I'm a new member of the Yobel Market community. So much of what Yobel does fills my heart so fully with joy--raising trafficking awareness, work in other countries, their awesome products, and perhaps most importantly, their entrepreneur programs.
Global outreach sustains local interests. Though I haven’t been on any trips with Yobel (yet), I’ve been able to participate in global empowerment just by supporting them locally. Buying the not-so-local ethical gifts at our very local Yobel Market not only supports budding entrepreneurs in other countries, but also fosters a powerful consumer community locally.
There’s incredible power in a consumer’s choice to purchase ethically. Yobel seeks to educate consumers about the impact that their spending can have in the lives of people from around the world. We often vote with our dollars, more often than we may even be aware of. Of course we know we buy clothes, food, home goods etc, because we like the way they fit, feel, and taste, but those purchases also say that we support that company and we approve of what they do.
Most people do not have the time or forethought to research the practices of every company before buying a product. Yobel’s products are fairly made and ethically sourced. But Yobel takes it a step further to explain why the purchase of this scarf versus that one is wiser and more beneficial to everyone involved. Our money says that we not only support a local retailer and small business, but that we also support their efforts to end exploitation. Win-win, if you ask me.
Yobel makes it easy for us as consumers to get involved with a global initiative without ever having to leave home. Far more important than that, we as consumers get to know the artisans who created our new favorite scarf, coffee, living room blanket, fair trade jewelry and other alternative gifts. We are introduced to these men and women through pictures, videos and first hand stories,. These personal encounters highlight the connection between buying ethically and participating globally. The power to promote change is in our hands, or rather, in our wallets.
Volunteering with Yobel is another way to make a global difference from the local level. Volunteers can choose their commitment level and which events to participate in--even times and jobs are negotiable. Volunteering locally supports and sustains development globally. Attending events like the annual garage sale or the Bringing Hope 5k is another way to get out and support Yobel. See the pattern yet? Our local involvement has the power to positively impact the entire world.
Each time we buy a beautifully handcrafted product we stand up and say that we have the power to shape the world around us. Yobel not only empowers our local community, but also empowers the voiceless and the exploited in countries all around the world.
Written by Kaley