Good morning, folks. It's a somber day. Yesterday a mutual friend--of Chuck's and mine--and his fiance were dealt quite a blow. Their home went up in flames early Wednesday morning, one day after returning from Africa with the fair trade goods they were to sell in launching their business. They're the founders of a fair trade lingerie company, Cherie Amie, which helps seamstresses in Cameroon as well as providing loans for African women to start their own businesses.
Read more about this story from a local Dallas news station. Visit Cherie Amie's Facebook page here. You can also view the Indiegogo campaign they used to help start their business here.
I'm not sure yet how those who adore Tara and Ryan and their efforts will organize to help. But for now, if you're moved to donate to this couple please contact me directly. We would love to be able to put together a little something for them whether it's donations of clothing and personal items or cash. They are two of the most selfless and deserving people we know and we couldn't ignore their story and their plight. I hope you'll feel the same!
Contact me here with donations, inquiries, fundraising ideas, or best wishes for this couple and their business...
Thank you to Chuck for bringing this situation to my attention, and for being a good friend to Ryan, Tara, and others.