Yes, I'm back in DC, and readjusting to the pace of life here. The One Mango Tree trip, originally planned for two-and-a-half weeks, lasted two months. Now that I am back stateside, the focus is going to be on getting all of this fabulous new merchandise out to you all - as quickly as possible.
One Mango Tree is going viral - that is, through social marketing. We are pulling out all the stops to make our site and our business as interactive as possible, bringing our customers closer than ever to the women who make their products. We'll be doing that in a number of ways, but first and foremost, we want to connect you all to the story - hence the creation of this blog, which is a combination of our news section, field notes, and entries from Locus Amoenus, my personal blog.
Please take some time and browse the entries, I promise you'll emerge an hour later thinking that you teleported to Gulu. In the coming weeks we'll be thoroughly updating our website, linking you directly to the women who make specific products, so that you can read about their individual story. There will also be some new ways to support our work, via donations of critical things like bicycles (our tailors walk miles to the market each day), school fees, etc.
We want your feedback too (that's why it's interactive), so if you have ideas for how One Mango Tree can better connect you with our artisans, please let us know!