I think every business owner at some point has thought to themselves, “Am I an entrepreneur, or am I just unemployed?”
My guest this week is Jen Lewis, the founder of Purse and Clutch! Jen is so hilarious and we had the BEST conversation. She shared some of her real struggles when it came to starting an ethical fashion business and what those early days looked like for her – but she also shared why working in this space matters and why she is passionate about it and lifting up OTHER ethical business owners… I know you are going to LOVE Jen… Enjoy this week’s episode!
As far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to spend my time focusing on long-term, sustainable solutions for men & women living in poverty in developing countries with limited opportunities. I am drawn to the beauty of international cultures & want to help in the fight against the systems that keep people in poverty generation after generation. From summers spent in Mexico & Bolivia to longer stints in Guatemala & Honduras, I’ve seen the need for sustainable job opportunities first hand.
Purse and Clutch was started to connect talented artisans with a market here in the States. I was amazed to learn about how these jobs were transforming the lives of the men & women making the handbags & realized since I was based in the States I could help facilitate that connection to help grow their organization’s reach. We have the privilege of working directly with artisan groups in Ethiopia & in Guatemala, designing beautiful textiles & styles that are meant to stand the test of time.
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