Barb Devlin thanked Jean Fox for taking photos at recent Rotary meetings, as she and John enjoyed time with family at their Lake Sylvia cottage. Jean also had to take photos on July 21, since Barb forgot both her i-phone and i-pad. As it turns out, newsletter editors get out of practice quickly!
Program: Alicia Sieman and Adam Goldstein, co-founders of Shema
During their travels, Alicia and Adam encountered women who had been trafficked for sexual servitude and / or forced labor. In response, they founded their business Shema, "dedicated to “creating jobs for these women and empowering them to live the life they were destined for.” The word "Shema" means “hear - listen."
Believing that business an be a catalyst for social development, Shema’s initial goal is to create five sewing cooperatives in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia to produce eco-friendly lifestyle clothing with ongoing marketability both online and in boutique retail outlets. Long-term, Alicia and Adam hope to create a replicable model with a start-up manual so the idea can be replicated in other locations.
Adam concluded, “We heard with our hearts, and our business has grown from that.”