In August of 2009, Craig traveled to Nicaragua to explore opportunities that would provide clothing to children and employment to local families. During that trip, he was able to meet some amazing people that today help us manage our charitable operations in Nicaragua. Nicaragua, currently the poorest country in Central America is a special place and we have experienced tremendous joy working with the amazing people there. It has been great to see the change that has taken place in people's lives as they have had an opportunity to use their talents to produce clothing for less fortunate children in their country. Many of our seamstresses are mothers that are working hard to provide for their children and give them an opportunity in life. With Persnickety they are able to work from home close to their little ones, which has been a great blessing to them.
Our main goal is not to help just put food on their table but to help them break the cycle of poverty and in doing so impact future generations. We accomplish this by compensating them very well. We have been told that people who sew for us are making as much or more than the average college graduate in Nicaragua. This allows them to start saving and focusing on more than just the basic needs of life.
Helping less fortunate children was one of the primary motivations for starting Persnickety Clothing Company. Our Buying Is Giving™ program allows us to do just that. Every time an item of Persnickety clothing is purchased, we share a portion of the proceeds with children in need.
Meet Yamileth, when Yamileth started making uniforms she was able to buy mattresses for her family who were all sleeping on dirt floors on cardboard boxes. Her beautiful children who were eating one rice meal a day were able to add eggs to their daily diet and 2 more meals a day. She was able to put a metal roof over her outside kitchen which was a huge help because in Nicaragua they have many months of rain in the year. She was able to buy 3 chairs and a table for her house. She was so very gracious and grateful for the opportunity and has been hugely blessed by the program. Opportunity is everything to these hard working people. This is what Buying is Giving is all about. Those who purchase Persnickety items are truly making a huge difference in the life of Yamileth and about a dozen others like her.
While we love what we are able to do in providing work, we are also very excited about the joy that the children experience when they are given a school uniform. In Nicaragua, public education is available to the children however their school uniforms are not provided. Unfortunately, many children do not attend school because they do not have the uniform and they feel uncomfortable. Our goal is to solve this problem by providing uniforms to those children whose parents can’t afford it or choose not purchase the uniform. In 2012, Persnickety distributed over 8,000 school uniforms to children in Nicaragua and Honduras.
In early 2012, we took a trip to Nicaragua with our three oldest children to participate in the giving of dresses and school uniforms. It was so great to experience first hand the work that is being done. It was an experience our children will never forget. Thank you for making this part of our company a reality. Without our customers, none of this would happen. Please remember that with Persnickety Clothing, Buying is Giving. Click the link below to see a video of our trip.