“Knowing that Jalia and Daniel were counting on me to get out there and sell their amazing creations inspired me to dream BIG, and their trust in our partnership has kept me going. The beauty of this story is that it’s not just mine. It’s ours. And as it has unfolded, it has proven time and time again that we really are better together than we are alone.”
-Jessica Honegger, founder of Noonday Collection
Do y’all know about Noonday Collection?
They’re one of my favorite companies because I am SO inspired by folks who feel passionate about equipping their community to love people better. Jessica Honegger (Noonday’s founder) created Noonday Collection to do just that.
It all started when she and her husband went to Africa to meet their son, Jack:
While she was there, she met Jalia and Daniel- two talented jewelry designers who dreamed of using fashion to create dignified jobs in their community.
Long (beautiful) story short: Shortly after that trip, Jessica and her friend, Travis, launched Noonday Collection as a way to alleviate poverty through entrepreneurship, and today, Jalia and Daniel own a thriving business in Uganda that employs 100 Artisans in their workshop and 300 Artisans in their community!
And Daniel and Jalia are not alone. Since 2010, Noonday has partnered with 30 more Artisan Businesses in 13 different countries. Together, they have created employment opportunities for more than 2,000 Artisans, and are impacting almost 9,000 family members in vulnerable communities around the world. Praise the Lord!
Jessica hosted the first-ever Noonday Trunk Show in her living room six years ago, and today, women all over the country are hosting them in their homes, too. I hosted my first show this past weekend, and y’all, I am officially hooked. 🙂 I had been wanting to host one for the past couple of years, and now that I’ve done it, I’m not sure why I put it off for so long. All you have to do is open your house and your heart. Or in this case, my neighbor’s house- ha! My friend Jenny was so sweet to let me host my trunk show at her place after church on Sunday afternoon. The weather was gorgeous and preparation was super simple…just some grocery store goodies paired with Jenny’s pretty plates & bottles.
Jenny served sweet tea, and water, and my friend Laura’s coffee…
…and we all had WAY too much fun playing with everything our Noonday Ambassdor Stacy brought for us to try on.
One of my favorite things was this leather necklace extender:
It comes with the gold necklace in the bottom left, but you can literally use it on any extra-long necklace. My friend, Alicia, and I had fun pairing it with several other Noonday necklaces that day. 😀
And, y’all, the party’s not over yet.
Nope, it’s open online until February 10th. Here’s a link if you’d like to have a look-see:
Like I mentioned, everything you’ll see is handmade by Artisans around the world who have partnered with Noonday through Fair Trade.
And speaking of trunk shows, my show is an adoption trunk show because we’re still raising funds to bring Sweet P home. With an adoption trunk show, Noonday allows me to keep 10% of the proceeds from my show to help with our adoption expenses, and because they’re running a special extra rewards program right now, they’re actually giving us an extra 5% to help out! So if you decide to purchase something, (THANK YOU!! 😀 ) just enter LAYLA PALMER at checkout to let Stacy know you’re shopping my show. XO
And because Stacy is so sweet, for every purchase made, your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Noonday gift card. (Thanks again for offering that, Stacy!) I’ll announce the winners name in a blog post here sometime after that, and Stacy will also email the person who wins.
And while we’re talking about Stacy- do you remember her from the very first Blog Threads fundraiser we did? (She and her husband are adopting a little boy from Haiti too!) Well, she wanted me to let y’all know that if you’re interested in launching your own from-home business with Noonday, you can click here to learn more about how it works: Ambassador Opportunity. It really is such an easy way to make an extraordinary global impact!
Thanks for listening to me gush about Noonday today, y’all. I told you they’re one of my favorite companies. 😉
“If you spend yourselves in 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.”