My Story

About Me

My name is Kim Brannon. I am a substitute teacher from Greenville, Il.  I started selling fairly traded handicrafts 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 has a story.

In addition to selling, I enjoy sharing the stories of the artisans and how the products are made.  I give educational talks to increase awareness of the needs of women and children living in extreme poverty.

I also offer opportunities for women and men here in the states to help support the livelihoods of the underesourced by purchasing ‘Gifts With Stories.’ 

I currently sponsor 4 Burundian orphans with some of my sales.  

My mission is to enable women and orphans in developing countries to rise up out of extreme poverty and become self-sufficient, contributing members of their communities by selling their livelihood projects. 
Through sales of handcrafted livelihood projects and promotional presentations I support several non-profit organizations helping to provide jobs, education, medical care, food, and housing to some of the world's poorest people.
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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.

  •      We promote the cause of widows and orphans by providing opportunities for widow and child sponsorship.
  •      We offer presentations to schools, churches, and civic organizations to create awareness and enlist involvement.
  •      We support the establishment and growth of micro-enterprise endeavors through networking and fair trade handicraft sales.
  •      We network only with organizations who share a common mission with us and  have validated connections with the artisans to                 insure life giving fair trade.

     Lives are changed when you BUY or  DONATE.

 Our artisans use their money to provide basic needs for their families: 
food, medical care, clothing, housing, and education. 
 Thank you for helping by shopping with purpose. 
 Every purchase makes a difference!

About our name and logo: 

The name of the business was created to be symbolic of the ' Economic Stability and Life' (Roots and Streams)
that results when people have a sustainable income.  

The business name and logo were also created with the following Bible verse in mind:               

"Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
They 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."
 - Jeremiah 17:7-8  
I believe that a strong Christian faith foundation creates stability, enabling life and hope to flow out to others.

Life Gives Life!

 Supported Organizations 

We network and partner with existing non-profit organizations to promote poverty reduction programs.
Sister Connection is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to the healing of Burundian war widows and orphans, restoring their dignity, and offering hope for their futures. We provide assistance through monthly sponsorships, the building of homes, and special funding in emergency situations. Sponsorship monies are provided directly to the widows with a personal, self-help approach. Sister Connection is for all widows, regardless of ethnicity or religious affiliation.   

Hope Institute of Uganda
Partners for Just Trade
Set Free/Edens Glory
Free Methodist World Missions/SEED
St. Martha's Ministry

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