The Value of Artisan Craftsmanship in India

I still remember the first time I ever traveled to India back in 2000. I landed in Karnataka at night, still pretty unsure if I had made the right choice wanting to spend a full month running around southern Asia in the middle of the summer. Continue reading “The Value of Artisan Craftsmanship in India”

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Jet Setting: 5 Reasons Buyers Take Production Trips

Spring is one of my favorite seasons: So much change and renewal providing an optimistic look at the rest of the year. As a production manger or buyer for the western market, Spring also means preparing to visit vendors across the world to check in on relationships, evaluate production, and, for the fair traders, learn and gather impact stories. This is true for myself as I plan to visit South Asia.

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Building Community

I am currently sitting outside of my hotel room at the entrancing Jasvilas hotel in Jaipur, getting ready for another day of meeting men and women who are are changing the world in a big way.

I am currently sitting outside of my hotel room at the entrancing Jasvilas hotel in Jaipur, getting ready for another day of meeting men and women who are are changing the world in a big way.

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From Dreamer to Action

Who would have thought that a simple plan that I made in 2nd grade would actually shape the trajectory of my life for the next 20+ years!?!

Who would have thought that a simple plan that I made in 2nd grade would actually shape the trajectory of my life for the next 20+ years!?! I remember looking at a kids world atlas in Ms. Brown’s class fascinated by all the colorful landscapes food and people. This atlas was particularly interesting as it also had some information about culture. The world seemed to be a truly a magical place.

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