Aussies Living in a Slum

So, this post is about a family who have me intrigued. I first heard about the Barkers when chatting with Ros Jamieson from Hands & Hearts about her venture; selling Fair Trade products via party plan (read more about that here).

The Barker Family

Ash and Anji Barker moved their family to Bangkok in 1992. They live in the Klong Toey slum with 80 000 people. Ash and Anji founded Klong Toey Handicrafts which is an initiative enabling men and women to provide an income for their families, based on Fair Trade principles. The Barker family has made a life for themselves in Klong Toey which is, as you can imagine, completely different to the lives led by families in Australia. Continue reading

Party Plans Against Poverty

Hello and Happy New Year! I’m so looking forward to the year ahead and am excited about discovering what God has planned for all of our lives. As always, my hope is that Every (1) Matters will be a place where you find information, inspiration and encouragement helping you to always say “yes” to the whisper urging you to make a difference.

What better way to kick off the year than by chatting with Ros Jamieson, a woman making a notable difference in the lives of thousands. After witnessing poverty first hand, Ros began selling Fair Trade products by party plan – yep you read it right, just like Tupperware and Nutrimetics – but with some major differences. In her own words, Ros is “Just an ordinary woman doing something a little bit different.” Continue reading