My Story

About Me

I started selling fairly traded crafts in 2010 after two friends from two different countries asked me to help sell handmade items to help women and orphans. Recycled paper jewelry from Jinja, Uganda, and silk brocade handbags from South China were the main products I sold at local events, churches, and homes.  I've gradually added more products as the business has grown.  Each item is uniquely made and provides income for artisans in developing countries.

My motivation for starting the business was to generate income to pay the monthly sponsorship I began in 2009 for my Sister Connection widow, Genevieve, in Burundi. 

I soon surpassed my goal and was able to earn enough to sponsor a little girl in India through Childcare Ministries (ICCM). After Genevieve passed away in 2012 her home became an ‘orphan led home’ and I committed to maintain my sponsorship to care for her 5 orphans. It has been a blessing to keep in touch with them.

In addition to selling, I enjoy sharing the stories of the artisans and how the products are made.  I give educational talks to inform, teach, create awareness, and inspire others to find creative ways to generate income to help those in need.  I believe anyone can make a difference and bring 'life' to others. 

To hear more of my story, the stories of the artisans and orphans, and my mission trips invite me to speak to your group.

More Information

Click here to read about the bead making process.
Click here to read about the artisans.

  Through networking, promotion, and sales
      we help provide ‘stability and life’ (Roots and  
Streams) to some of the world’s poorest people.

Why Roots-n-Streams? 

     I named my business Roots-n-Streams because I wanted a name that would symbolize two things:

1-    Stability and Life 
When I sell the gifts I am helping provide economic stability (roots) to artisans in developing countries by selling their handmade crafts.  This allows them to flow ‘streams’ of life out to others.

2-    Faith symbols
I believe that when we are rooted and grounded in Christ, we can bring streams of life to others.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

Isaiah 58:10-11
If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.


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