What do green smoothies and mushrooms have to do with each other you ask? Well…a lot! The other week we had an exhibit in Florida on our market-driven, community led enterprise solutions, including our Mushroom Cultivation project, at a conference called, “The Gathering.” While there, we handed out samples of delicious smoothies thanks to our awesome partner, Simple Green Smoothies. Jen Hansard, the owner and founder of this company, brought her whole family to join us for a day at the conference. She had an immediate connection to World Hope when she heard about our Mushroom Cultivation program in Cambodia. We have been helping women set up a mushroom farm as a way to provide food and resources for their family and ultimately to transform their community into a place of hope. In a similar way, Jen wrote a book and opened a business of her own as a way to help transform her family’s health and transform the lives of others through better nutrition. Both projects involve empowered women empowering others and revolve around #plantpower.
Isn’t it wonderful how simple life can be? A business woman in Cambodia has an immediate connection with a business woman in Florida. We are all in this journey together. And when we collaborate, partner, and share our stories, fantastic synergy takes place. Jen committed Simple Green Smoothies to donating $10,000 in 2018 for this project, which was enough to help 10 families start their own mushroom house with the opportunity to double their income. She just returned from a trip to Cambodia with her team and from what I’ve seen so far, it’s been an incredible experience that I’m sure you’ll hear more about!
So what about you? What does your life have to do with the life of another person across the globe? More than you might realize… Opportunity. Dignity. Hope. That’s what it’s all about!