The Ladies of Charity of the United States of America® is a network of women working together against poverty. We envision, create and implement activities and programs that encourage and empower persons who are vulnerable and economically poor to move from marginalization and despair to participation and hope. We trace our history back to St. Vincent de Paul who founded this mission in 1617 in France.
The “Mission Market” is an online market for the unique goods made by women and men in developing countries where the Daughters of Charity have skill centers. With over 60 countries served by the Daughters’ missions, there is a large diversity of products that will be sold through retail collaborators in the Vincentian family and beyond. Our goal is to expand the outlets for these products so that persons who live in poverty may learn productive skills and build businesses to support their families and communities.
As part of the Vincentian Family we seek approaches which produce systemic change through collaboration. We are partners with the Daughters of Charity International Projects Services (DCIPS), an office of the Daughters of Charity International that helps sisters working in developing countries to obtain funds and resources needed for local projects. We purchase all products at fair value that will be paid to the workers in the Daughter’s Mission skill centers.
Through an online market, retail centers such as hospital and nursing home gift shops, boutiques and thrift stores, and other fundraising endeavors, purchase these items for resale. While alleviating poverty, we aim to foster solidarity in our global Vincentian family with people who are poor throughout the world.
All transactions will be handled through the Ladies of Charity USA, Mission Market office in Kansas City, Missouri.
With products in hand, made from natural resources by ladies in Kenya, a Daughter of Charity attended the Ladies of Charity National Assembly setting up a table, with one goal in mind, introduce the other members to the artisans in Kenya by selling their handmade products. In just a matter of hours the products were sold out, and this was just the beginning. Through the collaboration of the Ladies of Charity and the Daughters of Charity, Mission Market was created. Mission Market would begin to use the world as it’s table, introducing the world to the great handmade crafts designed by men and women in developing countries.
Dignity, respect, and fairness. These are our core values, and part of every interaction with our artisans, collaborators and customers.