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Learning to Say Yes to Love: A Blog from Becca Stevens

by Becca Stevens July 06, 2016


I remember when the idea of our Global Marketplace, Shared Trade, came into being in the summer of 2014.  I was standing on a train pulling out of Oxford England with the Thistle Farms contingency and felt the shift of muddled thoughts moving from the world of feeling and taking on shape. The idea of launching a Thistle’s Farms Global initiative started after an international gathering with inspired music and justice advocates speaking in wishes about how economic justice could change the story of many women.
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Celebrating Freedom Around the World

Celebrating Freedom Around the World

by Maddie Kewin June 27, 2016

In honor of the 4 th of July, we are celebrating not only our own freedom, but also the freedom of our partners abroad. We want to highlight India, Nepal, Ecuador and Rwanda for their progress towards freedom along with the amazing changes that our partner organizations are inspiring. To celebrate these countries, check out our special edition country bracelet sets here . Read more to learn about the incredible work our partners our doing in those four countries. 
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Moving to Independence: One Car at a Time

by Marlei Olson June 22, 2016

One of the goals of Thistle Farms is to move women from poverty to economic independence. Income provided by jobs through our social enterprises s an important step; reliable transportation is another. With a partnership with Providence Auto, four Thistle Farms graduates were able to maximize their savings and receive beautiful cars to help them move forward in their journeys.
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Life, Dignity, and Opportunity for Women Refugees in Kenya

Life, Dignity, and Opportunity for Women Refugees in Kenya

by Michelle Wijaya June 01, 2016

One of our newest partners, Heshima Kenya, shared about one of the artisans, Elizabeth, who works in their Maisha Collective, dyeing beautiful scarves. Heshima means “respect, honor, and dignity” in Swahili, while Maisha means “life.” (Click Read more for full story)

  “I wanted to be independent - to take care of my baby, and feed him with my own money. At first I was so scared of the unknown - I was scared that I would be out there with my child as a refugee in a city that is still very foreign to me. Then I finally said, let me try. Now, I'm proud of myself - and it’s not scary, because I'm not alone - I still have Heshima Kenya.” -  Elizabeth

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From Texas to Tennessee: Jovita's Road to Healing

by Melanie Reitz May 31, 2016

Jovita was always starting something new only to have each venture snatched away by her addiction. Just over two years ago, while struggling, Jovita found Thistle Farms. She knew she had to leave Texas and seek healing in this Nashville community where women were both recovering and working with soothing, natural products; the serendipity was just too strong.  On May 20th, Jovita graduated from the two year residential program and on that day, she  was able to feel the love and support of all who loved her. Jovita now proclaims, “I found my peace....and so here is where I’m going to stay.”
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Our Bug Free Repellent gets an A+!

by Marlei Olson May 31, 2016


It is the season of being outdoors....and report cards, and at Thistle Farms we have an awesome one to share with you: Our newly formulated, natural, Bug Free Repellent just passed an independent lab testing with flying colors, beating out a leading competitor in the field!


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