Meet Marie-Odile Francois, one of the volunteer managers of Trajectoires Equitable (literally meaning fair paths), a Fair Trade shop based in Clermont l’Hérault in southern France. Marie-Odile and her team have been working with BeadforLife as a wholesale partner since 2011. The staff at Trajectoires Equitable also decided to host a BeadParty at their store. They also took one step further and decided to bring their “Perle Party” (Bead Party in French) into local schools and libraries, animating beading workshops where parents and children could learn to roll paper beads and then create their own unique piece of ethical jewelry using our Savannah loose beads. “The Bead Party participants were very motivated and impressed by the beauty of the beads,” explained Marie-Odile, “and our entire team was pleased by how things went as well as the feedback we received from participants. We have been motivated by this human chain that crosses borders, the work of some ending up in the hands of others, as we keep in mind that our contribution, as modest as it may be, is helping improve the beaders’ living conditions and promote their work.” Run by a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers, Trajectoires Equitable continuously seeks to engage their local community in responsible consumerism and solidarity-based activities.