You Go, Girlfriend!
Seven years ago, Stacey Edgar didn’t have a passport. Or a business plan. But what she did have was an insatiable desire to help women in need worldwide and a $2,000 tax return. She knew that of the 1.3 billion people living on less than $1 per day, 70% are women. Today, this Littleton-based mom has turned Global Girlfriend, her homegrown business that specializes in handmade, fairly traded, eco-conscious apparel, accessories, and items made by women all over the world, into a million dollar enterprise. And she’s sharing this incredible story of one woman’s dream with her girlfriends around the world. Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide is Stacey’s inspiring story of following her convictions, starting a company, and meeting the women she wants so desperately to help, as well as her passionate argument for simple actions we can all take to eliminate extreme poverty. Part memoir, part business book, and part analysis of fair trade and the global economy, Global Girlfriends follows Stacey’s struggles and triumphs to change the world for poor women all over. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and most importantly, it will make you think. And while the big O’s book club may be a thing of the past, Stacey has created her own Book Club Challenge that we think is simply fabulous. Following the book’s (and Stacey’s) mantra of Start Small, Dream Big, Change Lives, Edgar encourages women to read her book as a group and discuss their own collective visions for the changes they wish to see in the world. From hosting a local food or clothing drive; to sponsoring a sister of Women for Women International, the sky is the limit, with no task too small or too big. “The important thing,” she says, “is to follow your passions and work together.” Once your group has made its mark on the community, share your story with Stacey, who will post it on her author’s blog to help motivate others. Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide, St. Martin’s Press, www.staceyedgar.com or to view Stacey’s collection of women-made, fair trade, eco-friendly gifts and apparel, visit www.globalgirlfriend.com.