Honoring A People United May 13, 2015 16:24
Marjory Warren as carried A People United for over 10 years. Owned by one of the kindest men I know, Robert Gruber. I want to introduce his company to my customers, appreciating the human strength and dedication this company represents.
The birth of A People United was an epiphany I had 20 years ago when I felt I was "dying of comfort." It was my own voice, but with a certainty never before present. "Go work with women doing traditional handicrafts in developing countries, develop their talent for making products using indigenous materials for sale in the US, and thereby help improve their lives and the lives of their children." When one is given a calling, one is best served by exclaiming Yes!
And so it began
In much of the developing world, women and children eat poorly or last. Our founding goal was to improve the economics, health, and education of children through a micro-enterprise project. We have worked in a win-win strategy with workers in Nepal, one of the poorest nations in Asia and India, paying better than average wages, and sending our Nepal colleagues' children to private schools in Nepal.
To-date we have provided over 1,000 scholarships for Nepali children to private schools. It is crucial to sustain these scholarships. The triple win strategy depends on our accounts and customers to value this work and be part of the strategy- buying our product and often retailing it to their customers with the knowledge that it is not only beautiful and value-priced, but is also
helping create a better world. (We should wear a white hat, and also sell it). We are enormously proud of the scholarship program and will continue to send kids to school. We are also grateful to all of our customers who help make this possible.
Owner of A People United