In this episode, Jamie talks with Jessica Honegger, founder of Noonday Collection, and Jalia Muwanga, founder of Noonday’s first partner artisan group in Kampala, Uganda. They talk about how Noonday has impacted both of their communities and how they’ve grown businesses from the ground up.
Show notes from this episode:
– Noonday Collection partners with artisan businesses who work in vulnerable communities and connects them to a marketplace here in America, where they sell the handmade goods. They also develop the businesses through fair trade, collaborative design, capacity building, responsible financing and long term partnership.
– Jessica and Jalia have built their businesses alongside each other. (Jalia owns a small business that supplies the Noonday Collection.)
– Long term relationships with partner businesses are important because artisans need consistency. They can’t dream about their futures until there is sustainability in their own lives.
– Jalia was scared that the partnership wouldn’t continue and whether they could count on it the next month. It took one or two years and her first Noonday conference for Jalia to truly believe it was for real.
– Jessica initially started selling the goods Jalia and her husband made to fundraise for her adoption. After doing it for a few months, Jessica saw the potential for it to grow beyond an adoption fundraiser.
– Jalia says she has changed so much personally and gained confidence in herself in the four years that she’s built her business. Their lives have changed financially, and they are able to employ women who can make an income for their families and send their children to school.
– Jalia sees self esteem and confidence in women she employs, who often come from backgrounds of shame and abuse.
“We can change the world when we walk in our gifts and shine.”
– Jesus is the same here and in Africa.
“Vocation is when your greatest gifts meet the world’s greatest need.” – Frederick Buechner
“My passion is to see many people [in our country] employed, especially women.” – Jalia