Note: This is Story 2 of a two-part series on the topic of job creation. Story 1 focused on a new organization called Jobs4America that is focused on creating 100,000 customer service jobs in the United States by 2013. Story 2 involves a single individual who, as you read this, is following through on a commitment to help complete strangers in a country thousands of miles from her home.
Story 2 – The Hope Project India
The Hope Project India is an international story of job/skill creation. Gretchen McLaren is a jeweler from North Carolina. She has traveled to India with the goal of setting up a jewelry making studio at an orphanage for girls. While there she will teach the girls of the orphanage as well as some of the village women the marketable skill of jewelry making. Gretchen will spend six months in India with the ultimate goal of her Hope Project India being that the girls and women that she teaches will then have a sustainable and green jewelry business that will give them a means to provide for themselves going forward. Gretchen will bring the jewelry back to the United States and will market and sell the jewelry for the women. All proceeds will go directly back to the women in India. If all goes well, she hopes to eventually replicate this business model with a total of 16 orphanages.
Wow! This is an incredible story. I am inspired by Gretchen’s determination and desire to help! I really like this because it is an international story. It reminds me that there are people all over the world that need help in so many different ways and it is so great to see that Gretchen is reaching out in a very personal way to help this group of girls and women in India. On her website Gretchen states that it satisfies her soul to be a maker of things. Well now Gretchen is not only making beautiful jewelry she is also making jobs! All I can say is “Awesome!”. Gretchen’s story has already begun. She recently arrived in India and has started to visit some of the orphanages and is in the initial phase of setting up the first studio!
To follow Gretchen’s Hope Project Story as it unfolds:
Main Website: The Hope Project India
or on Facebook: The Hope Project India
Jobs4America and The Hope Project India are two great examples of people coming up with innovative ways to create jobs. Do you know of other examples? If so, I would love to hear about them! Is there anything that you can do to help create jobs? Is there something you are already doing? If so, I would love to hear about that too!