She wore a floral dress on Monday.
The dress made it easy to recognize her again on Tuesday.
By Wednesday, I realized she wore the same floral dress over and over–not because it was her favorite.
But because it was the only one she owned.
I tried not to stare at the huge gaping holes in her tattered sweater covering her dress as I talked to her, but I couldn’t help but notice them.
She wore the sweater to protect her dress.
She lives in Ethiopia and her children are sponsored by Caring for Korah. And she pays school fees, rent and buys food for her family because Fair Trade Friday has provided her a job. When there isn’t jewelry to make, her other job is gathering cow manure with her bare hands and turning it into charcoal for fuel.
Because no work is undignified when it means your children will have something to eat.
It’s a life few of us can imagine, but just because we don’t live it, doesn’t mean others don’t.
And when we wear something she makes, we become a part of her story.
Every fair trade item has a story. A name. A real person who’s life is being changed when we wear the story and become a part of it.
Please take a couple of minutes to watch and share our brand new moving video about the work of Mercy House thru Fair Trade Friday.
Our culture loves fashion. And we can redeem consumerism when we shop with intention.
I know her by her dress because it’s the only one she has.
I pray that we are known by what we wear, too.
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