The Dream

August 01, 2016 0 Comments

In 2005, Don and I began dreaming of a “thing," and in seven years; it became a reality. 

In 2012 we applied for our LLC.

Here’s how it works:

Visit our site. Make a purchase. Affect individuals who have little to nothing. Each piece comes with a story, with a history, with a life behind the product.

Your purchase and partnership intertwines your life with the reality of poverty and pain around the world.

We know that there are bigger troubles in the world, whether that be in another country or one street over. We know that there are people who are hurting, whose lives have been turned upside down; or might never have been right-side up in the first place. Children who are sold into sexual slavery, hungry mouths and eyes pleading for relief, ground where the march of child soldiers can be heard in the night, or homes where AIDS threatens to steal the lives of every soul within the country's borders.

Problems too big to carry as individuals. Problems we want to touch and somehow relieve, but don't know how, or even where to start.

It’s not an imprint we seek, a fossilized record of a good deed; it’s the knowledge that our lives had some kind of fluid power, a ripple effect that started small and grew greater and greater upon impact, so that the end result is a the world that will never again be the same.

This is the Purchase Effect.

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