If you’ve read the book, you know my heart for small grassroots efforts towards justice and shalom. We saw this as a way to not only support people we love and know, but also a way to begin to create a bit of employment.
But, while it was important to us to find a way to support the ministries that we know and love, we also wanted to find a partner with ethical, just, and sustainable production practices to support employment for vulnerable and marginalized people.
Enter the incredible team at Imagine Goods. Check them out:
We are Imagine Goods, and we partner with vulnerable and marginalized people around the world to make products that, in many cases, give them the first fair wages they’ve ever received.
You might call us “accidental entrepreneurs”. . . we never really intended to start a business. We had been working as a non-profit in Cambodia since 2006, and slowly came to the realization that this was the most empowering project we saw; by giving people the opportunity to work, we give them hope.
So we sort of do things a bit differently around here. People matter to us way more than the bottom line, and we try to take a close look at the entire chain of people who are involved in making our products. Are they earning a living wage (enough to meet their basic needs)? Are they being empowered? That’s why we call ourselves a “Sustainable Supply Co.”—because we believe that when we buy a product, the cost of the item should be able to sustain every person connected to it with a living wage.
In order to really get to know the people who make our products, we travel to Cambodia together three times a year. While there, we shop in the markets for fabrics (the stall owners know us and love to see us walking up!) and travel to visit the organizations that make our products. These are all workshops run by non-profits that have the express purpose of finding marginalized or vulnerable people—many of whom are survivors of trafficking—training them in a skill, and empowering them with work.
We are creating products that care for the human race—giving opportunity for individuals to care for their children, families, and health. . . so that a new generation has a fighting chance to break the cycle of poverty.
We are so excited about supporting the artisans at Imagine Goods as well as Help One Now and Heartline through the message of Jesus Feminist.
The shop will have a couple of sustainably-produced shirts and a handful of prints with quotes from the book, as well as a necklace, and even a decal for your laptop or locker.
The whole thing will hopefully be ready in time for Christmas shopping – or at least that’s the plan. Fingers crossed and all that. (If our little experiment goes well, we might add to our little collection as we go along but to begin, we’ll start rather small and just see what happens. A free devotional app is also in the works but we’ll see, eh?)
We will have two prints available with quotes from the book. BUT we’re having a hard time picking which ones.
This is where you come in – would you vote to help me pick the two quotes that we will turn into prints?
We’ve narrowed down to these Top 10 quotes based on what we saw as the main highlights at Kindle and Goodreads as well as tweets, mentions, posts, etc. Hopefully this means that these 10 quotes are the ones that resonated the most with readers but it’s a pretty unscientific guess so who knows?
(There is an embedded poll here in the post that can take a minute to show up. But if you can’t see the poll here to participate, please click here to vote.) And yes, you can choose more than just one and see results as you vote.
I’ll give it a week or so and we’ll see where we end up, eh?
Thanks for your help! We appreciate it so much.