MADE for you is more than just a handcrafted business. We are a partnership in communities which strives to empower those struggling to create their own sustainability through creative entrepreneurship.
My community is in Southern Rowan County located in North Carolina. Beginning in 2003, South Rowan began to suffer a tremendously devastating loss of manufacturing jobs. Our textile industry vanished, leaving thousands of workers without work and many families began what is now a third generation fight for economic survival. I moved to Salisbury in 1999, so I started to see how it changed and eroded the community firsthand.
I've been involved with community organizing and community "mission" work in the past and continued to see things...well...stay the same. Or worse, the need grew. When I began to focus more on the idea of micro lending and building small businesses, that's when I found the fire. The more I saw it in action, the more I saw it totally rehabilitate communities and empower those who once thought themselves powerless.
Before beginning MADE for you, I worked with a non-profit with a global reach and helped to design product that would give those income generating projects a larger market to sell to and increase revenue. This opportunity gave me some amazing tools that helped me see solutions I didn't see before. And then, the tug to do work in my community became too strong to ignore; MADE for you was born.
MADE partners with local non-profits in the community, collaborating to bring education and entrepreneurship. We believe the community in South Rowan can strengthen itself and rehabilitate the broken places left behind by the vanishing manufacturing industry.