WE WERE ETHICAL FASHION WHEN ETHICAL FASHION WASN’T COOL.
Compassionate Capitalism. Ethical Fashion. Social Entrepreneurship. Fair Trade. Living wage. These are all terms that have, of late, become buzzwords.
At Mi Esperanza, since 2004 social justice for women has always been our aim. Our sole focus. We were ethical when ethical wasn’t cool.
In Honduras, the vast majority of women have to fight for what comes so easily to most women in the developed world. Life in the developing world is tough, unkind and generally unjust. For 13 years we have provided education, free of charge, to un-educated and underemployed women in Honduras to give them a “leg up”. To provide them with HOPE and opportunity.
13 years later, we are literally bursting at the seams with opportunity for our graduates and new students. 2014 has been a year of harvest. So often we hear of the “overnight success”, the entertainer who bursts onto the scene with little known previous fanfare. We all know that most often, years of work likely went into the making of that “overnight success.” And so it is with Mi Esperanza. All of our hard work in previous years, along with your support, is now culminating into fresh, new opportunities as U.S. fashion label after U.S. fashion label have approached us and asked us to produce their goods.
We are currently producing goods in the sewing workshop and our jewelry studio for 7 U.S. labels. This allows us to employ over 70 women seasonally to produce these goods. It is our fervent desire to employ these and more on a year-round basis, and we believe it is immanent.
As we look forward to more and more opportunities moving forward, we want to thank you so much for your belief in us when ethical wasn’t “cool”. Thank you for your prayer support and for standing with us financially.
2014 welcomed a new board member to the Mi Esperanza team, E.A. Lepine. E.A. started working with Mi Esperanza as a summer intern in 2008. She quickly fell in love with our mission and our people and continued to come back to Honduras to work with product development for Mi Esperanza. EA now runs a small clothing company and employs the Mi Esperanza maquila for the production of her line. EA has a passion for the growth of the program and brings a young and innovative personality to the Mi Esperanza board. E.A. is married to her husband James and they live in Denver, CO.