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“’To live in clover’ is to live a good and prosperous life,” says Sam. “I believe everyone has the right to a good life, meaning good health, happiness, safety, education and opportunity. Part of Clover’s mission is to help others achieve a good life by providing economic opportunity for artisans by connecting them to a global market that values their work.”

somewhere new and different. I’m more awake, more engaged and more stimulated than when I’m at home where it’s like being on cruise control. It’s like I’ve been at home for so long that I can get from point A to point B without having to think about it much. When traveling, time slows down and everything is interesting, educational, inspiring and challenging.”

As Clover Artisans ​strives to provide economic opportunity through purchasing the artisan made goods that they then offer on their website, they are helping the artists use this money to provide for their families in terms of daily necessities and education, things that many of us take for granted. “In many cases, the artisans are women who reinvest their earnings into their families and communities. They’re able to pay for better education for their children, make improvements to their homes and enhance their personal sense of worth which is incredibly important in many parts of the world where women are not valued as equals. As Clover continues to grow, so does our impact, which is a huge motivator and driver for me.”

As the daily routine of 9-5 got to Sam, she thought more and more about how there had to be more. Longing for the day where she was inspired and motivated to get up and get to work each morning, Sam took a leap of faith and put a halt to her decade long corporate life. “Jobwise, I had been working at a tech company in San Francisco, and while I loved the people I worked with, I had this nagging feeling that there was something missing, like there was more to life than this grind. I knew I wanted to do work that had an impact and contributed something positive. Simply collecting a paycheck doesn’t get me out of bed each day. I reached a point where I knew it was time to move on from my job, and if I didn’t go travel at that time, then I would never do it. So, I took the leap! While traveling, I tried not to think about my next career move and just enjoy the adventure, but I knew in the back of mind that I didn’t want to go back to the 9-5 (more like 8-7) grind again. I’m a very independent person and loved the idea of starting my own business. Plus, I love a challenge and figuring things out. Running my own​ business was something I had thought about for a long time but never felt ready for, but I don’t think anyone really feels ready. It’s like so many things in life - you have to start before you’re ready.”

Fueled by her passion to explore the world and learn about new cultures and customs, Sam left her corporate job to embark on her worldly journey, the seven month trip that sparked her idea for Clover Artisans in the first place. With a mother from Scotland and annual childhood journeys visiting family overseas, Sam was accustomed to the art of travel which helped motivate her to take her initial jump into the journey. “With my mother being from Scotland, travel has always been a part of my life. From my earliest days, we traveled every year to visit family overseas. I love the feeling of being

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izzie + sky // issue 09  

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