How long have you been in business?
Less than a year.
What inspired you to make fair trade yoga bags?
When I was 14-years-old I was horrified by a news special about Nike factories using child labor working in slave-like conditions. Ever since then I have been very concerned about where my purchases are coming from and what sort of impact they are having on the world. I wanted to start a sustainable fashion brand to assure shoppers that their purchases were having a positive impact in the world and to inspire other would-be sustainable entrepreneurs.
What is your company’s mission?
To provide solar-powered lamps to every child in Central America living without reliable electricity through the sale of Fair Trade yoga bags, purses and messenger bags.
Do you have a 5 or 10-year vision for your company that you could share with us?
I want to have a fully functioning fashion website where every piece of clothing, yoga bag and accessory is not only made by people who are paid a fair wage, but the purchase gives back to the community in which the item was made.
Who is your customer?
My customer is anyone who wants to purchase well made, fashionable accessories and at the same time wants to be assured that their purchase has created a ripple effect of positivity in the world.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you or your company?
Our bags are handmade in Nicaragua and about two million people in Nicaragua live without electricity. For every item purchased from Esperanza Market, we donate a solar-powered lamp to a child living without electricity.
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