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Hey Change Maker! Welcome to The Constellation Coalition Podcast, where we’re connecting the dots between women to change the world! I’m your host, Ashley Johnson. In each episode, you’ll hear inspiring stories of women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation from all over the world! Plus you’ll receive practical tips on how you can make a difference in the world right where you are.

At The Constellation Coalition, we believe that every woman is a star. Each of us shine brightly on our own...but when you connect the dots between us, we create beautiful pictures, tell beautiful stories, and become a guidance system for other women. When women connect, we change the world.

Let’s go…

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Hey Change Maker! Welcome to The Constellation Coalition Podcast, where we’re connecting the dots between women to change the world! I’m your host, Ashley Johnson. In each episode, you’ll hear inspiring stories of women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation from all over the world! Plus you’ll receive practical tips on how you can make a difference in the world right where you are.

At The Constellation Coalition, we believe that every woman is a star. Each of us shine brightly on our own...but when you connect the dots between us, we create beautiful pictures, tell beautiful stories, and become a guidance system for other women. When women connect, we change the world.

Let’s go…

CONNECT: podcast@theconstellationcoalition.org
LEARN MORE: www.theconstellationcoalition.org
SPONSOR AN ENTREPRENEUR: https://theconstellationcoalition.org/sponsorship/
JOIN THE COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConstellationCoalitionInsiders

    031 - Katie Martinez, Elegantees

    031 - Katie Martinez, Elegantees

    Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Katie Martinez, founder of Elegantees, an ethical fashion brand fighting human trafficking in Nepal through job creation for survivors.


     


    ABOUT KATIE:


    Katie Martinez created Elegantees because shopping was hard.  She needed tops that were pretty, comfortable, and with proper coverage. Having spent her life both on a farm in Iowa, and in the Fashion District of New York City, she saw two extremes in the way women dress. A common approach was to avoid fashion altogether and wear the same tee and jeans/leggings daily. The other extreme was to put such an emphasis on fashion that it becomes an identity. Elegantees was created for the woman who seeks to find a balance between fashion and life.


     


    ABOUT ELEGANTEES:


    Elegantees’ aim is to fight human trafficking in Nepal through employment opportunities. All their products are made ethically, and most are made by those who have overcome.  They dream to expand from one sewing center to several to provide more jobs. The waiting list is between 300-500 women who desire to work for Elegantees. Each purchase gets them closer to that goal!


     


    Designs are ethically made by women (and some men too) who are paid fair wages. Fabric is sustainable using organic cotton in new fabrics we dye. Elegantees also source from dead stock fabric for non-organic blends.


     


    CONNECT WITH KATIE:


    Website:  https://elegantees.com/


    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/elegantees


    Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/376787682734864


    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/elegantees/


     


    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    Our Daughters International:  https://www.ourdaughtersinternational.org/


    The Root Collective:  https://therootcollective.com/


    Obvious Shirts:  https://obviousshirts.com/


    Making The Cut:  https://www.amazon.com/Making-The-Cut-Season-1/dp/B08BZ1BHD6


    Henry Ford:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ford


    Lin-Manuel Miranda:  https://www.linmanuel.com/


    Hamilton:  https://hamiltonmusical.com/


     


    Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!


     


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    • 52 min
    BONUS - 2021 Ethical Holiday Shopping Guide

    BONUS - 2021 Ethical Holiday Shopping Guide

    Hey Change Maker!  Welcome to our 2021 Ethical Holiday Shopping Guide!  In this episode, you’ll find a list of ethical gift ideas for everyone on your Christmas list at every budget!  Happy Shopping!


     


    Gifts Under $25


    For Her - Mercy House Global Earrings - $12-33 (most $22 and below) - https://shop.mercyhouseglobal.org/collections/earrings

    For Him - Fair Trade Winds, Grill Mixes - $15 - https://www.fairtradewinds.net/shop/set-of-3-grill-mixes/ 

    For Kids - The Good King Paper Company, Crayon Rocks - $16.99 - http://www.followthegoodking.com/store/p116/Crayon_Rocks.htmlBONUS - free printables! http://www.followthegoodking.com/printables.html

    See episode 016 of The Constellation Coalition Podcast




    For Anyone - Carabello Coffee Loose Leaf Tea - $12.95 - https://www.carabellocoffee.com/collections/tea/products/loose-leaf-tea

    For Decoration - Trades of Hope Alpaca Ornament Set - $21.95 - ​​https://tradesofhope.com/productdetail/alpaca-ornament-set


     


    Gifts Under $50


    For Her - Sifa Collective, Kimono Duster - $44.99 - https://sifacollective.com/shop/desert-kimono-dusterSee episode 027 of The Constellation Coalition Podcast




    For Him - Preemptive Love Coalition, Inspirational Tees - $22-80 (most $50 and below) - https://preemptivelove.shop/collections/clothingSee episode 021 of The Constellation Coalition Podcast




    For Kids - Happy Groundhog Studio - everything under $50 -  https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHappyGroundhog?ref=si_shop

    For Anyone - Phoenix Roasters, Coffee - 2 lb bags $26.50-$30.50 - https://phoenixroasters.coffee/coffee/See episode 028 of The Constellation Coalition Podcast




    For Decoration - Simply Inspired, Set of 3 Gnomes - $31.95 - https://simplyinspiredgoods.com/products/gnome-friends-felted-wool-holiday-decorations?variant=36727971545238&gclid=Cj0KCQjwv5uKBhD6ARIsAGv9a-w59ZuIHTIxxcVwPS8J6s_BY_xJox0Hts2SvS2yGqvOiIE9r_wYzsUaAujkEALw_wcB


     


    Gifts Under $100


    For Her - Chilote Shoes, Salmon Slippers - $80 - https://chiloteshoes.com/?utm_source=consciouslifeandstyle&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=blog 

    For Him - Give Back Goods, Upcycled Can or Bottle Holder - $70 - https://givebackgoods.com/collections/gifts-for-men/products/denim-upcycled-6-pack-holder-made-in-the-usa-saves-landfill-space

    For Kids - Buena Onda Games - Big Bocce - $65 - https://buenaondagames.com/collections/games/products/big-bocce

    For Anyone - Aruna Project, Sonu Backpack - $95 - https://arunaproject.com/products/sonu-backpack?variant=41038564753574See episode 005 of The Constellation Coalition Podcast




    For Decoration - Berbology, Christmas Pillow - $77.22 -  https://www.etsy.com/listing/1027340282/christmas-decorations-christmas-decor?gpla=1&gao=1&


     


    Big Gifts


    For Her - Sawa Sawa Collection, Balance Handmade Sisal Tote - $125 -  https://sawasawausa.com/product/balance-handmade-sisal-tote-bag/See episode 020 of The Constellation Coalition Podcast




    For Him - The Root Collective, Pablo Boots - $268 -  https://therootcollective.com/collections/mens-bootsSee episode 002 of The Constellation Coalition Podcast




    For Kids - Little Passports, World Edition One Year Subscription - $287.40 for the whole year - https://www.littlepassports.com/subscription/world-edition/

    For Anyone - Sari Bari, Throw - $138 - https://saribari.com/collections/throws

    For Decoration - Ten Thousand Villages, Nativity - $125 - https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/albesia-wood-nativity







    Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!


     


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    030 - Nancy Knapp, Joyya

    030 - Nancy Knapp, Joyya

    Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Nancy Knapp of Joyya, formerly Freeset.


     


    ABOUT NANCY:


    Nancy Knapp is the head of global sales and marketing for Joyya,   Nancy has been involved since 2013 when she first visited Joyya's communities in Kolkata and her heart was called to get involved to support the mission from her home in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.


     


    ABOUT JOYYA:


    Joyya is a social enterprise which produces fair trade t-shirts, bags and accessories for export around the world from some of the toughest communities in Kolkata, India.  Joyya operates in communities which are plagued by extreme poverty and human trafficking and seeks to be a catalyst for community and life transformation there.  


     


    In addition to the business, Joyya also has a social arm called Joyya Collective which adds support in the areas of healthcare, legal, education, development, childcare and finance. This is the foundation arm- or where donations go to support our communities needs. 


     


    A third arm is called Joyya Neighbors which engages directly with our neighbors to listen and learn exactly what each community needs and wants vs. just guessing or imposing.


     


    CONNECT WITH NANCY:


    Website:  https://joyya.com/


    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/joyyaworlds


    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/joyyaworlds/


    Twitter:  @joyya_worlds


     


    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    Freeset USA:  https://freesetusa.com/


    Freeset India:  https://freesetglobal.com/


    Liminal Apparel: https://liminal.org.nz/


    Fusion Hill:  https://www.fusionhill.com/


    Joyya Trust:  https://givealittle.co.nz/org/joyya


     


    Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!


     


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    • 34 min
    029 - One Year Podcast Anniversary (Special Episode)

    029 - One Year Podcast Anniversary (Special Episode)

    Hey Change Maker!  This week we are celebrating our one year podcasting anniversary.  And because we are celebrating, we are changing things up a bit.  Instead of Ashley interviewing an amazing Change Maker, Ashley is being interviewed by the amazing President of The Constellation Coalition Board.


     


    ABOUT ASHLEY:


    Ashley is a lifelong advocate for the underdog. Through child sponsorship programs, women’s mentoring, and cross cultural experiences, Ashley has come to understand the need for genuine relationship as the bridge to effective help. She has a bend toward entrepreneurship and a love of seeing new ideas and passions come to life. Over the past few years God has uniquely brought together Ashley’s value of relationships, entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment to form The Constellation Coalition. She’s passionate to see women around the world grasp their God-given value and find hope through dignified employment.


     


    ABOUT THE CONSTELLATION COALITION:


    The Constellation Coalition empowers women in developing countries to start businesses and secure dignified employment so they can lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.


     


    CONNECT WITH ASHLEY:


    Website:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/


    Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/TheConstellationCoalition


    Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConstellationCoalitionInsiders


    Sponsor an Entrepreneur:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/sponsorship/


    Fund a Scholarship:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/scholarships/


    Make a Donation:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/donate/


     


    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    Compassion International


    Lemonade International


    Forget Me Not Ministries


    World Bank


    Kristen Welch of Mercy House Global


    Liz Bohannon of Sseko Designs


    FUND A SCHOLARSHIP


     


    Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!


     


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    LEARN MORE: www.theconstellationcoalition.org


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    • 37 min
    028 - Brian Holland and Britt Mooney, Phoenix Roasters

    028 - Brian Holland and Britt Mooney, Phoenix Roasters

    Hey Change Maker!  My guests this week are Brian Holland and Britt Mooney of Phoenix Roasters.  With millions of families caught in a cycle of poverty, Phoenix Roasters provides dignified relief and hope through the sale of excellent coffee.  Phoenix literally makes the best coffee on the planet.


     


    ABOUT BRIAN:


    Brian Holland is the proud husband of Ginney and father of Emily and Duke, and proud father-in-law to Zach (Emily) and Sinclaire (Duke). Brian attended Samford University and finished his undergraduate degree at Mercer University. Throughout the 1990’s Brian and Ginney moved 2 times as they followed ministry opportunities to Tupelo, MS and back to Atlanta. During that time, he finished his seminary work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. After 20 years of serving as Youth Pastor of 3 churches he started the first Phoenix Community in Duluth, GA in a Pizza Pub called Pepperoni’s Tavern. At the height of the economic collapse which swept through America from 2008-2013 Brian, along with his great friends and co-founders Jeff Bagwell and Greg Sweatt launched Phoenix Roasters, Inc. #CoffeeThatMatters. This would become the revenue engine which would fund the dream to see the broken and burnt up rise up from the ashes of life both here in America and there in the coffee growing communities around the world. Recently Brian and Phoenix Pastor Britt Mooney, along with all the Phoenix Community pastors published their first book, “Say Yes. How God Sized Dreams Take Flight.” 


     


    ABOUT BRITT:


    Britt has been a teacher in Georgia and missionary to Korea, and now works with missional coffee company Phoenix Roasters. He is an author, and he and his wife Becca have planted a church in Suwanee, GA. 


     


    ABOUT PHOENIX:


    Phoenix Roasters rally cry is "Coffee That Matters," because with millions of under-resourced families caught in a cycle of poverty they can provide dignified hope and relief through the sale of excellent coffee here and in coffee growing communities around the world.


     


    CONNECT WITH PHOENIX:


    Website:  www.phoneixroasters.coffee


    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/phoenixroasterscoffee


    Instagram:  www.instagram.com/phoenixroasters


     


    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    “Bigger Faster Leadership”


    “Say Yes”


    Specialty Coffee Association of America


    Coffee Toffee


     


    Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!


     


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    027 - Sarah Jaekle, Sifa Collective

    027 - Sarah Jaekle, Sifa Collective

    Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Sarah Jaekle of the Sifa Collective.  The Sifa Collective invests in women so they can become successful small-business owners who, in turn, invest in their communities. 


     


    ABOUT SARAH:  


    Sarah Jaekle is the Advocacy Coordinator for Sifa Collective, a non-profit for marginalized women out of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She's passionate about helping women from all walks of life understand their worth and empowering them to find their unique voice. She and her husband reside in Cincinnati, OH but frequent their friends in Tanzania often.


     


    ABOUT SIFA COLLECTIVE:


    Sifa Collective’s mission is to equip marginalized women with hope in the gospel,  training in artisanal skills and the provision of tools needed to launch their own local business. We invest in women so they can become successful small-business owners who, in turn, invest in their communities. 


     


    Sifa Collective is faith-based, gospel-centered and driven by a desire to see the tools of Sifa used in the hands of women, churches and businesses in Dar es Salaam and throughout East Africa. Sifa Collective has been founded on the principle of “Train, Equip  and Release.” We believe that once equipped, our students are ready and should be set free and encouraged to fly on their own. 


     


    CONNECT WITH SIFA:


    Website:  www.sifacollective.com


    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SifaCollective


    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sifathreads


    Sifa Centers:  https://sifacollective.com/sifa-centers


    Sifa Shop:  https://sifacollective.com/shop


     


    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    When Helping Hurts


    World Bank


    Ashley’s Sifa Duster


     


    Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!


     


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    • 56 min

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