Today we visited the Angeles Anonimos (Anonymous Angels) to brainstorm with them about their struggling business. Angels is an organization that trains and employs people with disabilities, most of whom are considered “unemployable” here. As of now their only customer is Fair Indigo. We’ve been selling their jewelry for nearly 3 years, but it’s not quite enough to keep them fully operational year round.
We learned from Jorge (one of the founders, and in our mind a living saint) that today the workers are only called as-needed. He said that for the school/workshop to provide full employment, they would need about $20,000 of orders per month, well above where we are now.
We also had the privilege of speaking with two of the workers, Marlene and Alfredo. A.A. has clearly given them some confidence that was immediately apparent (bigger smiles, more assured voices, even new haircuts!). But their dream is to work with A.A. full time again.
Jorge (co-founder of A.A.), Marlene (artisan), Katie (from Fair Indigo), Rob (from Fair Indigo), and Alfredo (artisan). Starting work on our fall collection.
All the Angels really need is more business. For Fair Indigo to sell more of their jewelry, for more businesses to carry their jewelry. An “Oprah moment” wouldn’t hurt. We’ve shot video which we’ll be editing and releasing soon. Hoping many of you can help us find them some new business. At fair trade shops, jewelry stores, small companies, big companies…anyone can help.
Katie and Jorge share an emotional good-bye with a renewed determination to find “our Angels” more business.