If you love shopping with a cause, Thistle Farms is the perfect brand for you! The company, founded by Becca Stevens, offers a wide variety of products handmade by women who are survivors of trafficking, addiction, violence, and extreme poverty. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Belmont student and Thistle Farms intern Erica Rivero, who was kind enough to share a few words on the subject. Below is a sneak peek into our conversation.
What made you want to get involved with Thistle Farms?
“My mother is in recovery for alcoholism, so I think that knowing that this is a community of survivors and addicts seemed familiar to me. Recovery is a beautiful, often jagged road. As a community led by and employing almost exclusively women, I knew that this was a community I could feel good about working with. Plus, after getting one as a gift, I haven't used another candle! They smell amazing!”
What is your role in the company?
“I am a marketing intern. I get to be involved with marketing decisions including naming gift sets, organizing photo shoots, and thanking those that volunteer their time. I also do proof approvals and pick up our locally printed stickers and tags. I basically just do whatever needs to be done so the company is able to keep going!”
What is your favorite part about working for Thistle Farms?
“My favorite part is that even my absolute failure of a day is enough for the women of Thistle Farms. I love the "come as you are" company culture. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we meditate. Starting your days hugging and holding onto women while praying for the next woman coming off the streets really grounds me in my purpose.”
What do you admire most about the company?
“For me, everyone that comes to a meditation and hears Becca Stevens speak or buys a product is not the same as they were before. Those products heal you and every time you use them, you know how much love was put into it. In a world where we are trying to find the best deal and a quick fix, taking the time out of your day to commit yourself to love and healing is really incredible. I love helping to market this game-changing product.”
Do you have a favorite product?
“We have a new line coming out on April 1st (this Saturday) so from the new line, I'm in love with the body butter in Citrus Wood! The shave gel is the same formula as before, and I think it would be my all time favorite product. It's actually good for your skin and softens the hair you are about to shave (plus guys can use it on their face without irritation).”
Why should others invest in Thistle Farms products?
“I think that the products we use say a lot about us. For me, I want to support companies that support fair labor wages and genuinely help people. Our founder says that our mission is to help extraordinary people do ordinary things. Each product is probably something you use everyday anyway. Why not buy one that also helps a woman come off the street and get clean, get a car, and/or get her kids back?”
Is there anything else you would like to add about the company?
“I just think that as Women's History Month wraps up, it's our responsibility to make sure that we are still talking about the accomplishments of women in our society.”
Come into our store to hear more about Thistle Farms and support their cause!
Written by Clara Roy