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Ethical global goods made by and empowering women

Who We Are

We are a lean social enterprise. Doing so allows us to reinvest a sizable amount (70%!) back into our partners.

Meet our main people:

 

Core Team

Rachel Hartgen, Co-Founder and Managing Director

Rachel serves as the President/Treasurer while working full-time in international development, focused on education and economic opportunities for women and girls. Upon finishing her undergraduate degree at Baylor University, she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Central America where she worked on several community development projects. She came back to the United States to earn a M.A. in Economics and a M.A. in International Development from the University of Denver. Rachel started her career in small internationally-focused non-profits in the Denver Metro Area. She then moved to Washington, DC where she worked in program management and business development of large donor-funded international development projects.


She has worked extensively on issues surrounding inclusive finance and microenterprise development, working in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia to design, launch, and evaluate products and services for poor and vulnerable groups. She launched Artisans Thrive in 2013 with her co-founder Dana Camp Smith, based on their shared belief and experiences that more should be done to build the capacity of existing artisan groups and to empower women who in turn invest in their families and communities.

 

Andra Breazeale, Co-Owner and Sales Manager

Andra is employed full-time as the Store Manager for Artisans Thrive. She has a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University - Commerce. Andra moved to Denver in 2010 to work at Regis University in the Office of Student Activities. During her career at Regis University she developed a leadership development program, taught leadership courses, organized major events and led domestic and international service trips. After her time at Regis, Andra moved into the non-profit field where she has worked for both international and domestic non-profits in program development and fundraising. During this career change, Andra was introduced to Rachel and became a volunteer for Artisans Thrive in 2014. In 2016, Andra and her husband moved to Guatemala where they lived and worked at a rural clinic & community center sponsored by the University of Colorado's Global Health Department for a year and a half.  During this time, Andra was able to pilot our Artisans Thrive Training Program with a group of women. Upon return to Colorado, Andra worked for a local non-profit as a program manager and became a co-owner of Artisans Thrive in 2018. In November 2019, Andra was hired as the Store Manager to manage Artisans Thrive’s new brick and mortar store.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoe Carlson, Sales Associate

Zoe is thrilled to be working with the wonderful team at Artisans Thrive, and continuing her journey into learning and sharing global craft traditions. She started her career in academia, earning a Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Art History with a focus in Latin America from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her graduate research on the fiber and textile traditions of the Andes brought her to Peru in 2017. After graduating, she spent another 7 months in Cusco, Peru, working with the Center for Traditional Textiles and Xapiri, a fair trade art gallery, both of which promote the cultural and artistic traditions of Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Andes and Amazon through fair trade economic opportunities. Zoe now works in the nonprofit sector, as an arts administrator, as she continues to explore how handmade, artisan goods can contribute positively to our environment, lifestyle, businesses, and quality of life for all.

 

 

 

Our Design Committee

  • Dana Camp Smith, Co-Founder
  • Natalie Brooke Breazeale
  • Kelly Campbell
  • Ellie Hennes
  • Rose Dreisbach
  • Katie Dizon

Our All-Star Supporters

We have moved forward significantly with the support and hard work of the following staff, interns, and volunteers:

Lauren Steavpack, Natasha Steavens, Vy Pham, Ellen Lundwall, Garrett Breazeale, Janay Wright, Tricia Sebald, Nibha Parihar, Emily Haddaway, Allison Greeney, Julianne Martin, Stephanie Edwards, Stephanie Vail, Kandace McVickar, Alex Boehler, Brooke Breazeale

Interested in interning or volunteering with us? Contact us.