In March of 2015, I became an Independent Ambassador for Noonday Collection, a business that focuses on using fashion and design to create economic opportunities for the vulnerable.
Noonday Collection is a socially responsible and fair trade business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. More specifically, Noonday partners with talented artisan entrepreneurs in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities empowering them to grow sustainably.
Their purpose in business is to create dignified jobs for people who need them and to build a more flourishing world where children are cherished, women are empowered, people have jobs, and we are connected.
Just 6 years old, Noonday started out as an adoption fundraiser for the founder’s (Jessica Honegger) adoption from Rwanda. Jessica had friends in Uganda who were jewelry designers dreaming of creating dignified jobs in their community.
Jessica hosted Noonday’s first trunk show in her home selling this Ugandan jewelry. Women fell in love with both the style and the story and soon after, Noonday Collection was officially born.
As an independent ambassador, I am both social entrepreneur and story-teller. I have the opportunity to bring Noonday to my community, to share the story, and to create a marketplace for artisan business in the United States.
I’m also supposedly a stylist. Ahem. Still working on that one.
Why? Why Noonday over another direct sales company? Why Noonday instead of nannying, tutoring, or waiting tables as a way to supplement my income?
Here’s the deal, I am loving this role, this jewelry, this company, and the tribe that comes with it…no matter how imperfectly I’ve been walking through it. I’m loving it because it matters. It is bigger than me.
I’m loving it through the fear that I’m going to mess it up or that I’m doing it wrong.
These artisans, they have names, beautiful names. Jalia and Daniel, Sunita, Tigiest, Olivia, Sofiya, Ana, Angelica, Sita, Qobra, Pooja, Addisalem, Cenise. They have faces, families, stories, and dreams.
Their success is my success.
It’s that simple. And that is why Noonday Collection.
I’m not a salesperson. It would be flat out hilarious if I tried to be. I’m not a fashionista. Although my students seem to support my outfit choices. =) And in the past, my relationship with jewelry has been, well, troubled. (I had to get my ears RE-PIERCED a couple of years ago because the holes had closed up.)
But here I am rocking Noonday samples everywhere I go. (I now feel naked without earrings or a necklace. Bracelets are more of a work in progress) Trying to share the story elegantly in my community (mostly I just stumble over my words. bless.) Hustling to get trunk shows booked. And walking confidently and boldly into the fear of putting myself out there…of sharing and #hastagging on social media for heavens’ sake.
We are empowered people, on this earth to empower others. I am so thankful that Noonday gives me the opportunity to do this on a daily basis.
You are an important part of this journey. In fact, quite frankly, this doesn’t happen without you. It doesn’t work. Without your support, there isn’t a marketplace for the Artisan’s jewelry…and when there is not a marketplace, there is not a reason for them to work. And they SO desire to work.
You matter to their story.
I challenge you to think about what your role might be. Are you a future hostess? Are you a new customer? Are you an adoption supporter? Are you a future ambassador?
When you partner with Noonday, great things happen.
Children are cherished. Women are empowered. People have jobs. And we are connected.
Style your friends. Change the world.