The end of a year is a great time to think about all the good that has happened to us, personally and as a community here in the base of the Himalayas. Since Thanksgiving, when we launched the #JOYNinthanks campaign, we have been encouraged to remember and be thankful for every progress we made and for every reason-big and small- to celebrate. Here we share a few of these personal and collective triumphs with you because you are part of this story too.
1. Hearing aids for Guddu!
Guddu is one of our block printers who had been denied educational and work opportunity on account of having very little hearing in both ears. He began working at JOYN about 2 years ago and during this time too, his hearing ability continued to go deteriorate without good hearing aids. The ones made available from the Government in India are free but they are bulky and uncomfortable and so Guddu did not wear them. This year Guddu got state-of-the-art hearing aids that have improved his hearing considerably!
2. Mel's boys get accepted at Woodstock School, Mussoorie.
Mel has worried about her boys' education since she moved to Rajpur 4 years back. This year, her worries were put to rest as the boys were accepted at Woodstock School. Woodstock is the only international school in this area and Mel is stoked that they got in on a scholarship. Although this means a long commute for the Murrays to work from up the mountain where the school is, it is worth the excellent education that the kids are now getting. This is one happy mamma!
3. First ever JOYN bag FOR MEN!
This year we made our foray into bags for men for the first time. The Men's Messenger Bag is available on TOMS Marketplace and received much love and appreciation. We are excited to further develop our line for men!
4. Birthdays at JOYN!
This year, we started celebrating birthdays of all JOYNers in the office. It was a challenging job, organizing this but also one that was filled with many laughs. We had our master tailor make a special birthday vest with scrap block-printed fabric and it has become one tradition here!
5. JOYN family grows stronger!
This year, we grew bigger as a family. We hired more than 15 people in the last year at our headquarters in Rajpur: block printers, stitchers, office staff and a new cook. Our Delhi office is growing too and we have eight people in the Delhi team now. What is more, over 40 new artisan jobs have been created with our sister cooperatives.
All of this is being made possible because of the love and support that we are receiving from our partners, retailers and YOU, the customers!
We want to celebrate these victories with you. You have been instrumental in ensuring that our business and people are thriving. As a thank-you for your role in Fashioning Better Lives, we are offering a discount of 20% on all purchases above $50. This offer is valid until December 31, 2014 on all products available on our website. Use the Discount Code: HAPPY2015
Together, let's work to bring more LOVE, more OPPORTUNITIES and more JOY in 2015!