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Our Mission

The Blessing Basket Project® reduces poverty in developing countries by using our unique Prosperity Wages® model to pay for artisan products. This exclusive patent pending financial model creates a cycle of entrepreneur driven growth resulting in permanent financial independence for the artisan..

Nonprofit &
Beyond Fair Trade

The Blessing Basket Project® is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that believes the rural poor in developing countries are quite capable of pulling themselves out of poverty. We use a financial model which  we have been perfecting for more than a decade. Our exclusive model allows artisans to earn significantly higher than fair trade wages for their products for a given period of time.

Prosperity Wages

With every basket purchased, The Blessing Basket Project Prosperity Wages model is being used to pay our artisans. This portion of the profit is significantly higher than fair trade wages, in some countries reaching more than six times fair trade. Read more about our Prosperity Wages model here. 

Our Technology & Models

Artisan&You

Prosperity Wages

Graduate From Poverty

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Founder

The birth of The Blessing Basket Project

Founding Story

To truly understand The Blessing Basket Project, you need to know more about our founder Theresa Carrington. She considers herself an ordinary person, who on an ordinary day decided to ensure good really can come from a bad situation. 

Credentials

GrantsAwardsIn The NewsHistory
  • Skandalaris Family Foundation becomes founding sponsor of The Blessing Basket Project (January 2005)
  • Southern Illinois University Challenge Grant (April 2006)
  • Skandalaris Family Foundation Grant (January 2006)
  • Skandalaris Family Foundation Grant (May 2007)
  • Washington University Grant (December 2007)
  • Private Family Foundation Grant (May 2008)
  • Sony BMG and Country Artist Sara Evans grant The Blessing Basket Project usage rights for “To Be Happy” (May 08)
  • Spoke Marketing Grant (June 09,June ’14, July ’15)
  • ATT Grant of 50 Phones  (February 2011)
  • Energizer sponsors Grand Opening (September 2011)
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch (August 2004)
  • KSDK-TV Channel 5 Interviewed by Jennifer Bloom (May 2005)
  • Woman’s Day Magazine (October 2005)
  • National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences TELESPHERE (July 2006)
  • St. Louis At Home Magazine article “Counting Her Blessings” (November 2006)
  • KPLR-TV Interview (Februar 2007)
  • KFTK Interview Allman in the Morning (October 2007)
  • St. Louis Magazine article “Dream Weavers” (September 2008)
  • KMOV-TV Great Day St. Louis TV appearance (November 2008)
  • KFTK Interview Allman in the Morning (November 2008)
  • Theresa Carrington profiled “Breakdown, Breakthrough” by Kathy Caprino (Barrett Koehler) (November 2008)
  • KSDK Show Me St. Louis Interview (November 2008)
  • KSDK-TV News Channel 5 at noon (December 2008)
  • Click here for more media reports from August 2004 to present
  • Blessing Basket is born (April 2004)
  • Enters first Whole Foods Market (November 2004)
  • Built and opened Doone Girls’ School in Nyariga, Ghana with Whole Foods Market (November 2005)
  • Blessing Baskets® are chosen as an official gift for presenters at the 2006 Daytime Emmy Awards in Hollywood, California (April 2006)
  • Partners with the Missouri Botanical Garden to reduce poverty in Madagascar and end the destruction of the forest (July 2006)
  • Enters 100th store nationwide (December 06)
  • Weavers worldwide begin graduating out of poverty into independent entrepreneurship due to our Prosperity Wages® model (April 2006)
  • Partners with Washington University to study results of poverty reduction work in Madagascar (March 2007)
  • Launches Seeds of Blessing – a direct marketing company designed for American women to help impoverished women worldwide. (2007)
  • Releases music video “To Be Happy” made possible by Sara Evans and Sony BMG (November 2008)
  • Sells it’s 65,000th artisan product (December 2008)
  • Prosperity Wages paid to directly artisans tops U.S. equivalent of $2,000,000 (May 2009)
  • Partners with Energizer to conduct third world lighting research (June 2009)
  • Built and opened community center in Nyariga, Ghana with Whole Foods Market (July 2009)
  • First ever Graduate from Poverty® ceremony in Ghana, Africa. 25 artisans graduated and are sustainably out of of poverty. (June 2012)
  • Graduated 25 Artisans in Bangladesh out of poverty (March 2013)
  • Graduated 15 Artisans in Ghana out of poverty (June 2013)
  • Built and opened a computer center at the Nyariga Doone Girls School in Ghana, Africa in collaboration with Whole Foods Market (June 2013)
  • Graduated 11 Artisans in Ghana out of poverty (June 2014)
  • Built new bathroom facilities for teachers and students at the Nyariga Doone Girls School in Ghana Africa in collaboration with Whole Foods Market. (June 2014)
  • Graduated 29 Artisans in Bangladesh out of poverty (January 2016)
  • Awarded the Intercultural Innovation Award by the UNAOC and BMW Group (April 2016)
  • Graduated 13 Artisans in Ghana out of poverty (October 2016)
  • Theresa Carrington named Queen Mother of Development of Zaare and Nyariga areas of Ghana (October 2016)