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About Us

During our first mission trip to  Source- á -Philippe, Haiti,  in 2012, we met with the women in the village.   One of the first questions we asked was,  “What do you need?”  Their unanimous reply: “We want to work. We want to learn to sew.”  Their sincere desire to learn, and their boldness in wanting to start a sewing business, was the impetus for us to help them help themselves.  With much planning and some serious ingenuity—thanks to dear friend Nancy Reames and our dedicated team, we helped start a sewing group in Haiti.  And, from that initial launch, came the inspiration for our brick and mortar, Fair Trade store, Scatter Seeds, located in the heart of historic Old Town Manassas.    
 
Through watching the hard work of these women and other adults like them, we have learned the value of meaningful and sustainable work.  If employed and earning a fair and living wage, individuals and families not only survive; they thrive.  Parents can afford food, health care, clothing and an education for their children.  In countries where a large percentage of the population lives in abject poverty with little or no electricity, no running water, and few opportunities for the marginalized, having a means to generate an income is extremely important.   
 
Scatter Seeds is more than a store.  It is a place where real lives are being changed, by real people like you.  We are a place of connection.  Each purchase helps improve the life of the person that made the unique handiwork or craft.  A sense of pride develops within each artisan, as they begin to provide for their family.  Every purchase helps to ‘scatter seeds’ of hope and encouragement to others while you enjoy a beautiful handmade item to give or keep.    
 
We are extremely proud of the products we have in our store and now online.  They are ethically and honorably made, using recyclable and reusable materials, from villages and communities around the world.  And, we look forward to welcoming you into the life and family of fair trade at Scatter Seeds.