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lookout when traveling. The people, architecture and history were incredible and so inspiring. Reading about a place is one thing, but visiting and experiencing it first hand is completely different. I was a terrible history student but I love learning about the history of a place when I’m traveling there in person. Cubans are incredibly friendly and resilient and resourceful. We’d visit people’s homes and nothing has changed in 50 years. They’ve had to make the same furniture, appliances, bicycles – whatever it is – work for all of these years because they can’t simply go out and buy new things. It’s impressive to see that type of resourcefulness in our age of disposable items, where things aren’t built to last but to force you to buy new every few years. It’s a reminder that buying fewer quality items that will last a long time is really important for protecting our planet’s resources and spending less money. Cubans may not have much in terms of material possessions, but they have a strong connection to family and friends, and that’s what’s most important in life.” Through Sam’s time with Clover Artisans, she has been able to carry so many different kinds of intriguing goods, noting some of her favorites. “My favorites include our gourdshaped Ghana baskets. Each one is different and every time I get a shipment of them, I want to keep them all! I also love the Batonga baskets from Zimbabwe and am planning to do a wall of them in our house. Our new indigo throws and pillows are beautiful, and I’m a sucker for anything blue and white! Plus, I love our colorful wax print clutches. I always have one with me, whether I’m traveling or enjoying a night out.” With 2016 in the dust and 2017 already a

month over, Sam has specific plans set in stone for the remainder of this year that will keep Clover Artisans going in the direction where it needs to be. “I’m excited for 2017. 2016 was a big year for learning, and I’m looking forward to applying those lessons this year. Learning to focus is one of the biggest challenges because as a solo-preneur, I have very limited resources. It’s tempting to try to be everywhere, but it’s just not possible to be everywhere and do it well. 2017 will be all about focus, positive intentions and continuing to grow the business slow and steady. One of the rewarding aspects of starting Clover is meeting other female business owners and being inspired by their accomplishments. I want to continue to build on those relationships and on this network of inspirational people. I’m also planning to expand our philanthropic efforts to include volunteering during sourcing trips to further connect with the communities with which we work. I’m also planning to launch a few products under the Clover label, which has been part of my vision from the beginning. This will help us connect with new customers and increase our exposure to help build the brand. I also want to collaborate and attend more inperson events to connect with customers. I’m still finalizing my travel plans for 2017. Right now there are a few countries in East and West Africa I’m researching, as well as a possible trip to Southeast Asia. I traveled in SEA a few years ago (not for sourcing) and was drawn to their incredible textiles, and would love to add some of them to our line.” This year will be a big one, and Clover Artisans isn’t planning on slowing down anytime soon.

Photo by: Ian Hanson

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