From Tropical Mangos to Sunny Main Streets: How Mango + Main Is Making a Difference

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Photos |  Mango and Main

Recently I discovered a boutique called Mango + Main. (Shoutout to Instagram for taking online shopping to a whole new level.) The idea they promote is that products made by artisans in areas where mangos grow can be sent to the main streets of America.

When I saw that M+M sells only fair-trade products, my interest was peaked. I’m all for this type of work! Not only do the profits received from the purchase of these products go back to the artisans who made them, the products they create and produce are absolutely beautiful. These artisans desire to earn profit to better their communities, support their families, and thwart a life of poverty. You can read more about the artisans from all over the world that make these incredible, handcrafted products here.

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Mango + Main’s business is so much bigger than themselves. Each purchase, no matter how big or small, makes a difference in the artisans’ lives. So while the consumer receives authentically-created, intricately designed products, the artisans are supported in their work. M+M is making a beautiful relationship possible in this way.

I believe it’s worth spreading the word about companies who are doing business like this. Not only do these kinds of businesses give back, they remind us of the importance in doing so in our day-to-day lives and inspire us to remember to serve and put others first. I’ve linked the bags and keychain I have (and love!), plus some of my favorite M+M pieces below. You can click the picture or the caption to read a description of the product, who makes it, and where it comes from. Also, you can use code REBECCALEECURRY10 for 10% off your purchase! Shipping is a $6 flat fee, and purchases over $75 receive free shipping.

 

Tasseled Pouches

Tasseled Pouches, set of 3 | $32

Keychain

Fabric Keychain | $4

Bold Stripe Kitchen & Hand Towels

Bold Stripe Kitchen & Hand Towels | $30

Large Wola Nani Bowl

Large Wola Nani Bowl | available in 3 sizes and 3 patterns | $18

Wola Nani Bowls - set of 3

Wola Nani Bowl, set of 3 | available in 3 patterns | $34

Pillow

Cusco Alpaca Pillow Covers | $62

Leather Leaf Earrings

Leather Leaf Earrings | available in multiple colors | $28

Beaded Cuff - white

Beaded Cuff, white | available also in black and red | $24

Wristlet

Ruffled Wristlet | $36


I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Acts 20:35

 

Why We Should Care About Compassion

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When I started my blog, I didn’t know what shape I wanted it to take. Honestly, I still don’t. However, I did know this: I believe in the power, the need, and the importance of one’s voice. It matters. And as it turns out, I have a lot to say. (For more on this, see my first post – or subscribe the right of this page! —->> )

What I have found since creating my blog is that I want my writing to have purpose. I like teaching, and I think my writing is evidence of this, too. It’s usually easiest to integrate my faith into my writing as well. The bottom line? I want to use my voice to encourage and inspire.

I also want to come alongside others to support them in following their passions and doing good work. Collaborating with others in this pursuit is so helpful! In this spirit, I’ll occasionally be posting about Compassion International after having joined their network of bloggers. My goal in doing this is to help be a voice for children who are desperately in need and raise awareness of some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

I first learned about Compassion at a young age. My youth minister and his wife led my youth group in sponsoring a child through Compassion. We’d give money to send to him, and he’d often times write back to us. There were so many valuable lessons taught to us through this process, namely the importance of giving and caring for others. That’s my first memory of this organization.

Later, after college, I learned more about Compassion from my parents’ church since they’re advocates of the organization, and my parents got involved with the organization as well. (Role models at their best right there.) I was wowed by the organization’s ability to radiate compassion in the truest sense of the word. They literally just long to suffer with, respond to, and feel for these children who are in dire need in such poverty-stricken countries.

Today, several Compassion bloggers are traveling to Kenya and staying through June 9th with a mission of sharing their hearts from that part of the world. Their ultimate goal, as is Compassion’s, is to release children from poverty and spread the Good News. You can follow along with their trip hereCompassion’s mission statement reads, “In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.” You can read more about Compassion here also.

While we may be worlds apart, we can help those in need elsewhere. I’m looking forward to writing more about this sweet, caring organization. If you have a story to share about an experience you had with Compassion or a similar organization, feel free to share it below in the comments or drop me a note on my Contact page. I’d love to hear from you!

When they cry out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.
Exodus 2:27b