“I have been working in Carry 117 for almost 2 years now. I’m thankful for the woman that I get to work with and the amazing relationship I have with them. I am thankful that I now have a life that isn’t full of ups and downs, and I have a lot fewer worries. I’m thankful to those special people in my life who support me.” Meseret
“I’m thankful for the skills that I have learned from my job and the relationship I have with everyone that I work with. I am also thankful forthe fact that I am healthy and that I can actually work.” Haregeweyn
“I have been working in Carry117 for the past 4 years now, and I’m thankful for my job because I love what I do. I can support my family through what I earn and I am thankful that I get to learn how to make beautiful bags. I’m thankful for the amazing and talented people I get to work with each day and I’m really thankful for Heni.” Ayni
“I have been working in Carry 117 for 7 months now, and I’m thankful that I have a job which is right in my community. I am thankful that I get to take good care of my child, and I am thankful for the amazing woman I get to work with.” Mesekerem
“I’m so thankful for all the blessings that God has given me and thankful for the freedom that I get at Carry 117… the freedom to explore my talent and be who I want to be. I’m thankful for the relationship I have with the woman at Carry 117 and that we treat each other like family . I’m thankful for my job as a supervisor because I love what I do now! I am also thankful for all the skills that I have learned at Carry 117 and the fact that I am now able to make these beautiful bags. I’m thankful for the amazing people that God has placed in my life people like Heni and others.” Medi
“I’m thankful for all the blessings that God has given me through Carry 117. My life has been different the day I started this job and I am thankful for it. I’m thankful for my Carry 117 family and for Heni.” Alem
After the Carry 117 Mission Trip came in January of this year, and I heard about the idea of having Carry 117 House Parties, I couldn’t quite predict how it was going to be. I had never gone to one of these things before, because we don’t really have something like that in our culture. So I thought it would be a small thing. I wasn’t sure how many people it would reach, if it would be worth it because there would be people from all over the country reaching out and we would need to deal with shipping and communication and small sales, etc.
Typically, I lean more toward bulk sales; they are usually what draws my attention because they are easier to manage. So I wasn’t sure how having these small House Parties was going to turn out. But, on the Carry 117 USA Tour this year, I got to experience my first House Parties and they actually blew my expectations out of the water. They turned out great, and I feel so encouraged and excited.
During the House Party we took a little time to share about Carry 117. You know what I loved? I loved that we had video footage of Korah. I love that we gave a visual perspective. Even before we spoke, we played them a video that showed Korah and what it looked like and what the people looked like. They were tuned in. It really helped people connect to the words we were sharing. We talked about what we do, what the name means, where Carry 117 is located. They asked great questions like, “where do the profits go?” These questions led us to prepare even more for upcoming House Parties. It was a great atmosphere.
We made more money than we anticipated. But that wasn’t the only reason it was a huge success. Actually, the best part of the House Party was NOT the money. It was the people at the party. We made some incredible connections and contacts.
For example, we had a woman sign up on the spot to host another party.
Another lady who owns a boutique and wanted to talk about carrying our product.
And ANOTHER woman who wanted us to come speak at her school for a student/parent event.
It seems like the rippling effect will be amazing.
I think House Parties are going to take Carry 117 to another level.
I am super thankful for the USA Staff, for coming up with these amazing ideas: House Parties, 117 Mission Trips, and things like that. I have been so surprised in the best way with the outcomes.
I would love to invite anyone reading this to have a House Party. We would be honored to come to your home and share with your circle.