CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Jewelry, home decor and bags are changing the lives of people struggling throughout the world.
The company, called “Trades of Hope”, takes fair trade products made by women and men from countries throughout the world and sells them in the U.S. through the “home party” system.
The company benefits women throughout the world differently. Bracelets help AIDS patients in Uganda pay for their medical care; necklaces, bags and journals keeping women in India out of the sex trade and sweatshops; and lip balm helps Americans recovering from drug addiction.
Krystle Bowen is a local woman who sells the products. Recently, she went to Haiti to personally meet some of the artisans behind the products.
“These people, just really want an opportunity; they want a chance to build for themselves a sustainable income and they don’t really want handouts, they want an opportunity,” Bowen said.
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