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Fair Trade Jewelry and Ethical Fashion

The Journey of a Bicycle with 88bikes and Trades of Hope

by | Artisans, Fashion as a Force for Good, Founders, Gifts of Hope, Missions

Girls finding freedom and independence through transportation in Cambodia.

Imagine a world where distance no longer dictates one’s destiny.

This is the world 88bikes strives to create. With every bicycle donated, a door opens to education, employment, and empowerment. These bikes are more than just a means of transportation; they are vessels of hope, carrying dreams and aspirations to new heights.

 

Through our collaboration, we’ve had the privilege of gifting hundreds of bicycles to girls and young women, enabling them to travel to school, work, and beyond with dignity and safety. The impact of each bike extends far beyond its wheels, fostering independence, education, and joy among recipients. I was so blessed to be able to spend a day with 88Bikes in Cambodia several years ago.

Girls finding freedom and independence through transportation in Cambodia.
Girls finding freedom and independence through transportation in Cambodia.

 

As one of my favorite charities, I continue to find the organization and the process deeply personal and empowering. 88bikes not only delivers bicycles but also ensures that recipients receive proper training on bike maintenance and safety, promoting a sense of ownership and responsibility. This holistic approach underlines the belief in the potential of these young women to steer their own course toward a brighter future.

This milestone serves as a reminder of the ripple effect of every choice we make. By choosing Trades of Hope, you’re part of a movement that values dignity, equality, and sustainability. You’re making a statement that fashion, business, and philanthropy can go hand in hand, transforming the industry and the lives it touches.

Looking Forward with Hope

 

Surpassing $1 million in giving is a momentous occasion, and it’s only the beginning. The road ahead is filled with opportunities to make an even greater impact, one gift at a time. Whether it’s through supporting Fair Trade, advocating for women helping women, or spreading the word about the power of 88bikes, we invite you to continue this incredible journey with us.

 

 

 

 

Together, we can build a world where every woman has the tools and opportunities to shape her own destiny.

Join us in celebrating this milestone and in forging a path toward a more equitable, empowered, and sustainable future.

Thank you for being an integral part of this movement. Your support has changed lives, and together, we will continue to be a force for good in the world.

 

 

You can continue to support 88Bikes through the purchase of our Bicycle Necklaces.

Ten dollars from every Bicycle Necklace purchase is given directly to 88bikes.

 

Thank you for being an integral part of this movement. Your support has changed lives, and together, we will continue to use Fashion as a Force for Good in the world.

Light and Love,

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Barbara DeSouza

Barbara DeSouza

Barb has held several roles at Trades of Hope in the past 8+ years, but none fit this entrepreneur's style like her role in our Marketing/Communications team. Best known as her alter-ego, "Barbara Hope" in the Partners' Facebook world, Barb infuses quirky dry humor to punctuate her posts and can also be found lightening tensions with a well-placed sarcastic GIF when the group's collective estrogen level is peaking. 😉 She is passionate about coffee, grammar, music, creating, and is utterly smitten with her grandbabies, who teach her to slow down and be present for the blessings while they remind her why creating a better future falls on the shoulders of each one of us.