The Birth of HeadPeace
I will be honest, I had never done anything like this before. I was way out of my element. I had been listening to pod casts and reading books on how to start your own business. I knew I didn't want a service-oriented business, so I started thinking about products I could create and sell. I love headbands, and decided that was where it was at for me. After researching how I would find a manufacturer, I realized most of these textile companies were located in China. This was a little discouraging to me for a couple of reasons: I don't speak Chinese and I really had no idea how their employees were treated. I'm sure these factories were fine companies, but it just didn't sit well with me, so I put my project on hold. A few weeks later, I was at my daughter's gymnastics practice. I noticed a new Mom sitting next to me had older kids in the early afternoon class. Striking up a conversation, I asked her if she home-schooled. She continued on to tell me her family was from Colorado, but lived in Nepal. I was intrigued, so I sort of interrogated the poor girl. I learned she and her family have a socially-ethical manufacturing company in Nepal, that helps women coming out of slavery and sex-trafficking situations get back on their feet, called Purnaa. It was meant to be.--I now refer to this as my "divine coincidence." Over the next few months, my husband and I worked closely with this wonderful couple on designing my headbands and working on another project my husband had going on. I designed the headbands, picked fabric patterns, and HeadPeace was born!