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These past few weeks we featured some of the great do-gooder companies we partner with! Hear about our new and exciting partnership with Ship Sunshine created by Anna Costello!

What inspired you to create Ship Sunshine?

When I moved to Colorado, there were many times I wanted to let friends back home know I was thinking of them but I wasn't quite sure what to send. I wanted to do something more than a card and more personal than flowers. My budget and time were limited and I just couldn't find many options. I wanted to be able to send the equivalent of a hug in a box - things that would make people smile and feel cheery. So, I built Ship Sunshine to do just that. My goal is to make it easy to brighten someone's day and celebrate the little and big things in life.

One of the reasons I wanted to start my own company was so I could insert my own values into it. Every Ship Sunshine box is hand-packed with eco-friendly materials, we donate proceeds from our boxes to a person, charity, or cause, we're collecting school supplies and toiletries for those in need, and we're totally open to more possibilities!

Why do you partner with Artisans Thrive?

I am truly inspired by Artisan Thrive's mission. I love that their approach is to help women entrepreneurs around the world hone in on their skills and expand their reach. Their model and training program is so well thought through and impactful to women artisans. 

 

Know someone that could use a smile? A brighter day is a click away! Visit www.shipsunshine.com and use promo code ARTISANSTHRIVE15 for 15% off any order!

Six months since the graduation of the Mujeres con Vision, we have continued to work closely with the group and monitor their progress!

After the graduation, the women found themselves putting their skills to work quickly as they had a few orders lined up for World Orphans, our partner in the development of this cooperative and who continue to play a vital role in assisting with the functioning of the cooperative.

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In an effort to celebrate all the mamas of the world and highlight one of our artisans, we met with Victorine, one of the women in our newly-formed cooperative, to hear a little bit more about her experience as an artisan, seamstress, mother, caregiver, sole provider for her daughter. Read More
It’s been 7 months since we celebrated the graduation of our first group of women who completed our Artisans Thrive Training Program (ATTP). The women of Casa Rosa have worked extremely hard since the completion of their training program in July 2017. During their training program, the women were integral in the design of the Leydi cross-body bag which we launched in our 2017 Fall | Winter Collection. Throughout the holiday season, we loved sharing the story behind the cooperative and design with our customers. Read More
Tucked away in the heart of Guatemala City, Guatemala, lies the community of La Verbana. Here we have just began our second Artisans Thrive Training Program in partnership with World Orphans. On Friday afternoon, while everyone else is winding down for the week, you can find 15 women who have set aside their other responsibilities, left their children in someone else’s care, headed to the classroom, and who sit ready and willing to learn. Read More