August 13, 2015

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Zoe Schumm founder 4 All HumanityDo you know Zoe? She's one of those double-major / double-minor-type students determined to change the world. While studying fashion design in college, Zoe also explored global issues including fair trade, workers' rights and supply chains. She's the kind of person who believes that anyone can make a difference. And she hopes you do too!

Zoe is also a talented fashion designer. Before joining the fair trade movement, Zoe worked for a major fashion design company and was frequently sought after to design custom bridal gowns. It was then that she realized that her biggest impact on the world could be through her fabric and business decisions.

In 2012, Zoe and her husband, Joshua, launched a new brand, 4 All Humanity. The company combines Zoe's eye for fashion with her love for all things global. Zoe & Joshua work with artisans in Guatemala and connect them to the global market, and provide technical assistance to help their small business grow.

Receiving a fair, livable wage empowers artisans to hone their craft and change their lives. Thanks to Fair Trade principles, artisans working with 4 All Humanity are able to earn more than they would at another job in their community. This translates to greater investment in their families and their neighborhoods.

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you'll explore 4 All Humanity's online shop and look through our shelves for unique, one-of-a-kind lovelies. Thank you for your support!
 

 

#smartisbeautiful: Sakshi Edition

This past spring we invited some pretty awesome and inspiring women into our studio to talk about #smartisbeautiful. Over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing with you their personal stories, how they define beauty, why education is important and what made them want to get involved with 4 All Humanity.

 

SAKSHI PAHWA: Research engineer

Sakshi, is quite and makes the most out of her words. She doesn't like to make a fuss about herself, even though she is breaking female stereotypes by being in a male dominated field. She is an intellectual type with a colorful story to tell.

 

What is beauty to you?
Beauty is the quality of being accepting, non-judgmental and compassionate. Caring for and loving people, irrespective of where they come from, what they do and who they are, makes a person beautiful.

What is education important?
Education brings awareness and empowerment. It helps us be independent. It helps us know the world we live in and gives us a different perspective to look at life. Education is not just lessons in textbooks; it is about lessons of life. It builds character.

What would you say to a girl in Guatemala going to school for the first time?
I would tell her that the world is one step closer to becoming a better place because she chose this path. I would encourage her to make the best use of this opportunity to help herself and eventually help society.

 

Tell us your education story or what beauty means to you. #smartisbeautiful {Empowered women, empower others}


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