The summer before my last semester of college I decided that I wanted to gain more experience in the field of marketing. Being a Psychology major, I was unsure if anyone would hire me. One day I came across a social media and marketing internship with Mission Made Jewelry. After researching the organization and learning more about their mission, I decided I would apply. Little did I know that I would soon start an internship that instantly touched my heart.
I quickly fell in love with the mission of Mission Made. Making a difference in the world has always been a passion of mine and I felt beyond blessed to be able to do that in my job every day. The Mission Made team believes that the greatest opportunity we can give someone is a job. Creating jobs for individuals in developing countries aids in orphan prevention and community development. The benefit of job creation that stands out to me the most is the fact that it keeps families together. How special it is to know Mission Made’s hard work and dedication gives parents a job that allows them to keep their children in their own home. Without a job, their children may be taken to an orphanage. It is realizations like this that motivated me in wanting to stay with Mission Made longer than my 5-month internship.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, I began working full-time as Mission Made’s Program Manager! This position has been such a blessing. Finding a job where you love to come to work every day is often rare, but I was blessed enough to have that. It has been such a pleasure being able to manage and be a part of Mission Made’s growth. The most rewarding part of my position is seeing the results our hard work and dedication produce for our artisan groups. For example, after selling and rolling out countless products, we placed a massive order with one of our artisan groups in Haiti. This order enabled them to hire more artisans to fulfill it. This artisan group has now employed over 60 artisans which is such a blessing!
I am so excited to go to Haiti in January 2018 to work one-on-one with our artisan groups and begin to form meaningful relationships with them. Seeing the direct effects of Mission Made’s efforts is going to be an incredible experience. I cannot wait to see what all is in store for Mission Made. Every day we are growing and brainstorming how we can make a bigger impact in the world. Thank you to all our followers and customers that help us make a difference by purchasing our products! We would not be able to give our artisans sustainable jobs without you. Big things are coming for Mission Made and I am so grateful to be a part of the journey!