Krista Greene of Newberry Township has always had “a heart for missions,” she said.
Her father was a pastor and she went on mission trips as a kid.
Years later, with a family to raise, Greene didn’t have the means to donate to the causes she felt compelled to support.
A few years ago, Greene attended a home party where the hostess was selling products made by impoverished women from around the world.
The necklaces, scarves and other accessories were handmade with materials local to their place of origin. A company called Trades of Hope bought the items from the women and brought them to the U.S. to sell.
Greene was struck with inspiration. This was the way for her to continue giving.
“Where do I sign up?” she said.
Greene became a Compassion Entrepreneur with the company and started holding her own parties to sell Trades of Hope products.
Greene holds at least one party a month, inviting friends and family to check out her wares and see if they’ve found anything they love.
Trades of Hope buys the products directly from the women who make them, according to its website. The women are paid up to six times the living wage for other women in their country, Greene said.
The prices at Greene’s parties reflect the time each item takes to produce.
As part of Greene’s presentation is to explain the plight of the women who make the items she sells.
“These women are struggling with poverty or were once involved with an illegal sex trade,” she said. “I showcase the products and the women who make them and what it means for them to make the products.”
“Passion pours out of me,” she said. “And it catches. I see the expressions on people’s faces. It’s an exciting mission.”
Greene’s next party is July 10.