What a night! As many of you know, JOYN was featured last Thursday night at NWA Fashion Week. We shared the stage with other incredible local designers, like BonnerBell and Esque, and had the...
This is a reoccurring lesson that I seem to learn every day that I am here in India working on the production side of JOYN. As Americans, most of us never seem...
Since the Nepal earthquake, we have been receiving messages and emails asking about our safety. The messages came with love and prayers for our community here, giving us strength to deal with the impact of the earthquake and outside of that, with other struggles.
The world is big but it is also connected. That is how a friend of ours, Ben Richards came halfway across the world to work with one Dr. Nathan Grills in their combined quest for rights and dignity of people with disabilities. And that is how the JOYN family grew through the addition of inspiring individuals from a few remote villages in the mountains of Uttarakhand, India.
It is a pretty incredible story.
It has been 4 years since I started this incredible journey with my family and a small group of local friends at the base of the Himalayas in Northern India. Over time, JOYN has grown to over 200 artisans and we are a thriving community.
At JOYN, we are in the business of fashioning better lives. We believe that our engagement with our workforce is not limited to professional excellence only.
We all have disabilities.
If you knew me, you'd know that I have many.
Those disabilities vary from person to person, but we are all broken in our own ways.
I held my breath in the State Tax Department today.
Replicating the story of hope
Joyn Delhi began almost two years ago when Mel and I met for the first time over a lunch of lentils and burnt rice. I had heard a lot about JOYN from a mutual friend and was really interested in the work – a company dedicated to eradicating the cycle of poverty and creating jobs, and having a thriving market to sell to. Janine and I love working with the poor, we love being part of the process of restoration and JOYN seemed like the perfect fit for us.
In 2010, when we sold all our stuff and moved to India, my goal was simple - create as many jobs as possible.
I was not a business owner, an economist, a miracle worker. But I was determined to risk it all in order to employ people.
After countless privileged trips to "see the world", the most staggering finding to me, was that people didn't have jobs.
How could this be? Can't people work? Can't they just "do something"?
Since July this year we have begun to celebrate every JOYNer’s birthday in office. We do a special birthday lunch, get our co-worker to wear a special birthday jacket all afternoon and say things we like best about her/him. I love to tell the story of how everybody pitched in to make this happen.
JOYN is in an industry that encompasses the strengths of business and philanthropy. A recent article about TOMS shared its Founder, Blake Mycoskie’s view that “…for-profit and a bottom-line focus didn’t have to be in conflict with for-good.” JOYN’s philosophy resonates with this vision. When the ‘ends’ is profit only, the ‘means’ will never entail justice and joy.
“There is a thrill in working with hands- mixing color and finding the exact shade you want; using a wooden block that has beautiful designs cut on it: a result of somebody carving these patters on wood for many hours. The block coming in contact with the color and embracing its hues. Then, almost like giving a part of itself away, imprinting its design on beautiful ‘khaadi’- cloth spun from cotton by hand. It feels as poetic as it sounds!” – Mel Murray; Founder, JOYN
As many of you would be aware, Shyam underwent a corrective procedure for hi...
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Many people ask me what a typical day looks like for me. I snicker a bit. My life feels far from typical. I guess everyone feels that way. Today was a full day. Like most moms, I drug myself out of bed, wishing the night didn’t se…
They are lined up. Waiting. For the past few months, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by without someone asking me for a job. They call, show up at the office...