MAKERS GIVE BACK // LAURINDA LEE OF KIND KARMA COMPANY
How do you + your small business give back?
Kind Karma Company was created around giving back! We are a social enterprise that employs at-risk and transitioning homeless youth in Toronto to handcraft quality jewellery. In addition to receiving hourly wages, proceeds from all sales are returned to our youth employees to support their individual goals such as funding post-secondary education, securing permanent housing, or helping with courses for personal and professional development.
Why have you chosen to give back in this way?
Kind Karma Co. is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by helping our next generation of leaders become successful and capable adults so they can continue to pay kindness forward and help others. It is heartbreaking that about 80% of homeless youth in Canada report leaving home as a result of family conflict and another 63% of these youth have reported childhood trauma and abuse. These youth live on the streets as a result of situations they did not create and have no control over and yet, they have just as much potential as their peers. Our employment offers a nurturing opportunity that truly allows their self-confidence grow so they are able to believe in their own ability to be successful. Believing in themselves and their own self-worth is more than half the battle to knowing that they are able to accomplish whatever dreams and goals they have for themselves.
What is the most rewarding / important / meaningful part of giving back?
It is truly incredible to watch these youth grow and the relationships that I have built with them is definitely my favourite part of this enterprise. To hear what they have been through and how they have persevered through all of their individual challenges is absolutely inspiring and to be able to help them towards a brighter future is a privilege. I care about each of the youths I work with and I am honoured to be a part of their journey in both life and their professional endeavours.
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