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

There is hardly a more powerful expression of our mission statement than the 2014 prayer intention of Pope Francis. Operating as a social enterprise, we believe that everyone benefits by becoming a contributing member of the global economy. Striving to represent a new style of business which places the human person at the center of enterprise, we work to ensure that everyone involved is given the dignity and rewards of honest work. We seek to connect, serve and inspire all who play a role in our business—from our artisans in Congo to customers in the West.

We engage in meaningful business for the realization of dignity. A prosperous business will make a fine profit, but that is not our goal. Our true aim is two-fold. First, is to give persons in Congo a chance to connect—economically—with the world, thus raising-up their lives and their children so that they can live with the basic comforts and security that we in the West often take for granted. Second, is to give persons in the U.S. a chance to connect with the developing world: to extend a hand that lifts them out of poverty. The significance of these actions will have a tremendous and lasting impact. We hope to be a leader in person-centered business: one that uplifts each person involved and promotes true development through economic opportunity.

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