Global Girlfriends (Paperback)
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In 2003 Global Girlfriend founder Stacey Edgar had a $2,000 tax return and a deep desire to help provide economic security for women in need. She knew that of the 1.3 billion people living on less than $1 per day, seventy percent are women. What she didn't have was a business plan. Or a passport. But that didn't stop her from creating a socially conscious business that has helped poor women in five continents feed their families and send their children to school. Global Girlfriend has since grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise that specializes in handmade, fairly traded, eco-conscious apparel, accessories, and items made by women all over the world. Global Girlfriends is Stacey's inspiring story of following her convictions, as well as her passionate argument for simple actions we can all take to eliminate extreme poverty. Stacey Edgar refused to be paralyzed by the size of world poverty; she started by taking several small steps, personal responsibility firmly in hand, and never looked back.
- 304 pages
- 8.25" H x 5.5" W (21 x 14 cm)
Praise for Global Girlfriends:
"Stacey Edgar's Global Girlfriends is a heartening story of big dreams and small steps. Tireless and passionate, Edgar has forged ahead with a beguiling combination of head and heart to create a business model that works for rich and poor alike, linking together women from around the world. Global poverty, like so many seemingly insurmountable problems, can be tackled one girlfriend at a time."
--Pietra Rivoli, author of Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy
"From its humble birth in 2003 in Edgar's basement, Global Girlfriend has helped poor women develop and sell fashionable, ecologically sound products, thereby feeding their families, educating their children, and contributing to their communities. Edgar makes clear that her company is a model for-profit social business that grew by making people the bottom line."
"Not just a story of entrepreneurship, but a story of how women rely on friendships and networks to sustain one another financially, socially, and emotionally."
"Global Girlfriends is a wonderful example of the incredible change that one person can make with small but persistently bold steps. Being a changemaker has nothing to do with having fancy degrees, lots of resources, or being an 'expert' in philanthropy or business. Every one of us has the capacity to create something special... it just takes creativity and the willingness to face your fears - both of failure and success. If you're looking for inspiration, this book is definitely for you."
--Blake Mycoskie, author of Start Something That Matters, Founder & Chief Shoe Giver, TOMS Shoes
"An engaging read, upbeat and inspiring."
Created to help women worldwide gain economic security for themselves and their families by earning fair wages for their handiwork, Global Girlfriend sources women-made, fair-trade imported, eco-friendly products. By supporting long-term partnerships with the artisans, it fosters equal employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, technical assistance, and development strategies to help reduce poverty, one community at a time. Become a "Global Girlfriend" and help build a brighter future for girlfriends around the globe!
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