that all may promote authentic economic development that respects the dignity of all peoples.”

There is hardly a more powerful expression of our own mission than that of the 2014 prayer intention of Pope Francis. As a social enterprise, we believe that individuals and families will benefit by becoming contributing members of the global economy. We strive to represent a new style of business that places the human person at the center. We work to ensure that everyone involved is given the dignity and rewards of honest work. We seek to connect, serve, and inspire all those who play a role in our business — from Congolese artisans to global consumers.

We engage in meaningful business for the realization of dignity. A prosperous business will make a fine profit, but that is not our end goal. Our true aim is two-fold. First, to give individuals in Congo a chance to connect—economically—with the global marketplace, thus raising up their lives and their children so they can live with comfort and security. Second, to give individuals in the U.S. a chance to connect with the developing world by extending a hand to lift them out of poverty. The significance of these actions will have tremendous and lasting impacts. We hope to be a leader in person-centered business: one that uplifts each person involved and promotes true human development through economic opportunity.

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