Saturday, December 01, 2007

Beyond FAIR TRADE: Global Girlfriend Joins The GreaterGood Network

My daughter Lauren and I spent this past Thursday evening holiday shopping at a Global Girlfriend Open House near our home south of Denver. Global Girlfriend founder and wonder-mom Stacey Edgar took a few minutes to chat and take a photo with Lauren, who announced upon meeting Stacey “I like you!” And what’s not to like? For almost five years Stacey has championed women around the world working to support their families and communities through the sale of hand-made goods that include colorful bags, jewelry, paper products, and clothing. Global Girlfriend helps women in many lands: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Africa, Tanzania, and Vietnam. In the U.S., Global Girlfriend sells products from women’s groups in Chicago, Nashville, Boston, West Virginia, and Denver. At their open house, they conducted a food drive to benefit women and children at The Gathering Place, a local agency for victims of homelessness and poverty.

While the open house is over, the Global Girlfriend site is up and running 24/7. As this wonderful Denver institution becomes a fantastic addition to The GreaterGood Network of Seattle, Global Girlfriend looks forward to new opportunities to expand the number of women it supports, provide increased orders to participating artisans, and offer a wider range of fair-trade women-made products to its customers.

Stacey notes that since 1999, The GreaterGood Network has been giving back to life-saving charities like America’s First Harvest and MercyCorps with each purchase made through its network of sites. GreaterGood shoppers can become “clickers” by clicking every day to donate cups of food, books, and mammograms at no extra charge. Sounds like The GreaterGood Network is a perfect fit for Stacey and her team of Global Girlfriends, including her loyal customers. Other GreaterGood Network sites include The Hunger Site, The Breast Cancer Site, The Literacy Site, The Child Health Site, The Rain Forest Site, and The Animal Rescue Site. Enjoy shopping with Global Girlfriend and other sites on The GreaterGood Network now and throughout the New Year! I know I will!


Blogger Jen P said...

That open house looks sooo nice. My kind of open house! The link didn't work though.

Great picture! You're both gorgeous!

9:07 AM  
Blogger Sustenance Scout said...

Hi Jen! Funny about the link; it works from my end...I'll doublecheck it as the day goes on. Anyone else having trouble with it?

I actually took the photo of my Lauren with Stacey of Global Girlfriend. She was so sweet to stop and pose for us; it was a busy night for her! K.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Jen P said...

It worked this time. That was weird. I must have caught the server off guard.

Oh! I read that a little closer this time. Sorry 'bout that. Pass on the compliment to both.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

I think it's excellent that you took your daughter to this...children are exposed to such much commercialism and what they "want" when it comes to gifting. We try to teach them that to give is better than to receive and you've taken it a step further to introduce your children to gifting that also benefits others. Brava Karen!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Sustenance Scout said...

Sherry, you are soooo good for my ego, lol! Sometimes it's hard to tell what tidbits of what we do as parents really seeps in and sticks, but it certainly doesn't hurt to try.

Jen, thanks for the timely reminder to email Stacey about this post. I'll be sure to pass along your compliment! K.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Ello said...

Wow - what a great cause! I love that you are taking your daugther to events like this! And the both of you look so beautiful! You are a great mom!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Sustenance Scout said...

LOL Ello, I need to add a huge caption to that photo! The lady in it is Stacey Edgar, founder of Global Girlfriend, and Lauren was THRILLED to have a photo taken with her. I, as usual, was behind the camera! I'm sure Stacey's going to love all these nice compliments, so I'll keep the photo caption-free. I'm always happy with the pats on the back for what I try to do with my kiddos. It helps a lot, to tell you the truth. :)

11:41 PM  
Blogger Jen P said...

Ha! I'm glad someone else thought that too. I think it must be a cry out for a family photo.

Check my last post for your award.

5:58 AM  
Blogger Niksmom said...

Wow, what an awesome event and a great site. Lauren looks so grown up. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAUREN!!! I guess she's too old for my Nik...sigh.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

i love this...

10:24 AM  
Blogger Sustenance Scout said...

Thanks, Patti! It is pretty neat stuff.

Niksmom, Lauren may be too old for Nik, but she'd love to have him over to play. Too bad we live so far apart. Hope Nik has a wonderful train-filled birthday!

Jen, I am SO honored to get that award from you! Thanks so much!! K.

11:29 AM  
Blogger mbn18 said...

There is a new alternative for online fundraising, take a look at GiveStream ( It offers a set of free and easy-to-use online fundraising and community-building tools that help nonprofits create their own branded easy giving center.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Sustenance Scout said...

Sounds interesting, I'll be sure to check it out! Thanks! K.

1:13 PM  

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