I have stayed home with my children for ten years now, we are fortunate enough to be able to live on one income. That means that for almost ten years, I have been “working” by caring for our boys and keeping up with the house. Every Mom out there knows that it’s work, even though we don’t bring in an income. I have loved every minute of my time at home and would not trade it for anything. That being said, I have felt the stigma that goes along with the “Stay Home Mom” title, people judged me for not contributing financially. It did bother me some even though I knew that I was valued by my family.
Last year I started blogging and I loved it. I could share my recipes, crafts and really just about anything I wanted on my site and I had people who followed me and responded to my posts. I have slowly started to make an income with my blog, which is fabulous, and I feel that I am still home with my kids but making a little extra money too. I was empowered by my success and it made me feel important and valued by more than my family.
Maybe you wonder why I am telling you this? I have some awesome news to share with you today about Walmart’s launch of their Empowering Women Together campaign where they will be offering more than 200 items from 19 small women owned businesses in nine different countries. The products include jewelry from Peru, Rwanda, Kenya and the U.S.; home accessories from Rwanda and Haiti, Paper Mache from Haiti, apparel and accessories from Rwanda and much more. With each purchase, consumers lift and empower the women behind these products to create new jobs and improve both their own lives and the lives of their families and communities.
Empowering Women Together is a part of Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic 5-year commitment through 2016 to source $20 Billion from women-owned businesses.
Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and Walmart partnered in support of this campaign. Walmart compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.