Tell us about the history of your organization?CAUSEGEAR began in 2011 as a vision of Brad Jeffery. Beginning with a mission trip to Mexico, Brad became increasingly aware of global poverty. In the fall Brad visited with pastors and business leaders in Ethiopia and Kenya. He noticed that many living in poverty had skills, but lacked access to a sustainable marketplace. While walking through the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Brad had a vision:
What if a one to one relationship could be created between the fortunate few and the marginalized many in the poorest regions of the world through the purchase of high-quality, handmade, market-relevant fashion supporting dignified jobs for poorest on the planet? And what if each “crafter” was paid enough to take control of their lives and provide essential family needs (shelter, food, clean water, clothing, and medical)? Creating a relationship that provides tangible, sustainable life change, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty and slavery. Not a hand-out, but an investment in the well being of others who don’t have the same opportunities we enjoy in the U.S.After sharing his vision with friends, Brad moved forward with founding CAUSEGEAR. Since 2011, the CAUSEGEAR brand has grown and faced many unique challenges. God has constantly provided the needed resources, as well as answers to the difficult questions that arise within a social enterprise.