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Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwideby Stacey Edgar
Synopses & Reviews
“A heartening story of big dreams and small steps” --Pietra Rivoli, author of Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy
“An engaging read, upbeat and inspiring.”--Kirkus
"A beautiful example of what one woman can do to improve the lives of thousands worldwide simply by following her heart. Stacey Edgars story is nothing short of amazing, and it will inspire even the most timid of dreamers to try their hand at making a difference in the world.” --Doc Hendley, author of Wine to Water a Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World, President/Founder of Wine to Water
Nine years ago, Stacey Edgar had a two-thousand-dollar tax return and a deep desire to help provide economic security for women in need. She knew that of the 1.3 billion people living on less than one dollar per day, seventy percent are women. What she didnt have was a business plan. Or a passport. But that didnt stop her from creating Global Girlfriend, a multi-million dollar, socially conscious business that has helped women on five continents feed their families and send their children to school.
Global Girlfriends is Staceys inspiring story of following her convictions, interwoven with the stories of her colleagues and friends - real women all over the world, from Guatemala to Nepal, from Haiti to Uganda. It is also a passionate argument for simple actions we can all take to eliminate extreme poverty.
"From its humble birth in 2003 in Edgar's basement, Global Girlfriend has helped poor women develop and sell fashionable, ecologically sound products, thereby feeding their families, educating their children, and contributing to their communities. At the time, former social worker Edgar states in her captivating account, she knew little about the fair-trade movement, but harbored a desire to reach women subjected to hunger, gender discrimination, and abuse in nations reeling from war and natural disasters. As she chronicles visits to cities and villages east and west, Edgar profiles crafters and entrepreneurs with whom she has partnered. Serving as designer, marketer, wholesaler, retailer, and cheerleader, Edgar stresses her role as bridge to American women eager to shop on behalf of their 'sisters.' While quick to reveal failures (e.g., bugs emerging from seed jewelry), Edgar delights in symmetries: low-caste Indian women recycling trash bags into chic items; a series of Friday phone calls from Organic Style and O magazines and Whole Foods. Now part of GreaterGood Network and posting annual sales of more than million, Edgar makes clear that her company is a model for-profit social business that grew by making people the bottom line. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Start small, dream big, change lives— how one woman harnessed the power of fair trade to help women in poverty help themselves
Seven years ago, Stacey Edgar had a $2,000 tax return and a deep desire to help provide economic security for women in need. She knew that of the 1.3 billion people living on less than $1 per day, seventy percent are women. What she didnt have was a business plan. Or a passport. But that didnt stop her from creating a socially conscious business that has helped poor women in five continents feed their families and send their children to school.
Global Girlfriend has since grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise that specializes in handmade, fairly traded, ecoconscious apparel, accessories, and items made by women all over the world. Global Girlfriends is Staceys inspiring story of following her convictions, as well as her passionate argument for simple actions we can all take to eliminate extreme poverty. Stacey Edgar refused to be paralyzed by the size of world poverty; she started by taking several small steps, personal responsibility firmly in hand, and never looked back.
About the Author
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. Stacey has been honored by the Microsoft Corporation as a recipient of the companys “Start Something Amazing” awards, and is a sought-after speaker on the topics of women in the global economy, fair trade, sex trafficking, market and enterprise development, cause marketing, entrepreneurship, and parlaying your passion into your career. She lives in Colorado with her family.
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