Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting an exceptional woman, Inga Swope, who started a nonprofit called 3seams. She had a booth at a small art fair—and so did I—well, half a booth at my first ever art fair (I make stuff out of rocks as a hobby)!*
Inga had all kinds of things—shawls, shorts, scarfs, jewelry—made by people in Cambodia and Nepal and Haiti, usually young women, who are trapped in poverty and can sometimes fall victim to human trafficking. I asked her about her organization and she spoke for about 5 minutes non-stop without taking a breath, I swear—she was so passionate about all the things they’re doing to help lift people out of poverty.
She started 3seams to create jobs in the developing world so people don’t have to leave their families to find work and money to survive. In Cambodia, for example, families in villages often separate in order to make enough money to send back—that includes children. So her organization goes in and sets up a shop for people to work in so that they can stay safe in their communities and make money right there. 3seams provides training and the market back in the U.S. for what the people make. The money all goes toward their education and basic needs. So if you buy stuff from them, or donate directly, your money is keeping families together and out of human trafficking. That’s way better than the mall. I didn't find anything for me--but I did donate, and I'll be back for Christmas gifts later.
*In some ways I like to think my rock business is also a nonprofit in that I’m not making any money☺