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Shop for a Cause Sales Increase to $33,000!

beadforlifeAt The 1010 Project, we love it when a plan comes together, and this year’s Shop for a Cause came together as a resounding success! On November 30th and December 1st, nearly 700 people passed through Denver First Church to discover unique gifts, learn about fair trade, and support a huge range of organizations on the front lines working toward market-based solutions to end global poverty. Many of these organizations address social issues in the Denver area as well. We were encouraged and inspired that so many people decided to use their holiday purchasing power to make a difference in the hearts of communities around the world.

The foundation for our event was laid by our 49 amazing vendors, each with their own mission, who banded together to show their support for socially conscious business and economic empowerment. The vendors represent artisans and organizations in Kenya, Haiti, Nicaragua, Uganda, Nepal, India, Peru, right here in Denver, and a dozen more regions across the globe. Unlike the usual holiday shopping rush, customers at Shop for a Cause had the opportunity to learn about the people who made their gifts and to be inspired by their stories.

The same spirit of learning and collaboration was also the driving force behind Saturday’s Seminar, entitled ‘Make a Difference!’ The panel was moderated by Stacy Edgar, the award-winning founder of Global Girlfriend, and featured Connie Stevinson of Trading for Treasures, Angela Yost of Threads International, Susan Kiely of Women with a Cause, and our very own Executive Director Melissa Schaap. The women reflected on how their once-simple pursuits had quickly become much bigger than themselves, and how the world can really be changed by large groups of people doing small things, such as purchasing and promoting fair trade products.dsenyo

Friday featured exciting live performances by singer/songwriter duo Jason and Denise, and by the incredible Dr. Biff and the Smokehouse Blues Band.

We would like to thank Denver First Church for lending their space, and the dozens of volunteers that started working hours and even days before we opened the doors to help make this collaborative event possible!

And, of course, thank you to the Denver community for using the holiday season to help break the cycle of poverty! We are so glad to have had the opportunity to make new connections with many of you, and to catch up with our long-time friends.

Thank you for showing us that amazing movements need only to start from the simple desire to make a difference. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Sixth Annual Shop for a Cause next year!  And remember, you have easy access to most of these amazing vendors all year long by visiting our Shop for a Cause page where you will find live links to all of their websites.

The 5th Annual Shop for a Cause by the numbers:

49 Vendors
670 Attendees
50+ Volunteers and hundreds of volunteer hours
22,600+ Items sold
$33,000+ – Revenue from this year’s Shop for a Cause
$22,000 – Revenue from last year’s Shop for a Cause

All of the money raised for The 1010 Project from the market will provide ongoing business education and seed capital to our partners in Kenya, equipping them to build businesses that strengthen their schools and community organizations.