In s p i re d B y L i f e Laura Mullen (right), president of HumanKind Fair Trade’s board of directors, with LynAnne Wiest (left).Photo courtesy of Heather Gray Photography
With global products that are handcrafted, handpicked, and fairly traded, HumanKind Fair Trade is establishing what it means to live lavishly in a new light. It has been 10 years since this storefront opened its doors to the public. With a Board of Directors and nearly 25 local volunteers, the journey of this non-profit retail store continues to make a global impact. “Our volunteers are so invested in our store and I think that’s a beautiful part about this organization,” said LynAnne Wiest, store manager of HumanKind Fair Trade. “By
having volunteers that are truly passionate about fair trade, we are connecting the global community directly to SLO.” As an ally to artisans around the globe, LynAnne has worked alongside remarkable individuals with extraordinary stories to tell. Whether it be the handwoven baskets, quirky home decor, handcrafted jewelry, sustainably-produced garden decor, or cleverly created greeting cards, LynAnne says every item has a story. With that, every story includes artisans committed to making a difference.
Empowering Women In Ghana Being in San Luis Obispo, it may seem like a far reach to make a difference in a community on the other side of the globe. However, with communities like Global Mamas, making a difference is as easy as purchasing the products created by these entrepreneurial women. Global Mamas works with about 300 women in Ghana making batik fabric, sewing garments, and glass-beaded jewelry. “When you purchase an item created by the Global Mamas community, you are supporting
Global Mamas artisan, Faustina, showcasing her handcrafted bracelets. Photo courtesy of Global Mamas
Living Lavishly Vol. 9 showcases the local resources, talent and expertise we have here in the Central Coast of California.