If you were at our last show in June, it was hard to miss the big truck parked inside Heritage Court that was overflowing with beautiful fair trade products. TresBello is the Fair Trade Artisan Shop on wheels that sells a variety of global and local products, mainly apparel and accessories. TresBello makes house calls through their ‘Host a Party‘ model, making it easy for a group of friends to shop from a global selection. You can also find the truck at various events throughout the year (including The Fair Trade Show)! Check the calendar to see where they will be next!
At TresBello you can find products from around the world including countries like India, Vietnam, Ecuador, Ghana, Kenya and Burma. These products aim to empower marginalized groups, often women, children and people living with disabilities.
In the photo above you can see Janet Virre, Founder of TresBello, visiting a few of the artisans she sources her products from in Carabeula, Ecuador. We asked Janet to tell us a bit more about her business.
What was the inspiration that made you get into this business?
I have always loved the allure of the exotic, foreign lands, and people around the world. When travelling, markets are always my favourite thing to visit. I love beautiful things made by the beautiful people of the world. I like to create connections between my customers and these people through their purchases to gain a better understanding of the world.
How do you think your business impacts the world?
My impact is through connection. Connecting our world with that of the artisans. The love that goes into these products continues when you wear it, look at it, admire it.
How do you see the future of social entrepreneurship and how do you see citizens playing a role in social change?
This is so important if we are going to have a peaceful planet. Social entrepreneurship plays such a vital role in connecting the world. Social change will only happen when all citizens embrace the new reality.
What have you found to be the biggest challenges to running a social enterprise and how have you overcome them?
My biggest challenge is creating a sustainable business model so that I can keep going and grow. It is important that social entrepreneurship survives but it has to provide a living and allow us to model the life we want to live in order to support other initiatives.