I started my business in 2017! I was a fresh-out-of-Bible-college student who had a passion for missions, but wasn’t able to go onto the international mission field just yet. I had learned about the importance of sustainable business instead of Charity in my college classes, and I was ready to change the world! The only problem, I didn’t have a lot of funds, and I wasn’t able to move across the world (not yet anyway!)
God dropped my Fair Trade, Ethical Fashion business right into my lap at the perfect time! I truly believe He had been preparing me for the moment I heard I could start my own business that would create sustainable jobs around the world WITHOUT having to leave the country or even spend tons money! I grabbed my kit full of fair trade goods for $99, and here I am over 3 years later.
In just those 3 short years, with the help of my amazing customers, I’ve been able to travel to Haiti to visit our artisans, gifted at least 20 givebacks (mama kits, fruit trees, cloth diapers, chicks, ultrasounds to madagascar, and more!). Not only that, I’ve been able to educate people on the importance of sustainable business vs. charity, and have given them the opportunity to use their buying power for LASTING good.
I’ve also been able to provide for my family, do travelling I never thought I would be able to, meet other like-minded women in our BOMB sisterhood, and have fun taking creative photos that make me feel empowered. (thanks, Instagram Husband. 😘)
Keep following along to get to know more about me and my passion for world change, and how YOU can use your buying power for good!
How Much Do the Artisans Make?
Our Commitment to a Dignified Wage & Sustainable Job for our Artisan Partners✨
- Trades of Hope is a member of the Direct Sales Association & the FairTradeFederation.org. We are a direct sales company with a mission… rooted in compassion… promoting fair trade business principles… & growing sustainable businesses with our Artisan Partners all around the globe — including 2 groups in the USA!
- As a TOH CE Partner, I am advocating for my Artisan Partners by sharing their inspiring stories, selling their beautiful pieces & promoting a better quality of life for them, their families & their community… one bracelet at a time.
Watch this video clip and hear a word from one of our Founders, Holly Boothman Wehde, about our Artisans’ dignified wage.
Learn more about Trades of Hope
Learn about our Compensation Plan
Our Artisans around the world find hope by creating our accessories for a living wage and bright future. Our Partners are brand ambassadors who join hands with our Artisans to tell their stories of triumph. In this partnership, both Artisan and Partner earn, learn, grow and prove that defining their destiny is not only possible, it’s doable. By simply sharing the Artisan’s story online or amongst a group of friends, you empower her voice and earning potential. Our Artisans earn 3 to 6 times more than they would in their own country and our Partners earn 25%+ commissions on their sales. Together they earn and celebrate each other.
What our sisterhood is saying:
Join the Kindred Movement & Receive:
Gain exclusive access to our online training courses. You will not only learn Facebook and Instagram strategies, but we will take your learning further. We will teach you what other partners are not, like how to build your business on Pinterest, Youtube, and through blogging. Learn attraction marketing & how to grow your business on autopilot.
WEEKLY LIVE TRAINING CALLS
You will gain access to our Partners-Only Facebook group, which features leaders each week sharing live & fresh training with our sisterhood.
Discounts on our Fair Trade Products
As a partner, you’ll receive 25% cash-back on all of your own purchases! When new lines are released, you’ll get an additional 25% off any new products!
Access to our FREE Training & social Selling app
Trades of Hope has created an AMAZING app for us as partners. Through this app you can receive FREE product just for doing the training! They are also developing a NEW social sharing platform that will further optimize growing your business on social media.
Frequently Asked Questions:
HOW MUCH MONEY DO THE ARTISANS MAKE?
Artisans earn 3 to 6 times more than the average wage in their community. The Artisan communities we partner with set their own prices, and receive 100% of what they ask for with no bargaining. The Fair Trade groups and ministries that are helping them get their product to market follow guidelines of checks and balances to give back, not just to the artisan, but to their community. So a portion of the money also goes to their community for things like wells, children’s schools, education for adults, land, homes and other things to better their lives. It is life changing. Fair Trade is about providing a living wage for those in extreme poverty and giving them a chance for a better life. To understand more about Fair Trade go to www.fairtradefederation.org.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO STAY ACTIVE AS A PARTNER?
You must have a minimum of one commissionable order of any value within the last 12 months to keep your account. That’s it! No monthly requirements or sales quota. If you have no commissionable sales within a 12 month period your account will be deactivated.
AM I REQUIRED TO CARRY INVENTORY?
No, when you enroll, you will set up your replicated website (free for the first 30 days). This is a unique URL for your business which allows your customers to purchase directly from your site. This enables your customers to purchase what they like without you having to carry inventory.
DO I HAVE TO SHIP TO EACH CUSTOMER AND HOSTESS WHO PURCHASES?
Trades of Hope ships directly to your customers and hostesses as soon as they place their orders.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN TO BE A PART OF TRADES OF HOPE?
Although the founders of TOH are Christians, we know that not all of our Partners, artisans or customers are of the Christian faith and we welcome everyone! We believe that Jesus calls us to show his love to everyone no matter their faith, gender, nationality, race and orientation. He calls us to love above all else. We believe everyone is made in the image of God and has great value to God even if they don’t believe in him. Jesus also tells us to help the orphan and the widow. He never says only the Christian orphan and widow so that is what we do, LOVE!
HOW OLD DOES SOMEONE NEED TO BE TO SIGN UP AS A PARTNER?
18 years old. However, if you have, or know of a young adult between the ages of 11-17 that would like to partner with you to learn how to improve social skills, public speaking, learn how to work with money, and make a difference in the lives around the world, be sure to check out our Sparks program.
ARE YOU PART OF ANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT UPHOLD AND AFFIRM YOUR FAIR TRADE STATUS?
Trades of Hope is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. As members of the Fair Trade Federation, Trades of Hope fully commits to following the fair trade principles created by the Fair Trade Federation and participating in accountability and partnership with them. To learn more about the Fair Trade Principles and the Fair Trade Federation, click here.