I worked the morning shift. I set up the display and got everything ready for the day of sales. Our purses stand out due to the bright summer colors and vivid patterns. That ﬁrst day I wondered would any one buy one? Have these past 3 years been in vain? But then our ﬁrst costumer came to the table. She looked over the purses and said, “Wow these are really nice, are they handmade?’’ With much eagerness since she was my ﬁrst customer I said, “Yes, they are great but let me tell you about their story.”
I got to share with her about the project and tell her the story of the bags. As I was talking to her I felt this sense of completion come over me. I was telling a Jordanian woman about an area in her own city that she knew nothing about. I got to share with her the struggles of other Jordanian women and how we were trying to help these women have dignity, restore their hope and help them ﬁnd ﬁnancial freedom. She seemed captivated, as I was talking and very interested in the project. She looked down at the purses again and said, "They look even more beautiful now that I know the story behind them.”
Sales went great this summer, but the real thing we gained was the opportunity to share the story of 10 33 with many, many people.