Kim’s Story2018-07-16T00:45:20+00:00

I started selling fairly traded crafts in 2010 after two friends from two different countries asked me to help sell handmade items to help women and orphans. Recycled paper jewelry from Jinja, Uganda, and silk brocade handbags from South China were the main products I sold at local events, churches, and homes.  I’ve gradually added more products as the business has grown. Each item is uniquely made and provides income for artisans in developing countries.

My motivation for starting the business was to generate income to pay the monthly sponsorship I began in 2009 for my Sister Connection widow, Genevieve, in Burundi.

I soon surpassed my goal and was able to earn enough to sponsor a little girl in India through Childcare Ministries (ICCM). After Genevieve passed away in 2012 her home became an ‘orphan led home’ and I committed to maintain my sponsorship to care for her 5 orphans. It has been a blessing to keep in touch with them.

I met Genevieve in 2009 on my first trip to Africa.

Genevieve in 2012-So much happier before she became ill.

I was fortunate to be able to visit and encourage
her children in Aug. 2017.

In addition to selling, I enjoy sharing the stories of the artisans and how the products are made.  I give educational talks to inform, teach, create awareness, and inspire others to find creative ways to generate income to help those in need.  I believe anyone can make a difference and bring ‘life’ to others.

About my logo and business name:

I named my business Roots-n-Streams because I wanted a name that would symbolize two things:

1-    Stability and Life

When I sell the gifts I am helping provide economic stability (roots) to artisans in developing countries by selling their handmade crafts.
This allows them to flow ‘streams’ of life out to others.

2-    Faith 

I believe that when we are rooted and grounded in Christ, we can bring streams of life to others.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to live your lives in him,
rooted and built up in him,
strengthened in the faith as you were taught,
and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7

Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that
sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8

If you spend yourself on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light
will rise in the darkness, and your night
will become like the noonday. The
LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy
your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:10-11