For us, success is seeing lives transformed. We would like to share with you a personal story of one of our female artisans whose life you have affected through your recent purchases here at Yobel Market.
Her name is Mae. Mae is one of many women in East Asia who dreamed of education and a future but was denied it because of the belief that educating women is a waste. She begged to be put in school but was not allowed by her parents, though her brothers were permitted. Some days she would stand at the gate of the school to try and catch what the teacher was saying.
Mae’s story is very similar to most women in this part of the world. Marginalized, underprivileged, and thirsty for education and a hopeful future.
Fast forward decades later, Mae is now working for Starfish Project: a non-profit organization on a mission to rescue women from human trafficking and exploitation. In addition to being taught a new skill and trade, Mae is now finally fulfilling her dream to learn to read and write in her own language as well as English!
We received a simple note with our latest order from these artisans hand-written and in English. The writing was distinctively reminiscent of traditional Chinese characters. The words were simple and heartfelt. And every pen stroke bespoke freedom, hope, and a life-long dream come true.
It is an honor and a privilege to partner with the artisans at Starfish Project to bring you beautiful jewels, handcrafted from hope and redemption. We hope you continue to help us support artisans like Mae through shopping ethical trade and changing lives one dollar at a time.
Yobel is proud to be the sole purveyor of Ethnotek products in the United States! Co-Owners, Clay & Emily Ross were initially drawn to this incredible company’s techno-hip bags because of their high utility features (like this camera bag designed by photographers) and strong ethic toward both people and planet. As a conscious consumer, you can feel good that Ethnotek’s slow-production materials are sourced in person from the villages where they are created. Each artisan piece is purchased directly from the person who made it, for a fair price.
As consumers, we have power and we must use it wisely. United States citizens will purportedly spend $1 trillion this year on Christmas gifts. That is $1 trillion votes cast for the kind of world we want to live in. Let’s vote together for a world that prioritizes People and Planet so we ALL Profit!
When we externalize costs, we are asking for both the earth and an overseas labor force to satisfy our demand for cheap goods made quickly.Yobel wants to participate in a world where costs are no longer externalized.The way we do this is by ensuring that the people employed to manufacture our ethical goods are valued fairly, and the planet is not only protected,but improvedby the goods we sell!