While they were in college, Angela Melfi, Kara Wiegand and Lindsay Murphy explored more than 50 counties together. As they navigated the developing world, they were deeply impacted by the poverty they witnessed, which led the trio to ask, “What more can we do?” At the same time, they were inspired by the ripple effect of women rising out of poverty to transform lives and communities. Their purpose became clear and in 2011 these fierce founders launched Threads Worldwide. They partner with artisan cooperatives and businesses in Kenya and Ecuador, creating dignified jobs for women in need. In the U.S., they work with Fair Trade Partners—women interested in launching their own social impact business—who host Artisan Showcase shopping experiences featuring jewelry and accessories handmade by artisans.
To learn more about Angela, Kara and Lindsay’s business, visit ThreadsWorldwide.com.
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