One of my favorite things is having a collection of my favorite items surrounding me – using a bag made by women in Guatemala, my favorite blanket that I found on a magical day in a favorite antique store, the random things friends have given me from travels. What I own may not all go together, may not be in similar color patterns or make sense to a designers eye, but they have a story. And I love having stories all around me.
Social products support stories – products made by people across the world who are using creative resources to create jobs, to make beautiful products, to meet needs of creating products people want. Social goods are becoming more common – a merging of ways for people to meet needs in the social sector through business. A making of products, building of a business to form jobs and use resources. Microentreprises allow people to support others in their area or across the world by buying products they might buy anyway, gift to another, or something special they found that is beautiful and they want to support the story.
Prim Goods are products with a story. Their body care products are made by the women of Primrose Hill, a residential facility supporting mothers with addictions where they can bring their children with them, allowing the family to receive the holistic help that they need. Women in the home are focusing on healing the wounds of the past, the issues that have led them to addictive behaviors. They are focusing on getting healthy so they lead a more fulfilled life free from addictions and be in a better position to care for their children. But Primrose Hill also cares about developing the whole person, setting people up for success after they have finished the program. While these women are in the Primrose Hill program, they are able to help build a business. The focus here is not only future job employability, but teaching business skills. Trading in shame for confidence and a productive future.
Buying Prim Goods is choosing to support the stories of these women. It is choosing to surround yourself with the story as a reminder of the grace we are all in need of, the unpleasant pasts traded in for something more fresh and beautiful, and supporting each other as we all move forward together.