The Constellation Coalition Podcast
031 - Katie Martinez, Elegantees

031 - Katie Martinez, Elegantees

November 29, 2021

Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Katie Martinez, founder of Elegantees, an ethical fashion brand fighting human trafficking in Nepal through job creation for survivors.

 

ABOUT KATIE:

Katie Martinez created Elegantees because shopping was hard.  She needed tops that were pretty, comfortable, and with proper coverage. Having spent her life both on a farm in Iowa, and in the Fashion District of New York City, she saw two extremes in the way women dress. A common approach was to avoid fashion altogether and wear the same tee and jeans/leggings daily. The other extreme was to put such an emphasis on fashion that it becomes an identity. Elegantees was created for the woman who seeks to find a balance between fashion and life.

 

ABOUT ELEGANTEES:

Elegantees’ aim is to fight human trafficking in Nepal through employment opportunities. All their products are made ethically, and most are made by those who have overcome.  They dream to expand from one sewing center to several to provide more jobs. The waiting list is between 300-500 women who desire to work for Elegantees. Each purchase gets them closer to that goal!

 

Designs are ethically made by women (and some men too) who are paid fair wages. Fabric is sustainable using organic cotton in new fabrics we dye. Elegantees also source from dead stock fabric for non-organic blends.

 

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

Website:  https://elegantees.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/elegantees

Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/376787682734864

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/elegantees/

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Our Daughters International:  https://www.ourdaughtersinternational.org/

The Root Collective:  https://therootcollective.com/

Obvious Shirts:  https://obviousshirts.com/

Making The Cut:  https://www.amazon.com/Making-The-Cut-Season-1/dp/B08BZ1BHD6

Henry Ford:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ford

Lin-Manuel Miranda:  https://www.linmanuel.com/

Hamilton:  https://hamiltonmusical.com/

 

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BONUS - 2021 Ethical Holiday Shopping Guide

BONUS - 2021 Ethical Holiday Shopping Guide

November 22, 2021

Hey Change Maker!  Welcome to our 2021 Ethical Holiday Shopping Guide!  In this episode, you’ll find a list of ethical gift ideas for everyone on your Christmas list at every budget!  Happy Shopping!

 

Gifts Under $25

 

Gifts Under $50

 

Gifts Under $100

 

Big Gifts

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030 - Nancy Knapp, Joyya

030 - Nancy Knapp, Joyya

November 15, 2021

Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Nancy Knapp of Joyya, formerly Freeset.

 

ABOUT NANCY:

Nancy Knapp is the head of global sales and marketing for Joyya,   Nancy has been involved since 2013 when she first visited Joyya's communities in Kolkata and her heart was called to get involved to support the mission from her home in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

 

ABOUT JOYYA:

Joyya is a social enterprise which produces fair trade t-shirts, bags and accessories for export around the world from some of the toughest communities in Kolkata, India.  Joyya operates in communities which are plagued by extreme poverty and human trafficking and seeks to be a catalyst for community and life transformation there.  

 

In addition to the business, Joyya also has a social arm called Joyya Collective which adds support in the areas of healthcare, legal, education, development, childcare and finance. This is the foundation arm- or where donations go to support our communities needs. 

 

A third arm is called Joyya Neighbors which engages directly with our neighbors to listen and learn exactly what each community needs and wants vs. just guessing or imposing.

 

CONNECT WITH NANCY:

Website:  https://joyya.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/joyyaworlds

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/joyyaworlds/

Twitter:  @joyya_worlds

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Freeset USA:  https://freesetusa.com/

Freeset India:  https://freesetglobal.com/

Liminal Apparel: https://liminal.org.nz/

Fusion Hill:  https://www.fusionhill.com/

Joyya Trust:  https://givealittle.co.nz/org/joyya

 

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029 - One Year Podcast Anniversary (Special Episode)

029 - One Year Podcast Anniversary (Special Episode)

November 1, 2021

Hey Change Maker!  This week we are celebrating our one year podcasting anniversary.  And because we are celebrating, we are changing things up a bit.  Instead of Ashley interviewing an amazing Change Maker, Ashley is being interviewed by the amazing President of The Constellation Coalition Board.

 

ABOUT ASHLEY:

Ashley is a lifelong advocate for the underdog. Through child sponsorship programs, women’s mentoring, and cross cultural experiences, Ashley has come to understand the need for genuine relationship as the bridge to effective help. She has a bend toward entrepreneurship and a love of seeing new ideas and passions come to life. Over the past few years God has uniquely brought together Ashley’s value of relationships, entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment to form The Constellation Coalition. She’s passionate to see women around the world grasp their God-given value and find hope through dignified employment.

 

ABOUT THE CONSTELLATION COALITION:

The Constellation Coalition empowers women in developing countries to start businesses and secure dignified employment so they can lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.

 

CONNECT WITH ASHLEY:

Website:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/TheConstellationCoalition

Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConstellationCoalitionInsiders

Sponsor an Entrepreneur:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/sponsorship/

Fund a Scholarship:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/scholarships/

Make a Donation:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/donate/

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Compassion International

Lemonade International

Forget Me Not Ministries

World Bank

Kristen Welch of Mercy House Global

Liz Bohannon of Sseko Designs

FUND A SCHOLARSHIP

 

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028 - Brian Holland and Britt Mooney, Phoenix Roasters

028 - Brian Holland and Britt Mooney, Phoenix Roasters

October 25, 2021

Hey Change Maker!  My guests this week are Brian Holland and Britt Mooney of Phoenix Roasters.  With millions of families caught in a cycle of poverty, Phoenix Roasters provides dignified relief and hope through the sale of excellent coffee.  Phoenix literally makes the best coffee on the planet.

 

ABOUT BRIAN:

Brian Holland is the proud husband of Ginney and father of Emily and Duke, and proud father-in-law to Zach (Emily) and Sinclaire (Duke). Brian attended Samford University and finished his undergraduate degree at Mercer University. Throughout the 1990’s Brian and Ginney moved 2 times as they followed ministry opportunities to Tupelo, MS and back to Atlanta. During that time, he finished his seminary work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. After 20 years of serving as Youth Pastor of 3 churches he started the first Phoenix Community in Duluth, GA in a Pizza Pub called Pepperoni’s Tavern. At the height of the economic collapse which swept through America from 2008-2013 Brian, along with his great friends and co-founders Jeff Bagwell and Greg Sweatt launched Phoenix Roasters, Inc. #CoffeeThatMatters. This would become the revenue engine which would fund the dream to see the broken and burnt up rise up from the ashes of life both here in America and there in the coffee growing communities around the world. Recently Brian and Phoenix Pastor Britt Mooney, along with all the Phoenix Community pastors published their first book, “Say Yes. How God Sized Dreams Take Flight.” 

 

ABOUT BRITT:

Britt has been a teacher in Georgia and missionary to Korea, and now works with missional coffee company Phoenix Roasters. He is an author, and he and his wife Becca have planted a church in Suwanee, GA. 

 

ABOUT PHOENIX:

Phoenix Roasters rally cry is "Coffee That Matters," because with millions of under-resourced families caught in a cycle of poverty they can provide dignified hope and relief through the sale of excellent coffee here and in coffee growing communities around the world.

 

CONNECT WITH PHOENIX:

Website:  www.phoneixroasters.coffee

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/phoenixroasterscoffee

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/phoenixroasters

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

“Bigger Faster Leadership”

“Say Yes”

Specialty Coffee Association of America

Coffee Toffee

 

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027 - Sarah Jaekle, Sifa Collective

027 - Sarah Jaekle, Sifa Collective

October 4, 2021

Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Sarah Jaekle of the Sifa Collective.  The Sifa Collective invests in women so they can become successful small-business owners who, in turn, invest in their communities. 

 

ABOUT SARAH:  

Sarah Jaekle is the Advocacy Coordinator for Sifa Collective, a non-profit for marginalized women out of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She's passionate about helping women from all walks of life understand their worth and empowering them to find their unique voice. She and her husband reside in Cincinnati, OH but frequent their friends in Tanzania often.

 

ABOUT SIFA COLLECTIVE:

Sifa Collective’s mission is to equip marginalized women with hope in the gospel,  training in artisanal skills and the provision of tools needed to launch their own local business. We invest in women so they can become successful small-business owners who, in turn, invest in their communities. 

 

Sifa Collective is faith-based, gospel-centered and driven by a desire to see the tools of Sifa used in the hands of women, churches and businesses in Dar es Salaam and throughout East Africa. Sifa Collective has been founded on the principle of “Train, Equip  and Release.” We believe that once equipped, our students are ready and should be set free and encouraged to fly on their own. 

 

CONNECT WITH SIFA:

Website:  www.sifacollective.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SifaCollective

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sifathreads

Sifa Centers:  https://sifacollective.com/sifa-centers

Sifa Shop:  https://sifacollective.com/shop

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

When Helping Hurts

World Bank

Ashley’s Sifa Duster

 

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026 - Devin Hibbard, Street Business School

026 - Devin Hibbard, Street Business School

September 20, 2021

Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Devin Hibbard, Founder and CEO of Street Business School—an entrepreneurial training program that helps women living in poverty go from an average of $1.35 to $4.19 per day by starting their own businesses.

 

ABOUT DEVIN:

Devin Hibbard is the Founder and CEO of Street Business School—an entrepreneurial training program that helps women living in poverty go from an average of $1.35 to $4.19 per day by starting their own businesses. Through a social franchise model, Street Business School is now in over 20 countries and will reach 1 million women by 2027. 

 

Prior to Street Business School, Devin founded and led BeadforLife, a social enterprise which helped women living in poverty earn income through the production of handmade paper jewelry. BeadforLife pioneered the global cottage industry of paper jewelry, inspiring hundreds of other organizations and benefitting tens of thousands of women. Devin’s work has been featured in Entrepreneur, Barron’s, The New York Times, Oprah, The Today Show and dozens of other publications. 

 

Devin is a frequent speaker about the relationship between belief in oneself and business success.  She believes that we can end extreme poverty in our lifetimes. 

 

ABOUT STREET BUSINESS SCHOOL:

Street Business School is on a mission to end generational poverty by empowering women as entrepreneurs. As a global leader in entrepreneurship training, Street Business School equips women living in poverty with the knowledge they need to build sustainable businesses—empowering them to believe in themselves and seize opportunity. Street Business School will reach 1 million women by 2027 through an innovative social franchise model to help others bring its world-changing model to their communities. 

 

CONNECT WITH DEVIN:

Website - www.streetbusinessschool.org

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/StreetBizSchool/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/street_business_school/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/streetbizschool

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

The Chalmers Center - https://chalmers.org/

When Helping Hurts - https://chalmers.org/resources/books/when-helping-hurts/

World Bank - https://www.worldbank.org/en/home

 

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025 - Silvia Muroko, The Girl Squad

025 - Silvia Muroko, The Girl Squad

September 6, 2021

Hey friend!  My guest this week is Silvia Muroko of The Girl Squad.  The Girl Squad is a community of women seeking personal development for societal impact in Kenya.

 

ABOUT SILVIA:

Silvia is born again, 27 years old. A Kenyan native, she holds a degree in fashion marketing. She is passionate about people. She has dedicated her life to ensuring women everywhere are able to access the resources and tools they need to achieve their dreams and live out their purpose.

 

ABOUT THE GIRL SQUAD:

The Girl Squad is a community of women seeking personal development for societal impact.

 

CONNECT WITH SILVIA:

Website:  https://bit.ly/2TckI5g

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thegirlsquadke/

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Sinapis - https://www.sinapis.org/

Kubama Ministries - http://www.kubamba.com/

Kkrew Entrepreneurs Club - https://kkrewentrepreneurs.org/

Muhammad Yunus - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Yunus

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024 - Megan Fischer,  Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank

024 - Megan Fischer, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank

August 23, 2021

Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Megan Fischer of Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank.  Did you know that diapers are not covered by any type of government assistance?  Sweet Cheeks distributes over 2 million diapers to those in need in their community each year.

 

ABOUT MEGAN:

Megan started Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank in 2015 after learning diapers weren’t covered under any government assistance programs. She has grown the organization into one of the largest basic needs banks in the country, and with a team of 5 staff and hundreds of volunteers, distributes more than 2 million diapers and 550,000 period products annually from a 16,000 sq ft facility in Cincinnati. Megan is a Miami ’08 alumnae with degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing, and worked in higher-ed publishing before leaving the corporate world to run her nonprofit full-time. She currently serves on the board of Cincinnati-based nonprofit Leadership Council for Nonprofits and is on the Advisory Committee for the National Diaper Bank Network. Megan is a graduate of BOLD (Board Orientation & Leadership Development) Class 3 and a member of C-Change Class 15. 

 

ABOUT SWEET CHEEKS DIAPER BANK:

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank is one of three programs of COVERD Greater Cincinnati. Founded in 2015, Sweet Cheeks distributes over 2 million diapers a year into the community. As requests for more and different basic hygiene items came in, the organization expanded in 2018 to create Tidal Babe Period Bank, which distributes over half a million period products each year. During the pandemic, a third (and final!) program was piloted, Fly & Dry Basic Needs Bank, which serves adults with incontinence products.

 

CONNECT WITH MEGAN:

Website:  www.sweetcheeksdiaperbank.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sweetcheeksdiaperbank

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sweetcheeksdiaperscincy/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SCDBCincy/

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgGeK1i8AsQgIPkwDKi53Fg

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/sweet-cheeks-diaper-bank/

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

National Diaper Bank Network:  https://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/

211:  https://www.211.org/

We Can Do Hard Things Podcast:  http://wecandohardthingspodcast.com/

 

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023 - Rebecca Harver, HOPE International

023 - Rebecca Harver, HOPE International

August 9, 2021

Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Rebecca Harver of HOPE International.  HOPE International offers Christ-centered financial services in 15 countries around the world, combining entrepreneurship and the Gospel to fight poverty. 

 

*Host Note:  This is a long episode, but SO worth the listen!

 

ABOUT REBECCA:

Rebecca first learned about microfinance in college while working with Guinea Pig Farmers in Ecuador and instantly fell in love! Since then, she has worked in domestic microfiance with Accesity (previously Accion San Diego) and now in International microfinance with HOPE International since 2017.  She is originally from San Diego, CA and has been residing in the Dominican Republic for the last 4 years, where she met her now husband Diego. They were married in March 2021. She is passionate about poverty alleviation and empowering those whose voices are rarely heard. She sees Christ Centered financial services as a key element in a holistic approach to poverty alleviation and loves watching how as little as $50 can change a whole family's life and trajectory. 

 

ABOUT HOPE INTERNATIONAL:

HOPE International offers Christ-centered financial services in 15 countries around the world, combining entrepreneurship and the Gospel to fight poverty. HOPE's methodology is focused on women and centered around these four principles: Christ-centered training, discipleship, opportunities to safely save, and business loans. HOPE also partners with local like-minded organizations in some of the countries served to support and expand existing efforts in poverty alleviation through financial services. 

 

CONNECT WITH REBECCA:

Website:  https://www.hopeinternational.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/hopeintl/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/hope_intl/

Twitter:  @HOPEtweets

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/hope-international/

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/HOPEInternational

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Banker to the Poor

Accessity

Esperanza International

Chalmers Center

When Helping Hurts

Homes for Hope

 

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