good doing it.

Each product made for Fair Trade Friday boxes, from coin purses to earrings, is a way for women to rejoice in their story of hope and redemption.

Want to join in on supporting women like Maureen all over the world?

Fair Trade Friday exists as an avenue for women to empower women.  They are tackling poverty through job opportunity and empowerment rather than simply enabling. 100% of the proceeds support the artisans, more than 500 women and their children from all over the world. Fair Trade Friday is a ministry of Mercy House Kenya, a non-profit organization who is working on the grounds in Kenya, supporting the outcast, the hungry, and the lost women of the area. To read more about the good they're doing, click here.