Finally, I am getting around to this!
As we have been sorting through strong conviction that we (Jon and I) need to be doing more on behalf of the orphan, widow and stranger, God has brought to mind some interesting ideas. I lay in bed one night, heavy heart and asking “what should we do?”.
I wish I was crafty, because I could blow you away with my cute crocheted hat, artwork or hair accessories and all proceeds could go to help the oppressed. But I am not super-crafty. You wouldn’t want to buy it.
I can make guacamole…and salsa…from there, the ideas flowed. I have been researching local farmer’s markets and fair trade items since then and want to start selling these products at farmer’s markets in the Summer, but I can’t wait to get started! So, for the kick-off the first of many products (we hope)
While in Ethiopia, I was taken with the beauty of the scarves. Scarves are everywhere, on everyone, men, women and children. They can be worn on your head, around your shoulders, around your waist, carry a baby, make a headband, be a table runner or keep you warm.
(Me trying to rock the scarf and cover my greasy head while in Ethiopia).
While there, we visited a micro-enterprise that made scarves. The women were previously fuel carriers and had to climb the mountains, bringing down heavy loads, literally back-breaking work, to survive.
We met the women who now sit at looms all day, making scarves to provide for their families.
Here is the part where we come in. Friends just returned from Ethiopia and brought me two suitcases full of scarves! Yeah, it’s a lot of scarves! And they are gorgeous. We have traditional to contemporary looking scarves.
They are for sale, $10 a piece, with all the proceeds going to AIDS Orphan in Ethiopia/Sexually exploited women in Ethiopia. Talk about a gift with a cause.
(Not the exact scarves I have, just a fun picture of them)
Interested in purchasing one or ten (for everyone on your list)? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But, you might not have to buy one because we are giving scarves away!
For every 10 comments on this post, we will give away one scarf. Even if you don’t want one, comment, because you up the giveaway. :)
-Each comment before 11-22-10 is an entry to win
-If you facebook or blog about these authentic, Ethiopian scarves for sale, you are entered to win, twice!
-One comment per person
I don’t really have any other avenues of advertising, so if you could spread the word, that would be great!