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Artisan Profile: Meet Eh La Paw

Apr 15, 2014 9:45:37 PM

Meet the lovely and brave Eh La Paw, our sister from Burma

15th April 2014 by Kathy Wilkins

The following is THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS called “FULL CIRCLE SISTERHOOD” in a partnership with Full Circle Exchange and Brave Girls Club as part of an initiative to help marginalized women around the world and right here in the USA.

Eh La Paw - Refugee Story

I would love for you to meet Eh La Paw…..a remarkable woman with a brave and beautiful story, and so very much to teach us….Eh La Paw is close to my own age, and so as we sat and talked with her and asked her questions about her life, I couldn’t help but think about how much we are alike, but how different our paths have been. I felt so thankful that through some crazy twist of fate, our paths have crossed at this moment in time. We feel honored to tell her story…the brave things that she has done and what a hero she is.

Eh La is a quiet woman with a warm smile and wise eyes…maybe a little shy. Her country of birth is Burma, a country that has been torn by civil war for her whole life. When she was 12, her parents told her there was a military group that had attacked her village and that it was no longer safe to be there. Her family was evacuated to a village on the border called Methowa. For five years they lived in Methowa, and then when she was 17, the Burmese military came and attacked again…and this time her family fled across the border into Thailand where she and her father settled into a refugee camp. Sadly her mother and two brothers didn’t survive the evacuation…she didn’t seem to want to talk about that.

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Full Circle Exchange Giveaway #9

Apr 12, 2014 11:36:54 AM

LET YOURSELF FLY - Full Circle Exchange Mother's Day Giveaway #9. SHARE AND COMMENT and you will have a chance to win a set of four gorgeous ceramic mugs. Each mug is designed by Melody Ross and paired with a handmade collectible charm lovingly made by a Full Circle Exchange artisan. Infusing art and connection with a passion to empower women. Jeanette

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Mother's Day Cards - Job Readiness Program for Refugees

08th April 2014 by Melody Ross

In 2013 Full Circle Exchange was invited by top executives to launch its innovative social brand nationally in over 2700 Walmart stores for Mother’s Day 2014. Over the last six months Full Circle Exchange has had the honor and privilege to employee over 1200 women from across the globe in six countries including the U.S. The product will be available April 22nd through May 11th. Our Mothers Day gift products were deigned by our friend and fabulous artist Melody Ross and assembled by at-risk women from countries all over the world! The collection features scarves, aprons, hand-made cards, gift bs, mugs, bags and other items.


Full Circle Exchange is developing a powerful Job Readiness pilot program to empower women at risk to rise out of poverty through sustainable economic opportunities. That means JOBS…work to do to support themselves and their families. For the last 5 months they have had the honor to work with over 1000 women from the U.S. and around the world.

Boise, Idaho, is one of over 200 resettlement communities across the U.S providing safe haven to refugees from war torn countries across the world. Nearly 6,000 individuals from 35 countries call Boise their home.

Full Circle Exchange’s Job Readiness pilot program assists local refugees in providing immediate income and developing daily hands-on skills, such as team building, problem solving, attendance, positive attitude, language acquisition and creative thinking.

Women from this group have been employed and trained to assemble the beautiful products such as coffee mugs, jewelry and greeting cards that will be offered by Walmart this Mother’s Day!

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Ending violence against girls and women

Feb 10, 2014 6:33:00 PM

Violence against girls and women still occurs in staggering proportions. We know that one in three women around the globe will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.

In the United States, the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 15 and 44 is domestic violence. An estimated 500,000 to 2 million people, mainly girls and women, are trafficked each year. Worldwide we see that the instability and lawlessness of wartime has severe and brutal consequence for girls and women, and their vulnerability to violence.

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Rwanda - Empowering Women in Design


Full Circle Exchange is a non profit social enterprise dedicated to empowering women at risk and survivors of human trafficking out of of poverty by creating sustainable economic opportunities. By focusing on poverty reduction through training, job creation, improved incomes, and access to global markets, we believe that, when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Over a year ago, we had the good fortune to meet two women entrepreneurs from Rwanda, sisters, with incomparable strength, faith, and determination. Having been victims, and now survivors of the Rwandan genocide, their organization of 4,000+ women artisans is a true testament to the power of women to overcome horrendous obstacles and to create new opportunities. Through a collaborative partnership, we have developed a new line of products that meet U.S. consumer trends and utilize the skills, materials and designs that are indigenous to Rwandans.

The artisan crafts each one-of-a-kind basket by hand. Enjoy as wall art, table centerpieces and fruit bowls. Each item comes with an hang tag signed by the artisan who created this work. Click to shop now.

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