We desire to provide suburban men and women everyday opportunities to engage the community and world in order to live a life that impacts the world for good.
Our Coffee is not only decadently delicious to drink, but it pays fair wages to farmers and values their hard work, giving them the dignity they deserve.
Do you want to live to exist?
Or live a life of meaning that impacts the community & the world?
Your morning drink, baked good and boutique purchases are helping to eradicate poverty while providing hope to survivors of human trafficking, homelessness, addictions and extreme poverty,
locally & globally
Meet others, like you, who want to live a purposeful life. Join us as we partner with organizations and social enterprises, who are seriously committed to advocating for women, locally and globally.
Life with Purpose
Life is hard and has its challenges. For many of us, poverty, addictions and hopelessness are all too familiar. You don't have to live in the slums of Asia or Africa to experience hopelessness. It's rampant right here in the suburbs of America.
Obstacles to employment and the lack of healing and development can cause hopelessness. We can become indifferent or jaded to the pain and suffering in our community and the world, or we can have eyes that SEE and do something about it.
Through creative ideas and innovative solutions, like social enterprise, we can create solutions to the world's biggest problems. Together, let's end poverty and make trafficking history.
Why Social Enterprise?
My Half of the Sky, L3C is organized as a Low Profit Limited Liability Company. Although social enterprises seek profit, their main mission is to encourage positive social change, using Capitalism - not government programs or charity - as a tool to defeat poverty and suffering worldwide.
Social Enterprises also provide dignity to low-income men and women and those who have obstacles to employment. Relationships founded on one person's giving, and another person's receiving often causes a chasm between the relationships and yields unhealthy outcomes of dependency, entitlement and greed. Social Enterprise is a creative system of exchange built upon mutual respect and pride.
Social Enterprises, like L3Cs, create strategies for poverty alleviation because it establishes social and economic opportunities through long-term trading partnerships with marginalized producers and artisans, placing interests of the marginalized as the primary concern over enterprise. Through ethical standards and fair practices, as well as long-term partnerships with business men and women, we will build leadership and create sustainable development.
Social Enterprises utilize the marketplace to build revenue in order to support low-income artisans, locally and in developing nations, move toward economic self-sufficiency, while allowing value-driven individuals to promote sustainability and opportunities to alleviate poverty and prevent human trafficking. Artisans receive fair wages, education, financial and technical assistance, and have safe working conditions, which promotes respectful relationships between business partnerships.
Through establishing long-term partnerships with already established social enterprises, both non-profits and for-profits, that partner with marginalized artisans around the world, My Half of the Sky provides products that change lives.
Charity vs. Development
Because women are marginalized in society, often sold by their parents to traffickers or abandoned by spouses, they are often left along to care for their children, having no skills, education or having language barriers as refugees in developed nations. Our desire is to create employment, train, and create a marketplace for their goods, so they may become self-sufficient participants in society. Because research indicates that when one woman is pulled out of poverty she brings four people with her, our primary support will be for women.
"Ancient Hebrew wisdom describes four levels of charity. The highest level is to provide a job for one in need without his knowledge that you provided it. The next, lower level is to provide work that the needy one knows you provided... The lowest level of charity, to be avoided if at all possible, is to give a poor person a gift with his full knowledge that you are the donor.
We know from 40 years of failed social policy that welfare depletes self-esteem while honorable work produces dignity.
We know that reciprocity builds mutual respect while one-way giving brews contempt. Yet we continue to run clothes closets and free food pantries and give-away benevolence accounts and wonder why the joy is missing... Perhaps it is our time and place in history to re-implement the wisdom of the ages and to fashion contemporary models of thoughtful compassion" (Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life, Robert D. Lupton, p. 27).
Many of us grew up on a charitable model, known as one-way giving, which often fuels distrust among those who have and those they are serving. This model of charity is necessary at times-- during disasters and other occasions. But when charity is used as the only form of helping it can, not only, be harmful to the community, but it can be harmful to the recipient of this kind of giving. They are no longer seen as valued members of society but rather, as weak ones waiting to be rescued.
But there is a better way- a humble posture that gives them value, dignity and purpose: WORK.
When we hire people or purchase their products, the exchange is honorable - fueling dignity, hope and purpose.
When we invest in lives and develop skills, we are impacting generations.