About MADE for you
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 Rowan County located in North Carolina. I moved to Salisbury in 1999 and, beginning in 2003, Rowan County began to suffer a devastating loss of manufacturing jobs. The textile industry vanished, leaving thousands of workers without work and many families began what is now a third generation fight for economic survival. Having lived in Rowan County all this time, I saw how it changed and eroded the community firsthand.
For most of my adult life I have been involved with community organizing and community "mission" work and, while I know change takes time, I became frustrated at seeing things...well...stay the same. Or worse, I watched the need grow. It was once I began to focus more on the idea of micro lending and building small businesses that I began to feel encouraged and excited at the transformation these things provided. The more I saw it in action, the more I was able to witness changes in communities and empower those who once thought themselves powerless.
MADE for you brings hands-on, in the field experience from a background of work with non-profits with a global reach. This is where I was able to partner in designing products which give various international income generating projects a larger market to sell to and increase revenue. The community benefits were undeniable, and it was incredible to witness the power of economic stability’s overall effects on common issues that each community faces. This opportunity gave me some amazing tools that helped me to see solutions I didn't see before and the desire to see my own community benefit from these tactics became too great to ignore.
MADE for you partners with local non-profits in the community, collaborating to bring education and entrepreneurship. We believe that communities can strengthen themselves and rehabilitate broken places.