A Tricky Situation

These trips can be quite a roller coaster. You never truly know what you’re getting into. Sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised and sometimes, well, yeah. The schools and groups I’m meeting with aren’t in the business of being in business. They didn’t start working with refugees and the disadvantaged because they had this entrepreneurial spirit. Or a craft they were itching to teach someone. They saw a need and felt a call to help. Often times they found themselves looking for options to help generate income to make things a little easier for the people they’re trying to help. What they do isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes dedication and stamina along with a willingness to embrace situations that might be out of their comfort zone. Waaayyyy outside their comfort zone. So every time I visit a new group, I go in with cautious expectation. Most of the time on this trip, I’ve been completely blown away in a good way by the skill level and products I’m seeing. There are a few that I could place an order with tomorrow and know things would be perfect. But what happens if they aren’t? What do I do then? That becomes a little tricky. You see, we have this mindset when we visit these groups as “tourists” that we’re doing an awesome thing by praising their products and buying a token amount to show support regardless of the quality. And we are doing an awesome thing, but there’s a side effect that could prove to be more harm than good over time. You see, after months or even years of being told that the product is perfect as is, the women would have no reason to believe that it isn’t. They’re confused by the fact that one group after another say they’ll order more product once they get home and nobody does. They don’t understand what’s wrong. We mean well. We don’t want to hurt their feelings. I don’t want to hurt their feelings. So here we are. They need to improve some things…sometimes a lot of things…in order for people here in the United States to be interested in buying their items. How do I let them know? Is there any way to get there from here? Well, we’ll find out. I’m not totally sure right now. It’s a pretty tricky situation to navigate. Hopefully, little by little, we’ll get there.

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~ by silkrdlady on March 1, 2018.

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