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Hope For Women is heading to New Orleans to join hundreds of salons at Serious Business this weekend

20 Jan

This weekend you can find our Hope For Women founder, Evan Goldsmith, at Serious Business in New Orleans – a premiere event for salons and hair professionals.  We are currently working with hundreds of Aveda salons, and we will be showcasing some of our new salon-specific products, including our new, amazing Fair Trade, eco-friendly ReStyle™ Salon Pro Stylist Bag made using recycled tire tubes!

            Scott Buchanan, a globally recognized hair professional from Scott J. Aveda salonspas loves his Stylist Bags and had this to say, “This is a perfect bag for salon professionals – it is durable, holds everything I need and looks fantastic

ReStyle™ Salon Pro Stylist Bag

too. And it feels great knowing that each ReStyle™  Salon Pro Stylist Bag is handcrafted using recycled tire tubes by women artisans in Bogota, Colombia.  I love it!”  This bag has been developed directly with salon professionals to safely and stylishly transport their tools – AND WE ARE GIVING ONE STYLIST BAG AWAY FOR FREE AT SERIOUS BUSINESS! If you are headed to Serious Business this weekend make sure you come to our table to say “hi” and drop off your business card so you can be entered to win a Salon Pro Stylist Bag.

ReStyle bracelet

We aren’t just doing one giveaway though! If you are at Serious Business and want to win one of our cool ReStyle bracelets all you need to do is tag us in your Facebook status or tweet at us @HopeForWomen. The 10th, 30th, and 50thperson to tag Hope For Women or tweet at us will win a ReStyle Bracelet. The winners will be contacted Sunday night so they can pick up their new Restyle Bracelet Monday the 23rd at the Hope For Women table. 

            At Serious Business we will also have our great Salon Pro Cosmetic Bags and our Salon Pro Travel/Dopp kit. These cosmetic bags are for men or women, and they are made from recycled tire tubes with several different color accents to match anyone’s style. Come by and tell Evan what you think of them! 

Tagua hair accessories

              Our brand new Tagua hair accessories are in and are sure to be a crowd pleaser in New Orleansthis weekend. Dress up your naked pony tail with four different styles of tagua hair accessories – each style comes in six different colors to ensure you have a hair accessory for every outfit. These are handmade by women artisans in Bogota using sustainably harvested tagua from Colombia’s rainforests. Each tagua nut is made individually so you know you’re getting a one of a kind piece. You can find out more information by visiting our table at the Serious Business event or by clicking the Salons tab on our webpage.

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Dillard’s Salons & Spas – Thank You!

27 Oct

We are thrilled to announce that 33 Dillard’s Salons & Spas have chosen to carry Hope For Women Fair Trade, eco-friendly products. Each location will be retailing a selection of our tagua bracelets and Portraits of El Salvador greeting cards

We have been very impressed with Dillard’s support for Hope For Women and by their commitment towards educating their staff on the story behind our products. Dillard’s went out of their way to work with us to incorporate tagua videos into their internal Dillard’s Salon & Spa staff education program so that all of their  staff would be able to share with salon guests the details about tagua and the women who create the products.

Hope For Women’s President, Evan Goldsmith, recently met two women who work for Dillard’s at AVEDA Congress and said, “I was blown away by the commitment that these women have for making a difference in people’s lives – whether by helping a woman start her own salon business in Iraq to providing free beauty services for women in impoverished communities in Ohio. Their passion for supporting women is shared by everyone I have been working with at Dillard’s Salons & Spas, and shows why they are such a great new partner for us.”

So consider getting your next beauty treatment or relaxing massage at a Dillard’s Salon & Spa – not only will you look and feel great but you also have the opportunity to support another company that chooses to feature Fair Trade, eco-friendly products. Find a Dillard’s Salon & Spa near you.

Artisans and Independence: The Last of Three Stories from Colombia

19 Jul

Colombian Independence Day Festival in 2006, via New York Daily News

It has been weeks since we waded through happy masses at the Burlington Waterfront Park to enjoy an evening of pyrotechnic excitement and those familiar firework cracks, bangs and whistles. Our mosquito bites have faded and we’ve put away our semi-ironic American flag trousers for another year. But maybe we should start searching for accessories in yellow, blue and red, because Colombia’s Independence Day celebration starts tomorrow!

If you have been keeping up with our blog in the past two weeks, you know that we’ve been thinking a lot about independence–what it means for a country, for an individual, and for artisans at Hope For Women’s Colombian partner, Sapia. As part of this meditation on independence, we are profiling three of our artisans in Bogota: Rosa, Ofelia, and (today) Claudia. It has always been a goal for Hope For Women to humanize international business so that consumerism does not overpower social or environmental ethics. So, here is one final story of an individual artisan who works to produce the beautiful and conscientious products that Hope For Women is so proud to offer to you.

Claudia Esperanza Zambrano is the mother of four children: Jennyfer Andrea (19 years old), Jonathan Andres (18 years old), Yuri Solanyi (16 years old), and Brayan Leonardo (15 years old). She and her husband work hard to provide for their family, and through Claudia’s work with Sapia and Hope For Women, she is able to achieve job security that has significantly bettered her children’s lives.

In Caludia’s words, independence is “the freedom for each person to manage their own space, time and money.” Her ability to provide for the people she loves means true independence. With this freedom, Claudia says that she is able to “improve the quality of life of my kids and the family economy.” Furthermore, she states, “Making fair trade products also allows me to help other people that work with me to achieve their own independence.”

Here, Claudia is working with Tagua, a sustainable material used to make jewelry.

Tomorrow, on July 20th, Claudia will celebrate independence by embracing family. With national pride, she will enjoy the company of her children at home.

Here at Hope For Women, we would like to thank you so much for following our Independence Series. We recognize that  choices made in America do not exclusively affect Americans, and that it is our responsibility to understand where our products are coming from, and the impact they have on our world. Independence, after all, is anything but passive or singular. By supporting Hope For Women and the Fair Trade movement, you are offering economic independence to thousands around the globe just like Rosa, Ofelia, and Claudia.

Artisans and Independence: The Second of Three Stories from Colombia

12 Jul

Today marks Week Two in Hope For Women’s focus on Independence (check out this blog post for more information on our Independence Spotlight). With both American and Colombian Independence celebrations squeezed into the month of July, our minds are focused on the female artisans working in Bogotá, Colombia to create the quality Fair Trade products that Hope For Women is known for. Many of these artisans have gained  powerful senses of independence as a result of fair practices and their relationship with Hope For Women. We see Fair Trade as an opportunity to add humanity, global awareness, and respect to the giant realm of international business, because at the end of the day, Fair Trade is about individual people: their relationships, needs, desires and dreams. With that in mind, we would like to introduce you to Maria Ofelia Cárdenas.

Ofelia is a single mother of two daughters, Diana Marcel and Stefania Campo (age 17 and 11, respectively). Like her coworker, Rosa, Ofelia views independence as access to personal freedom. For a citizen in Colombia, national independence, she believes, demands that each citizen has the ability “to choose the way of life that they want to live.”

Ofelia assembles Eco-Friendly packaging for a Fair Trade product

Having financial stability as an employee of Sapia, Hope For Women’s Colombian partner, truly allowed Ofelia to access her definition of independence. Ofelia says,  “One of my biggest achievements from my work as an artisan has been to buy my own house.” In this way, Ofelia is literally able to live her life the way she wants to, in a home of her choosing, with a liveable wage and safe work environment.

On July 20th, Ofelia will be working at Sapia with the rest of her artisan community. In celebration of her Nation’s Independence, Ofelia says that she will “go to work with encouragement, showing all of my people that we are working people and proud of our country.

Check back next Tuesday for the last artisan story in our series of three. Then join us in celebrating Colombia’s Independence on Wednesday, July 20th. You can keep up to date on what we’re doing and how we’ll be celebrating by following our facebook page!

Artisans and Independence: The First of Three Stories from Colombia

5 Jul

It is July 5th, and the booms and crackles of fireworks are finally fading in Vermont as the national Independence Day celebrations come to a close for this year. However, commemorating Independence need not be a practice confined by 24 hours, quickly spent and forgotten.

As we pointed out last week, independence is certainly not unique to Americans. With that in mind, we would like to introduce you to Rosa, an artisan in Colombia who has been producing creative, beautiful goods for longer than Hope For Women has existed! Rosa’s story is the first in a series of three (taking place over the next two weeks) in preparation for Colombia’s Independence Day on July 20th. Keep checking back on Tuesdays to hear more artisan experiences of independence.

Rosa is a single mother with two sons, Andres Mauricio (23 years old) and Cristian Camilo (21 years old). Although her family is expanding (both of her sons have children), Rosa spoke to us about the ways in which working with Hope For Women has allowed her to experience independence within her growing community.

When we asked Rosa what independence means, she replied simply, “freedom and happiness.” Her words are strong and true. She further explained that a person who is independent has “freedom of opinion and action.” As a Fair Trade artisan, Rosa was able to harness a freedom and an independence that allowed for her to pay for the education of her sons and grow through the ranks of Sapia, our partner company in Bogotá. She has gathered raw materials, trained as a skilled artisan, and worked on the managerial side of the company, doing computer work related to exportation and documentation. These were steps that directly improved her life and the lives of those around her.

On July 20th, Colombian Independence Day, Rosa will be celebrating her country, and also her family. As she says, “Colombian Independence day is my son’s birthday and we are going to celebrate together with the entire family.”