What is JOYN?
JOYN takes artisans living in poverty and crashes them together with the thriving fashion world. Each step of our process is done by hand, creating more jobs — creating more joy and connecting more artisans with YOU.
JOYN was birthed in the hearts of Melody and David Murray over 13 years ago. (Read Melody’s recent ‘Mother of Pearl’ post for more about her.) Since they met in 1998, they both had a growing passion to live and work among individuals living in poverty. After spending a summer working in an orphanage in Uganda in 1999, the Murrays’ dreams became more clear. The orphans had a home, had food, had clothing, but they had no future. They lacked hope. They lacked purpose. They lacked opportunity. After that experience, the Murrays set out to find sustainable solutions to the needs of those living in the majority world. They spent 10 years obtaining degrees, certifications and experience in order to go back to those in poverty with real solutions.
In June 2010, an opportunity arose to work with a small needy community in the Himalayas, so David and Melody and their 2 young boys packed their bags and moved to Rajpur, North India. David has followed his dreams of creating sustainable livelihood and being an agent of change in the lives of young men(www.dehradunguitars.com). Mel has grown JOYN, fulfilling her passion to connect artisans with western markets. They now have a diverse and growing team of Americans, Australians, Indians, Tibetans and Nepalis working together to create a community that strives to take care of each other and bring opportunity to as many as they can.
How YOU can help spread the story:
Homeshows – Throw a JOYN party in your home. If you are interested please get in touch with us.
Internships – JOYN is always looking to add the write individuals to our team. Again, if you are seriously interested in what JOYN is doing and have skills to add to our efforts, please get in touch with us.
Campus Reps – Would you be willing to represent JOYN on your high school or college campus? We’d love to tell you more.
Follow our Blog – Stay near to our story as we grow and learn of other opportunities to get involved here.
JOYNers – We currently have a team of JOYN reps throughout the US that share our story with local Retail partners. We are always looking to expand.
If you are interested in any of the above, please contact JOYN
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