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In this uplifting dialogue Valentine is sharing how her organization is offering women who are living in poverty stricken communities a way to earn a livable wage that supports themselves and their families. By partnering and building alliances with artisans around the world, women are rewriting their futures through jewelry making and fabric art. Valentine was the mother of a two-year old daughter when her second daughter Bryn was born prematurely, no bigger than a dollar bill at birth and weighing under 2 pounds. She says, “We were very, very lucky to have resources and the best doctors in the world.” She describes how her Aunt Jane did a long-distance healing that tapped into a field of non-verbal communication with the baby in which she received instructions she conveyed to Valentine that made baby Bryn stronger and stronger. When she finally brought four-pound, baby Bryn home, Valentine’s dearest friend Angela Melfi brought up an idea to start a business to help import products made by women and sell them through a direct sales channel creating global connections for woman artisans in developing countries as equal partners. Even though Valentine was beyond busy with this new baby she said yes to this idea and here she describes what unfolds. This work she says, “Really boils down to the family values and staying in integrity around who I want to be in the world. I believe that if we all work together, we could end systemic global suffering in our lifetime. That’s what I’m committed to and being a part of this community [gives me the] support I need to be able to continue on this journey.” Threads Worldwide offers a way for many mutually beneficial partnerships to blossom and share in the wealth. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Kara Valentine is a co-founder and COO of Threads Worldwide. Through collaboration with thousands of Artisans and Fair Trade Partners around the world, Threads Worldwide is dedicated to building a growing market for handmade goods. Partnering with artisan cooperatives and businesses it seeks to create dignified jobs for women through the fair trade of artisan jewelry made by women from Uganda to Ecuador. Many of these artisans have watched their dreams become a reality: dreams of sending their children to school, accessing healthcare, and making their homes safer.
To learn more about the work of Kara Valentine go to www.threadsworldwide.com.
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 9/27/2019 Program Number: 3693
From Album: Planet Passion Artist: Ancient Future
Opening Essay: Track 12 - Socha Socha, Part 2Music Break 1: Track 08 - AlapMusic Break 2: Track 10 - Ne Po Pogrebu Bochonochek Music Break 3: Track 11 - Socha Socha, Part 1
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