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Our Mission is to end world poverty in this lifetime.
Our Vision is a world where everyone has the chance to prosper. If 4.5 million women can sell 6.9 billion dollars of Avon products, imagine what 4.5 million women could do by selling crafts to improve the lives of the poorest people in the world.
Our Values are:
Empowerment of the world's poor, especially women. Research shows that when a woman is empowered to support herself, the entire community benefits.
Compassion for those suffering from extreme poverty; for those who do not have the capability to sustain themselves or their families.
Partnership with capable, powerful women from around the world who, even in the midst of poverty, violence, terror and loss, are creating beauty and hope with their crafts.
Fostering Community both here in the United States and in regions devastated by war, famine, disease and poverty.
Commitment to sustainable development, fair trade and fair wages, training and support, long-term solutions and projects.
Education about the true face of poverty, the similarities we all share as women, as people, and about the real ability to be part of the solution.
Equality for women, both economically and socially, and for the people of the developing world who should have access to the same resources and opportunities as the developed world.
Rising International aims to end world poverty by enabling women, the world's poorest people, to participate in the global economy.
Rising promotes ownership of craft-based businesses by women in impoverished areas of developed nations, and, globally, in developing nations. Our focus is primarily on women in the highest risk situations such as those in refugee camps, those with HIV/AIDS, homeless women, displaced immigrants, former slaves, or those in war-torn regions.
By selling their handmade crafts, and sharing their life stories, impoverished women can reach out to the rest of the world ...not for charity, but for a chance.
The women's crafts are sold through Rising's home party network. This popular and successful model for selling is used by organizations such as Mary Kay, Pampered Chef and Southern Living. By hosting a Rising International home party, you can help impoverished women all over the world rise out of poverty.
Some of the items Rising promotes are traditional crafts - like baskets made by grandmothers in Uganda who have lost their sons and daughters to AIDS. Some are new craft lines created for the Western market - like silk purses and scarves woven by widows in Cambodia.
To date, Rising has helped women and families in 45 countries move toward a more sustainable livelihood.
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