Posted on 01 July 2020
We write this blog in a time of national grief, confusion, division, uncertainty, and political discord. It is in light of the injustice, pain, and desire for change that we want to speak on how all of us as consumers living in an active marketplace can use our purchasing power for good; for change.
We have the opportunity to advocate with our words and with our actions. In fact, our desire for change in the lives of the artisan women we work with is what started our business. For those of you who are new around here or have been following along for years, MyFight has been in business to end poverty by sustaining jobs for women around the world for over five years now. Since our genesis, MyFight has cultivated a marketplace for women who lack equal opportunity for work in their home countries.
Let’s use the small jewelry workshop we partner with in Kora, Ethiopia for instance. Located in central Ethiopia, this town is riddled with poverty and shocking homelessness. Gelila, a young woman who has worked most of her life to cultivate her business, Lila Products, desires to provide employment opportunities to HIV positive women in the area who wouldn’t otherwise be offered work. Due to the extreme social barriers and systematic prejudice toward women and the lack of education and suspicion around HIV, the 10+ women who work as jewelers for Lila Products are truly over-comers.
However, their success as a business, like any other business in a capitalistic society, is determined by supply and demand. Given the barriers of poverty and social inequality stated above, there is not a steady or reliable marketplace in the region for these women to sell their products, hence, the birth of MyFight. We created this business to be a bridge between artisan women and a sustainable western marketplace.
We are not the solution, however; you are. You, the consumer, have the power to sustain jobs for artisan women and to fight alongside them as they fight for themselves. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” John 13:34 says, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” We are called to bear one another’s burdens and stand up for injustice in love. Our words are powerful, undoubtedly, but our actions create change. Specifically, love expressed as an action creates change.
So we ask you: how are you loving in action? How are you spending your time and your money? How are you creating change in the lives of others around you? We humbly ask you, in a prayerful desire to see change in the lives of the oppressed women we work with, to consider #joiningthefight and telling others to do the same.