Her name was written across a card that came in the package of the new bag I was just gifted for Christmas. 

Karima is a woman in Rebecca’s town of Detroit, MI.  Rebecca leveraged her hobby and made a way to impact others’ lives in her city of Detroit, and I want to scream at the top of my lungs at the sweetness of this connection.  Her  mission is to “hire women who have various barriers to employment to make our custom leather and fabric bags.  They are adopted into our Better Life family and given a chance to succeed in life, family, and friendship”.

One of the things I am most passionate about is ensuring kids have safe families.  One of the ways that I learned that is possible is by simply creating jobs for parents.  When our family lived in Kenya, we quickly realized that orphanages and children’s homes create a bandaid for a larger, emerging problem when there is not supports and services addressing the root issue of why it became unsafe for kids to live at home.

The impact on the economic demand is as easy as us paying attention to where our belongings come from.  Fair trade is fair wage to a parent who is working hard to provide for their family.  Better Life Bags is just one organization that works with women, like Karima, to provide an opportunity to a family that would struggle without it.

These ‘campfire conversations’ that you and I can be a part of will begin a ripple effect if we choose to bring awareness to our circle of friends and family. One conversation at a time.

Check out all that Better Life Bags has to offer and I’m really excited to share more about what other organizations are doing to impact families, like this one!

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