San Francisco, We're Coming to Visit! – Thistle Farms / Global Marketplace

San Francisco MarketPlace!

Shared Trade MarketPlaces represent our global movement support women’s economic freedom. Through this venue, craftswomen earn a greater share of the profit and connect to a global community supporting healing and empowerment. 

This MarketPlace will feature goods from partner social enterprises in Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, and Ecuador among others. From home goods to jewelry to purses & bags, Shared Trade offers authentic items from around the world for all to enjoy.

The MarketPlace is a unique opportunity to learn more about each woman's story, see exclusive product offerings, and get connected to our global community. 

Shared Trade partner  A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN) based out of Accra, Ghana will be there with beautiful tote & travel bags made from recycled plastic and African fabrics. ABAN is working toward the same mission: empowering women so they can achieve their goals and improve their own lives. We'd love for you to learn more about Joyce.

When Joyce was only a junior in high school, she realized she was pregnant and consequently dropped out. She had a beautiful boy, named Christopher, but she had limited resources and opportunities to provide for her small family.

In 2013, Joyce joined ABAN’s Women’s Empowerment program and became an apprentice seamstress. She learned sewing and dressmaking, and she began to thrive. After she graduated from the program in 2014, she was hired by ABAN’s production center to work full time. She now lives in ABAN’s community with Christopher and can create a better life for her son.

You can find some of the bags and cases made by Joyce and other women from ABAN right here at, but we'd also love to see you this weekend in San Francisco.  Sales from our Nashville MarketPlace in October opened doors for partners like ABAN to include more women workers in healing employment, offer additional wraparound services, and reinvest in improved production.

As an initiative Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tennessee, Shared Trade is extending the message that Love Heals from Ghana to San Francisco, from Cambodia to San Juan Cosala, Mexico.  

October 30, 2014 by Abi Hewitt
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