This past weekend, we traveled to Costa Rica to visit coffee farms and meet with potential ministry partners. What an amazing and beautiful country – one that we are excited to continue investing in and hope to have one of their delicious coffees soon!
We spent most of a day touring the work of Students International (SI – Costa Rica). They have a variety of projects – from parenting classes, to micro finance, to sports camps – all aimed at investing in, mentoring, and bettering their clients’ lives. One of the aspects that was most exciting for us was their Woodshop, which teaches young men woodworking skills and, in particular, how to make the traditional Costa Rican coffee pour over. We talked a lot about how to support this work, including buying products to support the artisans.
This was definitely one of my biggest a-ha moments of the trip. So many of the products and lines we carry talk about supporting artisans. And, I’ll be honest, I never fully understood all that entails.
It’s not just about giving artisans fair wages for their work – although that is important. It’s giving them jobs with dignity. It’s teaching them about the right and legal way to run a business in that country. It’s strengthening work ethics. It’s showing how to save and invest wisely. It’s education. It’s mentoring. It’s building relationships. It’s support for their families. It’s hope for their future.
And most of all – it isn’t really charity and it isn’t building dependency. Instead, it’s a sustainable investment with long-term and transformative returns for the artisans, their families, and their communities.
This week we also hosted a trunk show for Noonday Collection jewelry and accessories, which is one of the first companies I ever connected with that directly supports artisans (with the added bonus of also helping families adopt). We had so many join us for the trunk show – thank you for your support! If you weren’t able to make it, you can also shop online through Friday.
(Here were the two most popular items at the trunk show: the Droplet Necklace and the Mod Marble Studs. Other of my favs – the Festival Bracelet makes a great gift, the Modern Leather Tote and La Bella Bag have me making all the heart eyes, and the Azure Wrap Bracelet is on my wishlist.)
We are so close to hitting our goal and would love your help. For every $20 you spend, you’ll earn an entry into our Purpose Coffee + Noonday Giveaway (entry period ends on Friday)! Plus, your purchase helps artisans, families, and communities world wide.
Contact us or local rep Kristen Brown to place an order, or shop online here: https://www.noondaycollection.com/pws/KristenBrown/eventstore37656/AMUS/default.aspx