Just under 2 two years ago, Peace by Piece was coming together in my mind.
After finishing the Share Cookbook, I knew I wanted to continue working with women and youth in disenfranchised communities around the globe. I was super compelled to help artisans who had creative talent and a limited, local market for their products. At the same time, here in Silicon Valley, I heard business people talking more and more about wanting to have a social impact, and discussing the triple bottom line (or, the 3Ps – people, planet and profits). I knew the time was right to build a bridge between corporations and artisans that needed a hand up (not a hand out).
It was when my friend, Kaajal Narain, co-founder of @First Chop, asked me to help her develop a meaningful gift for her customers, that Peace by Piece was officially born. Five months after our first chat, Kaajal and I travelled to Rwanda together.
Since that time, we have partnered with communities of women and young artisans who have been victims of war, sex trafficking, natural disasters, and some of the harshest trials that life can dish out. Peace by Piece is now working with gorgeous makers in Guatemala, Kosovo, India, Nepal, Rwanda, Haiti and in the US. Our corporate gifts range from kitenge luggage tags to leather laptop bags and earbud holders made from upcycled innertubes… all made by artisans who want to be known for their skill and not the horrors of their past.
This week we are celebrating a big milestone. We’ve been selected to exhibit at the Watermark Conference on Friday, January 22, 2019! #WatermarkConf. Peace by Piece was just one of only 57 exhibitors selected!! Headliners include @BreneBrown, @GloriaSteinem, and @SerenaWilliams. 8,000 attendees expected (sell out crowd!). Come by and see me and @Morgan Wiley, one of my fabulous business advisors, at Booth 602. We’ve got so many beautiful gifts for you to see. We would love to meet you. No matter what, just come say hello, and celebrate with us!