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Guest Post by my high-school classmate Cheryl (thanks Facebook for the reintroduction!), a Jolica Gift Consultant residing in Saskatchewan.
Cheryl (Jolica)
I have been with Jolica since May 2009 and the journey has flown by, full of fun challenges and rewarding results.
This Fair Trade company showcases the quality hand-workmanship of artisans from Chile, Peru, Nepal, India, Thailand, and India. We focus on accessories: silk, cotton, viscose, pashmina, and alpaca scarves; leather and tapestry handbags, totes, briefcases, and wallets; 925 sterling silver jewelry; semi-precious stones; painted glass jewelry. The items are uniquely hand-crafted; no two are exactly alike!

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Here’s my “Top 10” reasons I love being involved with Jolica:

1. Jolica’s products are Fair Trade. Our products are not mass-produced under questionable work conditions; we know who made our items and where they come from; we can even have a relationship with these individuals!

Jolica is proud to be a member of the Fair Trade Federation and to change lives in countries around the world through conscious commerce. We encourage our guests to be intentional about their purchases because their choices, about what and where to buy, matter.

2. We are proudly Canadian! Jolica began in September 2005, in Ontario, the dream of Ted and Darlene Loewen and friend, Ann-Michele Ewert.

3. The Jolica Foundation
Since Jolica began in 2005, five percent of every retail purchase has contributed to changing lives through the Jolica Foundation. We have been honored to provide insecticide-treated mosquito nets in Tanzania, space heaters for homes of the Chilean artisans, kitchen gardens for Afghani women, the gift of sight for people in India blinded by cataracts, or community respect and training for women who test milk in Pakistan.

4. Our prices are fair and reasonable.

–and as a gift consultant: —

5. We have an amazing leadership team by the names of Ted, Darlene, Ann-Michele, and others who listen to our input … and all of whom I would call “Friend”!

6. Sale items count towards party totals. Customers can order from our discontinued product list at reduced rates and still have it benefit their friend, who is hosting a party.

7. As part of our partnership with Jolica, we receive a wonderful free website that we can personalize.

8. Shipping is so very affordable -Only $5 to party host’s address! Our customers do not have to pay postage for returns. And we have an amazing Lifetime Replacement Policy.

9. We have Jump Start – this program lets you count your order twice: when you order as a guest and when you host your own party – it benefits both your friend and you, when you host your own parties.

10. Our incentive/reward trips visit the artisans with whom we partner; we don’t go on touristy cruises… instead we get to meet the locals and discover the true flavour of a place, and I love that!

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The products and business opportunity are open to people in both Canada and the United States.

There are several ways that you can partner with us to make a difference in our world:
*Purchase a gift – On behalf of our committed gift consultants, our talented artisans, and the entire Jolica team, we want you to know that your purchase matters; your party matters. Every Jolica party and every Jolica purchase matters to people in many corners of the world.
*Host a party or fundraiser – As a Jolica hostess you know that your party is not just about you. Of course you enjoy the benefits of a generous hostess plan, but the enduring rewards of hosting a party are felt in the effect that you have on artisan communities through Fair Trade and the Jolica Foundation. Your party can dramatically benefit the livelihood of an artisan in Thailand, the eyesight of an East Indian child, or the life of a Pakistani woman.
*Join our team of gift consultants – Jolica gift consultants love that they can help other people while earning an income themselves. They are delighted to find an opportunity that aligns with their values.

If you would like to know more about Jolica, please visit my website or send me an email: FairTrade @ sasktel.net
Find us also on Facebook and on YouTube.

About the Author


Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com

5 Comments

  1. I can’t buy online??? Noooooooo!
    Megan´s last [type] ..Mirror- mirror- where&8217s the crystal palace

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    Cheryl Tieszen Reply:

    Megan,
    You sure can buy online, but only from individual gift consultants, not from the company. Go to my personal Jolica website or email me.
    Brad,
    This is not a pyramid — those are illegal. It is a party plan business model. It is not a charity. For continued orders to keep coming to the artisans, this needs to be a successful business plan. And it is. It is Fair Trade right down to how the gift consultants are treated as well. Fair Trade companies, such as Jolica, need to meet stringent requirements to be part of organizations like the Fair Trade Federation. Check out their website too.
    I’m super proud to be part of a company that is giving back in so many ways, to the artisans, thru our Foundation projects, by educating the public in regards to fair trade, and by helping women in N. America build their own businesses.
    Cheryl

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    Feb 21, 2011
  2. brad

    I have to say this sounds suspiciously like an old-fashioned pyramid scheme (e.g., Amway, super blue-green algae, etc.) draped in sustainable eco-clothing. At least it seems like everything’s for legitimate causes, but I’ve never felt comfortable with this kind of business model, especially because I’ve seen how it can destroy friendships when a person you know becomes a seller and starts trying to enlist you in the effort.

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    nancy (aka moneycoach) Reply:

    I think Amway has forever tainted us, hasn’t it! I’ve known my fair share of pitches and yes, it takes a toll on the friendship for sure.
    Having said that a) In Yellowknife there’s all kinds of this kind of thing (like Jolica) – selling Pampered Chef (great products) and Party Lite (candles) and it’s not at all about enlisting folks. They have their “territory” and then encourage folks to host parties, invite their friends and then the host gets a gift. Totally different ethos altogether and I’m assuming Jolica falls in this category. b) I don’t in principle object to multi-level marketing; it’s simply a redistribution of the marketing dollars. What ruins it is, as you say, the pressure to become part of your (former) friend’s “downline”.

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    Feb 21, 2011
  3. et

    “Gifts” always seems to me like the strangest category – often useless trinkets regardless of price.

    The things they make look really nice – but the photo of “brown things on a dresser” taken with a flash isn’t doing marketing any good.

    It seems like a good cause and I honestly wish them the best of luck.

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    Feb 24, 2011

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