Thursday, February 16, 2012

Stacey Edgar, Founder of Global Girlfriend: Women-made, Eco-friendly, Fair Trade

"I got the most moving email from them that with the first half of the money they had, of course, used it to buy their supplies and get started, but they were also able to each buy a plot of land in a safer area, outside of Goma, and when we sent the second payment, they were able to each get enough supplies to buy small houses and their families were coming from all of the country because they had the safest homes."
~ Stacey Edgar, Global Girlfriend

Stacey Edgar started Global Girlfriend in 2003 as a way to provide economic security for women in need by creating a sustainable market for their products.  She used her 10 years in social work practice with women and children as a springboard to her role as a social entrepreneur.  Global Girlfriend works with over sixty women's cooperatives and NGOs in 20 countries. Its fair trade boutique offers a line of women-made, fair-trade products including stylish apparel, accessories and gifts with one purpose - to help women in need help themselves.

Stacey has been honored by the Microsoft Corporation as a recipient of its Start Something Amazing Awards, by the Denver Business Journal as a "40 Under 40" Business Leader, featured in several magazines including O, The Oprah Magazine, in Multichannel Merchant magazine as a "Maven of Merchandise," and by Organic Style as one their 2005 Women with Organic Style.  Her first book, Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide, came out last year.

You can listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast via iTunes, or on the player above.  If you have suggestions for people I should interview, please email me at britt AT brittbravo DOT com

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Full disclosure: The link to Stacey's book, Global Girlfriend, is linked to my Amazon Associates account.  If you purchase something after clicking on the link, I receive a small percentage of the sale.

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  1. Great podcast, Britt. It's so inspiring to hear from women who are doing life-changing things!

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