Employing Women in Kenya
Trade beads which were historically used as currency in Kenya have been transformed into this colorful elastic bracelet and paired with golden glass beads.
So many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. We started Trades of Hope to give women that opportunity for a better life. Each woman has a story, and with Trades of Hope's help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!
We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have HIV/AIDS and leprosy. These women have never had the chances we've had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.
We are helping by marketing their products through the home party model, so they can put food on their table, a roof over their head, get medical care and an education for their children. We want to tell their stories to the world! We have a heart for ministry and business, and through this we have started separate successful non-profit organizations and businesses. Together, we have a combined 30 years of experience. This has given us the tools and drive we need to help women and make an impact on the world! As mothers and daughters, we also wanted to partner together to help create a beautiful world for the next generation. Check out our bios below to read our personal stories.
- Elisabeth, Gretchen, Holly, & Chelsie
Gretchen is a world traveler who co-founded an orphanage, school, and medical clinic in Haiti. Since then, she has had a passion to see people rise out of poverty through sustainable business. She loves going to new countries with her family and adores her labradoodle.
Holly is a pastor's wife who longed for more purpose in her own life and poured that vision into co-founding Trades of Hope. She is a church planter, home school mom, inspirational speaker, and a passionate follower of Christ.
Chelsie is a Jesus follower, creative writer, hobby photographer, and nature lover. She’s married to her 8th grade sweetheart, who she enjoys adventuring the world with through plane rides, indie music, and ministry.
Elisabeth is a creative designer, musician and artist who has been traveling the world since birth, including to developing countries. She gets excited about songwriting, pretty places and experiencing new cultures.