At Come Together Trading we believe in the importance and dignity of every human life.
We believe everyone should have a chance for an education, safe and fair working conditions, and the opportunity to live out their dreams.
We believe no one should ever have to drink contaminated water, go hungry, die of treatable diseases, or be forced to do terrible things against their will.
We also believe there are many ways we can "Come Together" to make our world a better place.
We believe that doing honest and fair business together with people who are struggling can provide them with the tools and income they need to realize their dreams.
Our goal is to bring people together. To bring you together with small micro business artisans tucked away in far corners of the world. Places where there is very little market for them to sell their goods. By purchasing their products you are directly helping create and sustain jobs for them, which positively impacts all other areas of their life.
We were first exposed to extreme poverty up close and very personal while traveling to Africa with Compassion International back in 2009. That trip completely changed our lives and opened our eyes to the fact that there's a great big world out there, and it's very different from ours.
We met so many amazing and incredible people who, although they were living in poverty, were filled with such joy, faith, and love that we quickly realized we were the ones who were poor.
Many of the women in the small humble churches we visited had set up tables and were selling beautiful hand crafted items they had made. By purchasing their items we knew we were helping them but it felt different. It wasn’t charity. We were equals and we were engaging in trade. It was helping us and it was helping them.
Come Together Trading was founded later that same year to share their stories and products with the world. We have since grown to represent over 200 small artisan groups from over 40 different countries around the world.
Terry and Tammy Marshall