- Do you ever spend money?
- Are you concerned for the plight of orphans, but you're not currently in the position to adopt?
- Do you have relatives and friends who have birthdays?
- Are your pleasures of the non-crafty kind?
- Do you (or should you) write thank you notes?
- Do you have artistic ability that you'd love to use to really help someone?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this post is for you! (If you answered "no" to all of these questions, please check your pulse. If you find that you are alive, turn off your computer and get out of your chair. It's time to get a life.)
I just placed my first order from Cards From Africa. It's a business started by a christian man who wanted to help orphans in Rowanda. All of his employees are orphans over the age of 18 who are responsible for at least one brother or sister. Their business takes waste paper, recycles it and makes their own paper which they turn in to beautiful handmade greeting cards.
Some card from my first order - it won't be my last!
Not only does this provide a steady income for orphaned households, they also invest in the lives of their staff teaching them entrepreneurial and business skills so they can move into different jobs or start their own businesses down the road! They pay a higher than average wage and encourage their staff to save for the future. It's just an all around great idea that invests in the future of young people as well as their country's economy. It's also environmentally friendly, not to mention a sustainable business model.
I can also say they are a great company to work with! Their website (www.cardsfromafrica.com) is easy to use, their service is fast, and pictures just don't to justice to the beauty of the cards. The cards cost about the same as a nice Hallmark card, but the shipping is free over on orders over $10. So if you have some birthdays, graduations or weddings coming up soon - stock up! This is a chance to spend money knowing that it really makes a difference in someone's life!
P. S. For my artistic friends: Card From Africa is always in need of new designs. If you want to make some money, use your gifting to bless others and get a commercially produced product to add to your portfolio, check out their website for details.