The Blessing Basket Project offered its thanks to the Omidi brothers and No More Poverty for their support of the organization’s new “Artisan and You” program that uses internet technology to connect customers with the artisan responsible for the purchased basket. The Blessing Basket Project uses a unique wage model that pays artisans nearly 2.5 times the required fair trade wage for their wares, enabling them to exit poverty through entrepreneurship.
The Blessing Basket Project appreciated the generosity of No More Poverty and its cofounders, Dr Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi, for their support of the new “Artisans and You” program. For more than 10 years, the organization has paid artisans in third world countries a generous wage for their wares, helping to lift them, their families and their communities out of poverty. Now with the “Artisans and You” program, customers will be united with the creator of their purchase, providing an opportunity to learn about and learn from one another.
“We exist to reduce poverty – and nothing else. There is no hidden agenda, no big headquarters, and no fat salaries for administrators,” says Theresa Carrington, founder of the Blessing Basket Project. “Our goal is to reduce poverty through entrepreneurship. Using our unique prosperity wage model, we give artisans more than fair trade value for the products they create for us which encourages them to start and grow their own businesses. The support of No More Poverty will help pay for the internet connectivity needed for our new Artisans and You program, which we are very excited about. We thank the Omidi brothers for their support, and hope that, with their help, we can continue to create economically independent communities.”
The Blessing Basket Project (http://www.blessingbasket.org) serves communities in Ghana, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Uganda and Madagascar. The artisans who make the baskets sold on the website and in physical retail locations are compensated directly for the fruits of their labor. With the money they earn, they are able to educate their children, start their own businesses, and provide a revenue stream for other businesses in their communities.
Theresa Carrington, founder of The Blessing Basket Project, decided to use her basket retail business as a platform for helping impoverished artisans receive a living wage for their goods by paying them directly. Rather than allow the workers earn only pennies a day while the bulk of the profits flowed to middlemen, she helped to develop the Prosperity Wage model that is now used to compensate the artisans. The model is now taught at numerous universities as an effective tool in global poverty reduction.
No More Poverty (http://www.nmp.org) is a not-for-profit charity organization (with a pending 501(c)3 application) founded by brothers Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi. The organization seeks to end poverty at home and abroad by supporting the efforts of like-minded charities and agencies. Current efforts are focused on increasing awareness of and donations to charities already doing great work to address poverty and its staggering effects throughout the world. The plan is to expand our activities to include fostering business development and job creation in disenfranchised areas.
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