Ardice Farrow-is the Founder of Net Effects Traders and here is a little bit about her story. At the age of 60 something I retired on purpose with the dream of serving women around the world. I had the great good fortune to go to Cambodia (which I fell in love with) to work for a non-profit organization in the capital city.
I worked for over 2 years in some of the most destitute areas of the city where hundreds of families lived on the edge of the old city dump in makeshift structures with no amenities, struggling to survive.
I got to know moms who spent the nights scavenging the streets to collect bottles and cans to recycle to make a few cents to buy food. I got to know children who did not go to school but like their mother'-s scavenged day and night to help bring in a few dollars to help feed their brothers and sisters.
During my time with non-profits I also worked with women who had fair wage jobs and I saw the freedom it gave them. Not only did they have financial freedom, they had self-confidence, pride of workmanship and the joy of knowing they could make positive choices for their children and community.
For all the good that non-profits do, I learned one thing for myself: If I wanted to have a positive and lasting impact on these women and families and give them the tools to escape generational poverty, I needed to help provide training, fair wage jobs and great working conditions.
And so - Net Effects Traders was born.
To accomplish our dream, Net Effects Traders partnered with a most extra-ordinary team in Cambodia who has been training hearing impaired, polio and landmine survivors and disenfranchised mothers and providing them with fair wage jobs and great working conditions for over a decade. In addition, they use repurposed industrial netting for the bags and totes contributing to zero waste.
It is our dream to bring fabulous, "must have", eco-friendly fashionable and durable bags to international consumers.
And to have all our customers and fans share in the joy and fun of making a difference.
In addition, Net Effects donates a portion of every sale to "Nothing But Nets", an international organization providing mosquito nets to families in need.
Net Effects Traders is building an international team of high-energy entrepreneurial women and men and conscious consumers who share a vision to bring fun, fabulously designed, carefully crafted, eco-conscious messenger bags, travel bags and totes to savvy shoppers and international markets while making a difference in the world.