Behind The Butter

Noonday Blog Train {GIVEAWAY}

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I’m so excited to be part of the Noonday “Blog Train” this morning! What’s the blog train, you ask? Well, to celebrate our awesome Fall line coming out, a bunch of us Noonday ambassadors have been sharing how Noonday has made a difference in our lives. I’ll also be offering a great giveaway at the end of this post, so take a seat, grab your coffee and read on.

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When I became a Noonday Ambassador last Spring I had no idea the profound impact it would make on my life. Actually I think it took being in Ethiopia and meeting our artisans face to face to really sink in. So often, I feel like we look for ways we can help people in poverty that we forget of the many ways that they help us.

I know for a fact that Noonday helps people. I know this because I’ve seen first-hand the joy on people’s faces over having a job that helps pay for important things that we often take for granted, like education and health care. I’ve heard amazing stories of lives changed, marriages restored and children getting to go to school for the first time. That’s incredible and it makes it feel proud to be associated with such an organization that focuses on job creation as a sustainable approach to help fight poverty.

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However, I want to talk for a second on how Noonday has helped me. More than anything, it’s helped me not take anything I have for granted and to live with more joy in my day to day life. Simple things we have like clean drinking water, an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies and a comfy bed to sleep on every night is not something that the majority of the world gets to share. I don’t want to be a person that just gets comfortable in my own little safe bubble — I want to live and love more fully, being thankful every day for the blessings I have.

I want to share this letter with you guys from Jalia, our lead artisan who heads up the African Style group in Uganda. I was so happy that she gave me permission to share it with all of you. It makes me cry every time so warning: have Kleenex handy.

Dear Noonday,

Please send our love to all of the ambassadors. Tell them we really appreciate the work they do for us. Every one of us would love to share how noonday orders have changed our lives. Right now we give work to more than 60 women in the Acholi quarters of Banda. These are the women who were displaced by the war in northern Uganda. We have a group of 30 women in the lweza village, 20 women in Sseguku and another 20 in Kitende. All these women did not have any other source of income, and now they are able to support their families from the money they earn by rolling beads for us.

Apart from these 130 women, we have 40 people at the workshop, whose lives have been transformed tremendously. Nemma came to us after her husband abandoned her and her 3 children. They were left with no food, shelter or clothes; we gave her a job, and some home items. Today Nemma can afford to feed her children, pay her rent and clothe them. School fees are still difficult but there is a smile back on her face. We have never seen her smile like we do now.

Maama muzei is a poor widow who had lost all hope after her husband’s death. But now she has found love, hope, and comfort in our workshop. She works hard on Noonday orders and right now she is one of our highest earning employees. Her children are happier now than ever.

Raymond is a young man who never knew the love of his father. His step father managed to help him attend high school, but could not fulfill his dreams of going to university. He has worked for us for two years now, cutting paper, and helping us with our accounting. Through his savings and African Style’s contribution, Raymond started university two weeks ago. He now cuts paper from morning to 4:00pm and then goes to school in the evening. He is a very happy young man, thanks to your orders.

Bukenya and Coral are doing well! Bukenya is now one of our best earners, he has saved enough money to buy land and he is now buying materials to start building his house. He used to live on the street as a homeless man and now he is building his own house!

As for us, you guys have changed our lives. We not only have all of our basic needs met, but we have experienced the joy of sharing with the needy, and that has been very fulfilling. We have grown so much in such a short time. We offer medical help to all our artisans, we provide clean drinking water, and we give micro loans to our workers, which helps them to start their own projects to supplement their income. We also celebrate birthdays for all our workers with cake and soda. Many of our artisans say this is the first birthday they have ever celebrated. We provide accommodation to some of our workers, break tea and even lunch sometimes. We also do a daily bible study and counseling once a week. All these are the joys that you guys have given us. This ministry in business has always been our dream, thank you for helping us to realize it.

May God bless you, thank you for partnering with us in changing lives in Uganda! Blessings!!!

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Today I’ll be giving away a $50 Noonday Collection gift card and I’m linking to my friend, McCall, who will be posting about Noonday {and hosting another giveaway!} tomorrow. Be sure to check it out!

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  • Jen E
    September 17, 2013 at 2:51 am

    What an inspiring post – thanks for sharing!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    September 17, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Noonday is such a great organization! Beautiful post!

  • cori
    September 17, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Great cause

  • Danielle
    September 17, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Gosh, I’m so glad you became involved with Noonday. For you, for me, and for all women who could use such an inspring reminder of what matters. Thank you for sharing your experience with us! I’d love to help the cause.

  • Jackie
    September 17, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Very inspiring post-and fabulous giveaway!

  • MB
    September 17, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Great ccause

  • ashley
    September 17, 2013 at 3:36 am

    what a great group you are part of!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    September 17, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Thanks for sharing all these stories, Jenna!

  • Carol
    September 17, 2013 at 3:40 am

    So awesome@

  • Belinda
    September 17, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • Bill
    September 17, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Great cause

  • Erin
    September 17, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Awesome story! Thanks for sharing.

  • Krista
    September 17, 2013 at 3:54 am

    This is amazing!! Thanks for sharing : )

  • JC Carter
    September 17, 2013 at 3:55 am

    I love this. Thank you for sharing

  • Adele
    September 17, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Such beautiful jewelry!

  • Jen
    September 17, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Great letter, thanks for sharing!

  • ellie
    September 17, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Love and such a wonderful letter

  • Paige Bagen
    September 17, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Thank you Jenna!

  • Colleen
    September 17, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Amazing letter – thanks for sharing Jenna.

  • Pam
    September 17, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Beautiful! The smiles! Thank you.

  • Noel
    September 17, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Thank you for a lovely post and a great giveaway!

  • Laurin
    September 17, 2013 at 4:22 am

    I’ve loved reading your posts about Noonday and am so interested in sustainability like what Noonday provides. Beautiful products as well! Thanks for doing what you do.

  • Amber
    September 17, 2013 at 4:22 am

    And these are just a few of the people impacted. Thanks for sharing their stories.

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    September 17, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Beautiful stories! What a great program!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    September 17, 2013 at 4:23 am

    This is SO amazing

  • Cara's Healthy Cravings
    September 17, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Beautiful!

  • Dana
    September 17, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Thank you for sharing, absolutely amazing!

  • Erin
    September 17, 2013 at 4:30 am

    What an inspiring post – thanks for sharing your heart with us!

  • Megan
    September 17, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Thanks for sharing this post, Noonday sounds like a great program

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life
    September 17, 2013 at 4:32 am

    So awesome. Thanks for sharing in such detail how’s Noonday has changed you and it’s workers in Africa. I love hearing testimony of changed lives!

  • Kelsey
    September 17, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Thanks for sharing. I love learning outside of the kitchen stuff about you!

  • Kalyn
    September 17, 2013 at 4:39 am

    I love their products!

  • Claire
    September 17, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Beautiful!

  • Leah
    September 17, 2013 at 4:45 am

    What an awesome story! Too often we forget that true service is a two-way street

  • Katie
    September 17, 2013 at 4:46 am

    What a touching letter!

  • Julia
    September 17, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I have been to Africa a couple times to teach and I cannot tell you how true your post was-as much as I was teaching the kids how to learn English and math, living with them made me a completely changed person. They are such beautiful people with the most purely generous hearts.

  • Marie
    September 17, 2013 at 4:48 am

    What a wonderful organization. I love all of the sweet smiling faces of the children in the photograph.

  • Katie G
    September 17, 2013 at 4:48 am

    This is such a great program. So inspiring. Thanks very much for sharing!

  • Amy
    September 17, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Wow…”a sustainable approach to help fight poverty.” An awesome, inspiring organization!

  • Jil K.
    September 17, 2013 at 4:54 am

    This is such an incredible post! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Margarita
    September 17, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful letter. Such an inspiring program. πŸ™‚

  • Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes
    September 17, 2013 at 4:56 am

    What a wonderful company! I was just looking at their website the other day and drooling over their gorgeous jewelry!

  • ali
    September 17, 2013 at 4:59 am

    great cause πŸ™‚

  • Brandy
    September 17, 2013 at 5:00 am

    What a great organization and cause. I loved hearing the personal stories of the women and men this organization has helped. Thank you!

  • Ann
    September 17, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Love Noonday! Already bought things and love them!

  • Mina
    September 17, 2013 at 5:04 am

    What a wonderful organization! They are lucky to have you!

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    September 17, 2013 at 5:07 am

    the sustainability factor of this company is so great, and so is the fact that they’re putting out quality product on top of it…that’s pride in work, and it’s so necessary to sustain an organization.

  • Julianne
    September 17, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Beautiful mission, beautiful jewelry!

  • Katherine
    September 17, 2013 at 5:09 am

    thanks for sharing!

  • Tini
    September 17, 2013 at 5:09 am

    What an inspiring read! I have checked out many times the beautiful Noonday products wishing it would be possible to get them in Europe. Maybe one day?!
    Keep up the good work!
    xo Tini

  • janine
    September 17, 2013 at 5:14 am

    thanks for sharing your passion for this wonderful organization πŸ™‚

  • Kate
    September 17, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Nicole
    September 17, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica K
    September 17, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Perspective.

  • Andrea
    September 17, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I love hearing about the work that is being done for these people.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In
    September 17, 2013 at 5:17 am

    so incredible!

  • Cassie
    September 17, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Amazing…thanks for sharing!

  • hilary
    September 17, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Beautiful post! I would love to become an ambassador one day!

  • Caroline
    September 17, 2013 at 5:22 am

    This is really inspiring and so wonderful to hear the stories of people that Noonday has helped!

  • Nicole
    September 17, 2013 at 5:22 am

    What a wonderful adventure. Thank you for sharing both your story and the stories of the Noonsday women.

  • Stephanie B.
    September 17, 2013 at 5:24 am

    How touching! Great ministry.

  • Sarah D.
    September 17, 2013 at 5:28 am

    This is a beautiful post. Thank you!

  • Amanda
    September 17, 2013 at 5:33 am

    What an awesome cause! Noonday is such a great organization…with AMAZING products!

  • Meagan M
    September 17, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Love Noonday! What an awesome giveaway

  • Rachel
    September 17, 2013 at 5:35 am

    great organization – using sustainable solutions to tackle a big problem. wonderful!

  • Lacey
    September 17, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Love noonday!

  • Cassie
    September 17, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Love that you are supporting this great company/cause. Please continue to share about your involvement & how we can help!

  • Julie V.
    September 17, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Lovely post.

  • Nicole
    September 17, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Beautiful and inpsiring…basically what everything should be in life.

  • Bethany
    September 17, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Noonday is doing such great things for other people! This was a beautiful post

  • caitlin
    September 17, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Inspiring! Love that you are using your blog powers to promote a great organization.

  • MaryK.
    September 17, 2013 at 5:44 am

    As soon as the holidays roll around I’ll be ordering a couple of items I’ve had my eye on (unless of course I win the giveaway and have extra funds earlier. haha).

  • Kelly
    September 17, 2013 at 5:45 am

    What a wonderful group to be involved with.

  • Shanna
    September 17, 2013 at 5:46 am

    What a wonderful organization!

  • Sarah
    September 17, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Beautiful post! Love the mission behind Noonday

  • liz
    September 17, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Love this!

  • mrsblocko
    September 17, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Great giveaway, for a great cause!

  • Becca
    September 17, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Amazing story! Thanks for sharing!

  • Chelsea Burger
    September 17, 2013 at 5:51 am

    such a wonderful organization. I volunteer with an org. called Room to Read which helps builds schools and libraries and fund girls’ education in third countries around the world. I’ve never gotten to visit the schools, but can understand how seeing the impact firsthand could transform you.

  • Emily
    September 17, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Thank you for sharing that touching letter. What a wonderful organization!

  • Maggie
    September 17, 2013 at 5:55 am

    This sounds like an amazing organization and something like this is what I hope to get involved with one day!

  • Abby
    September 17, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Love this πŸ™‚

  • Carolyn
    September 17, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Very inspiring post. Thank you for brightening up my day πŸ™‚

  • Emily G
    September 17, 2013 at 6:01 am

    I LOVE the Noonday Fall collection and love seeing how it benefits others!

  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    September 17, 2013 at 6:02 am

    what a moving letter!

  • christina.vd
    September 17, 2013 at 6:02 am

    I love this initiative!

  • christina.vd
    September 17, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I love their work!

  • Kelly J. R.
    September 17, 2013 at 6:03 am

    That letter gave me goosebumps.

  • Lindsay
    September 17, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I am so in love with noonday. What a great organization.

  • Sam Terry
    September 17, 2013 at 6:08 am

    When I was struggling to get myself and my two children out of poverty, it wasn’t so much the fear or fatigue that got to me, it was the loss of dignity. I reach out and hug all the Noonday Ambassadors.. thanks for giving people back their dignity.

  • Kelsey
    September 17, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Love this post! Thanks for sharing!

  • Erin D
    September 17, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Thank you for the chance! I love reading all of the testimonies from ambassadors!

  • Tracy
    September 17, 2013 at 6:17 am

    So wonderful to hear these stories and to be inspired to make a difference!

  • Michelle
    September 17, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Beautiful picture at the bottom!

  • Katie Graham
    September 17, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Sounds like a wonderful organization!

  • Kathryn
    September 17, 2013 at 6:24 am

    What amazing stories!

  • Danielle
    September 17, 2013 at 6:25 am

    What a great cause (and giveaway!) πŸ™‚

  • Laura
    September 17, 2013 at 6:30 am

    This is such a great cause. Thank you for sharing!

  • Ruth
    September 17, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I love this post!! I’m sitting here wearing a noonday necklace, bracelet, and earrings – and my necklace was made in Uganda. How great to hear the stories of those who have been blessed by such a great company! I’d love to be an ambassador one day. And I would LOVE to win this gift card!

  • Michelle
    September 17, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Thanks for giving us an insight into the mission and success of this organization! I am inspired by these individuals and their stories!

  • Elizabeth
    September 17, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Love the concept of Noonday! Thanks for posting!

  • stephanie b
    September 17, 2013 at 6:36 am

    a wonderful organization!

  • Heather
    September 17, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Great post and cause- thank you for sharing with us!

  • Cari
    September 17, 2013 at 6:36 am

    This is SO great. Your posts and the stories that you share are inspiring me to want to help out with Noonday as well! Thanks Jenna!

  • Beth
    September 17, 2013 at 6:38 am

    As someone who used to work in the field of international development, I love learning more about this cause.

  • Lisa Beech
    September 17, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Thanks for posting that letter. So many stories of hope. I plan on purchasing several pieces this year as Christmas gifts. I love Noonday. Thanks for the mission of hope!

  • Caity
    September 17, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Noonday is such a wonderful cause! I just love that you have gotten so involved with them, and are using the success of your blog to get involved and help these women!

  • Christa
    September 17, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Beautiful and inspiring! I love Noonday and appreciate that everything goes to such a great cause!

  • Jennifer
    September 17, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Noonday seems like such a great organization. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • kate
    September 17, 2013 at 6:43 am

    What a great post!!

  • Karen
    September 17, 2013 at 6:44 am

    So touching! I love that you use this space to support such a great cause.

  • Becky B
    September 17, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Noonday sounds like such a great organization!

  • Becky
    September 17, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Thanks for sharing this important cause! I spent time in Uganda about 5 years ago and reading this letter brought back memories of some of the people I met there.

  • Stacey
    September 17, 2013 at 6:54 am

    What an inspiring story and a great organization πŸ™‚

  • Catie
    September 17, 2013 at 6:55 am

    The Galapagos Necklace is gorgeous! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  • Carla
    September 17, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Wow. I’m literally left speechless after that letter.

  • Alex
    September 17, 2013 at 6:58 am

    thanks for all you do! i love reading your blog and following you on your journey.

  • Charlsi
    September 17, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Leslie
    September 17, 2013 at 6:58 am

    The Noonday collection is beautiful and the cause is something I am very much behind. One of my goals this holiday season is to buy gifts that are contributing to a greater cause–Noonday will be on my list!

  • Katelin
    September 17, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Loving all I’ve read about Noonday, Jenna! Still would love to host a show with you if we can figure it at out at somepoint!

  • gwen
    September 17, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Love hearing firsthand about the impact Noonday’s making. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • stephanie
    September 17, 2013 at 7:05 am

    love the gray whispers cowl!

  • Kate
    September 17, 2013 at 7:07 am

    What a great organization!

  • Jessica
    September 17, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for a message of hope this morning.

  • Claire
    September 17, 2013 at 7:13 am

    What an amazing organization. I will definitely be doing my holiday shopping through Noonday. Thanks for sharing

  • Michelle
    September 17, 2013 at 7:14 am

    How inspiring!

  • Ilana
    September 17, 2013 at 7:16 am

    What an inspiring and beautiful letter. Thanks for helping start my day off right.

  • Casey
    September 17, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Love this Jenna!

  • Katie
    September 17, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Fantastic!!

  • Kelly
    September 17, 2013 at 7:21 am

    What an inspiring letter!

  • katy lafen
    September 17, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Great work

  • Carly Pritchard
    September 17, 2013 at 7:27 am

    What an amazing experience and opportunity to change lives.

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    September 17, 2013 at 7:31 am

    It’s so nice that you’ve found an organization to be passionate about,while giving back! Thank you for doing the giveaway!

  • Nadia
    September 17, 2013 at 7:35 am

    A wonderful organization! Your lucky to have found such a way of helping and making a difference.

  • Erin W
    September 17, 2013 at 7:35 am

    What a great organization – thank you for sharing!

  • Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat
    September 17, 2013 at 7:41 am

    What an inspiring letter and great company to work for!

  • Heather
    September 17, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Love reading your posts on this organization!

  • Kim P
    September 17, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Thank you for sharing such a sweet uplifting letter.

  • Anne
    September 17, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I worked in microfinance for a while so I LOVE sustainable and empowering approaches to alleviate poverty and promote micro-businesses!

  • Jenna H
    September 17, 2013 at 7:50 am

    An organization as lovely as the jewelry and accessories they make!

  • Caroline
    September 17, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I love that you’ve partnered with and are working with such an amazing organization!

  • Gia
    September 17, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I can’t tell if I entered the giveaway… Hope so!

  • Julia
    September 17, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for sharing your story! Love Noonday!

  • Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac
    September 17, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I love reading these posts. They are so inspiring and it’s awesome to see how the organization is really making a difference!

  • Katie
    September 17, 2013 at 8:01 am

    What a cool and inspiring thing!

  • Chelsea Shors
    September 17, 2013 at 8:02 am

    LOVE! What a great organization.

  • Brandy
    September 17, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I ordered leather clutch after I saw it on yr blog, and I love it. The quality is amazing, and I was glad to contribute. Thanks for sharing this wonderful organization with us.

  • Renee C.
    September 17, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Great giveaway Jenna!

  • Sarah H.P.
    September 17, 2013 at 8:27 am

    This is a wonderful post for a wonderful cause!

  • Nicole
    September 17, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Really beautiful. What a great organization.

  • Abbey
    September 17, 2013 at 8:37 am

    What a wonderful cause!

  • jen
    September 17, 2013 at 8:40 am

    So inspiring!!!

  • Cameron Z
    September 17, 2013 at 8:43 am

    What a great organization!

  • Molly
    September 17, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  • Barbara
    September 17, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Wow, you are super inspiring! What an amazing company

  • Janelle
    September 17, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Thanks for sharing about Noonday – sounds like a great organization.

  • vaishali
    September 17, 2013 at 8:49 am

    wow…such a great organization.

  • Laura F.
    September 17, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Great post!! Maybe one day I can go to Ethiopia my dream!!

  • Bethany
    September 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Such a great company! I love that they are helping by providing jobs!

  • Corinne
    September 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

    This is fantastic. Can’t wait for the fall line!

  • Annalisa
    September 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Love what Noonday stands for!

  • KPH in LH
    September 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

    very inspiring! My sister is hosting a Noonday event next month and I’m very excited about it!

  • Kristina N.
    September 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Thanks for sharing this. Love it!

  • Emily
    September 17, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Beautiful post. And what an amazing way of empowering women and families around the globe.

  • Emma
    September 17, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I love seeing more and more companies like Noonday opening up possibilities for people around the world. It’s so wonderful that people in the US can make a living doing something that also employs people living in much more dire circumstances. Thank you for bringing Noonday to my attention!

  • Heather R
    September 17, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Inspiring cause!

  • Courtney
    September 17, 2013 at 9:05 am

    How inspiring!!

  • Sara
    September 17, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I love this company!

  • Whitney @ Pancakes and Tulips
    September 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Such a wonderful post! I love inspiring messages!

  • Lynne M Meyer
    September 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Another inspiring post! Just one more reason to love your site. πŸ™‚

  • Julie
    September 17, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Such a lovely post! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your journey.

  • chelsey
    September 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I love everything about noonday! Thanks for sharing that etter.

  • Julie
    September 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Wow, I had no idea how much Noonday has helped these wonderful people. Thanks for sharing their story.

  • Laura
    September 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Great post and thank you for sharing!

  • Sharon Burgoyne
    September 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I entered but wasn’t able to post but I have my eyes on two necklaces to add to my collection. Thank you for putting the spotlight on such a great cause.

  • MaryLee
    September 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

    What a beautiful letter. They are truly inspiring. <3

  • Kelly Mitchem
    September 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I really love this, very inspiring for me. I love the organization and the jewelry is fabulous!

  • Helen
    September 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Thanks for sharing, Jenna! It’s great to hear about Noonday from the women who are the heart and soul of the organization.

  • Kerri
    September 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Thanks for sharing. What a great program.

  • Kim
    September 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

    It’s been great hearing more about this organization!

  • Valerie B
    September 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Love to see women being empowered to change their lives!

  • Isela
    September 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Can’t wait to order a piece!

  • Jen F.
    September 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Sounds like a really great cause!

  • Lora
    September 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Wow, thanks for sharing that letter.

  • Kelly
    September 17, 2013 at 9:30 am

    love hearing about noonday! thanks for sharing.

  • Anneke S
    September 17, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I think this is such a worthy organization. I took a trip to Africa this year myself, and I am no longer taking a lot of things for granted anymore.

  • Kim Scott
    September 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Amazing…with the floods in my neighborhood in Colorado, it IS humbling to realize how much we all take for granted….

  • Claire L
    September 17, 2013 at 9:37 am

    What a lovely organization! I like that they have branches in various parts of the world, too.

  • Kristen
    September 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Lovely! Glad to support this organization.

  • Monica
    September 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Loved hearing from the Noonday women! I can’t wait to check out their beautiful products. Amazing & inspiring. Thanks Jenna!

  • jen
    September 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Thanks so much for sharing! What a great organization to work with!

  • Caitlin
    September 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I cant wait to order some! Love the whole noonday line and reasoning!

  • Lindsey
    September 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

    It really is amazing how far one’s efforts can take them. How rewarding to read letters like these – when you can connect with those you’ve helped, to see how much their lives have been improved.

  • JennieM
    September 17, 2013 at 9:45 am

    What a lovely letter! So glad they can actually put actual accomplishements to real people…

  • Allison
    September 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This warms my heart. It is nice to hear some good news for a change!

  • Joanne
    September 17, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Beautiful post, thanks for sharing!

  • Amanda Bricknell
    September 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

    You were right, I needed my Kleenex. Thank you for sharing how much our purchasing power is making a difference!

  • Jenn Michael
    September 17, 2013 at 10:03 am

    What a great company!

  • lovely jasmin
    September 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

    thankssssssssss

  • Laura
    September 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I LOVE Noonday! My mom is hosting a trunk show for our Ethiopian adoption next month!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    September 17, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Beautiful letter, tremendous work that’s being done-and a very inspiring post with reality checks we all can use. Thank you.

  • Nicole
    September 17, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I love this ministry’s goals and focus! What a great thing to be a part of, Jenna! Thanks for sharing.

  • Chelsea
    September 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for sharing this. Very inspiring!

  • Erika
    September 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

    How nice to be able to see and hear about the impact firsthand!

  • Eva
    September 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Love love love this collection — thank you for a great giveaway!

    Have a great day!

  • Steff
    September 17, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Great post, and a great cause!

  • Emma
    September 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

    A great giveaway and a great cause!

  • Urban Wife
    September 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

    What an awesome ministry!

  • Holly
    September 17, 2013 at 10:25 am

    What a great way to experience the world cross-culturally!

  • Lauren
    September 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Awesome giveaway – and for such a good cause!

  • Heather @ Heather's Dish
    September 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

    It’s been so amazing to watch your transformation to living a life of more joy ever since you became an ambassador. What a beautiful full-circle story!

  • CaitlinT
    September 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

    It’s great to hear these success stories! How wonderful!

  • Lauren
    September 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Great cause, Jenna!

  • Carly Bean
    September 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

    It always make me happy to read posts about Noonday. I have fallen in love with the company and everything they help make possible. Thank you for helping spread the love. πŸ™‚

  • Mallory
    September 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Love Noonday!

  • Kaylin
    September 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Great story, great giveaway!

  • Maryz
    September 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Great give away! Thanks for sharing!

  • rebekah
    September 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Sounds like a great cause, thanks for sharing these stories!

  • Tara
    September 17, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Such a great cause… and unique products. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lauren F.
    September 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I’m planning on going to Noonday first when I start my holiday shopping, so many beautiful products that help give back at a time when that’s what’s most important anyways.

  • Adin
    September 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for sharing your passions!

  • Christine T
    September 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I just finished your book and loved it! Was great to read about your experiences and interesting to find out that the Sonoma winery competition was the company my husband works for! Small world!

  • Holly G.
    September 17, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Thank you for sharing! A truly inspiring post and project!

  • Caroline L.
    September 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

    The world can be such a beautiful, beautiful place if we all just come together and find ways to support and encourage each other and work hand-in-hand. Really inspiring – great organization!

  • Keri-Danielle
    September 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I’ve been following your blog for quite a long time now and I love to see your involvement in helping others. So inspiring!

  • Marcia
    September 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

    What a great story! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Lindsay S.
    September 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I love Noonday and their new fall line – everything is gorgeous!!!!

  • Laura T.
    September 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

    sounds like an amazing organization!

  • Emily
    September 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Beautiful post and stories!

  • Vivian
    September 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

    What a great cause!

  • Lauren S
    September 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Noonday seems like such a great organization. I love reading blogs because it gives me a chance to learn about such amazing things all over the world!

  • Amanda
    September 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies
    September 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Noonday seems like such a wonderful organization. I am excited to purchase my first piece sometime soon. Thank you for sharing Noonday with us!

  • Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens)
    September 17, 2013 at 11:44 am

    So awesome! I would love to get involved with such a meaningful organization! Your posts always inspire me!

  • Tera
    September 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Lovely stories πŸ™‚

  • sherri
    September 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    so great to be making a difference!

  • Lauren C
    September 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Great cause & cute stuff! A winning combo πŸ™‚

  • Emily W.
    September 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Love the jewelry and more importantly what it represents!

  • Chelsea
    September 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    What an amazing group of people! πŸ™‚

  • Julie
    September 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    What a beautiful letter!

  • Sissy
    September 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Love the jewelry and textiles!!

  • Katie
    September 17, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Such a great cause!

  • Danielle
    September 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing.

  • Mindy Anliker
    September 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I love Noonday and everything it stands for! Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie
    September 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Amazing and beautiful

  • Christine P
    September 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you for telling people about great organizations like these!!

  • Gail
    September 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you – Happy Hump Day tomorrow

  • Amie
    September 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    This is so great! Thanks for spreading the word!

  • Bryony @ Friday Night Dinners -- PDX
    September 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    That was a beautiful letter. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cindy A.
    September 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    What an inspiration! Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway.

  • Lauren
    September 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I recently bought the Genet scarf and LOVE it!

  • lauren
    September 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I went to Uganda almost 2 years ago and your post is so inspiring! It makes me want to go back even more than I already do!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    September 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Their handy work is so beautiful. I don’t know who wouldn’t want a piece.

  • Gwyn
    September 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    What beautiful things they have to offer, They have great gift ideas.

  • sara
    September 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you for introducing me to noonday products. I am really enjoying your posts about this amazing company.

  • Cassidy
    September 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Love this! I’m planning on getting my girl relatives gifts from Noonday and FashionABLE for Christmas. Great cause, gorgeous stuff.

  • Michelle
    September 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    How amazing. I love reading about Noonday and the families that are so greatly benefiting from this org. Absolutely wonderful πŸ™‚

  • Holly G.
    September 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This is a really beautiful post, thank you!

  • Jill
    September 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Amazing work is being done!

  • cecile
    September 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Great stories. We need to realize that what we have is a blessing from God, be thankful everyday with what we have.

  • aly
    September 17, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I love organizations that empower women!

  • Kristin
    September 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    So inspiring. I took your Kleenex comment with a grain of salt and now here I am sniffling! Happy tears πŸ™‚ Praise God!

  • Elizabeth
    September 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I love the sustainability Noonday creates. And I always get compliments on my beautiful Noonday pieces.

  • Emily
    September 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Great work!

  • Mrs. O
    September 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Yes, I cried too:)

  • Kenzie
    September 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Partnership is the future! Thank you for this.

  • Brianna
    September 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Excited to hear about the good things happening through Noonday!

  • Kate
    September 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    What a powerful organization!

  • Lisa
    September 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing their stories!

  • Jen Gray
    September 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    This is such a wonderful way to support our sisters and brothers in humanity across the world. Thanks for letting us know about it Jenna!

  • Shannon O.
    September 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    What beautiful products, and what a great cause! Thanks for sharing!

  • Amanda K
    September 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I just love what this organization is doing. Thanks for sharing this!

  • rena
    September 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    What an inspiring post! Happy Tuesday πŸ™‚

  • Shelly
    September 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Great giveaway & stories <3

  • Wendi Hansen
    September 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    So inspiring! I love what Noonday does and I commend you for reaching out and helping to spread the word! <3

  • Melissa O.
    September 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    What an awesome story! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  • Mary frazier
    September 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    What a beautiful and inspiring post!

  • Megan
    September 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I hate to admit it, but I find it somewhat overwhelming to research different businesses and causes in order to find and support truly beneficial, and life changing organizations. However, when I do happen upon one, I am thankful for the resource so that I can give/purchase as I can. Thanks for finding and sharing Noonday!

  • Kristin
    September 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    What an amazing organization and a fun giveaway!

  • Allyson
    September 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Beautiful jewelry and beautiful stories. I hope to order my first piece of jewelry soon!

  • keilah
    September 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Love the beautiful, smiling faces in this post!

  • Melissa
    September 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    This post warmed my heart. As an African-American and Christian, I am so grateful that there are ministry projects like Noonday that are helping Africans rebuild their lives. Great work!!

  • Kim H.
    September 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Beautiful letter and inspiring post.

  • Alexandra
    September 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    lovely!

  • brittany @ brittany cooks
    September 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    beautiful!

  • Erin
    September 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    How amazing — I love what this organization stands for.

  • Krystine
    September 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I am a nurse from the Boston area and traveled to Kenya on a health mission. It is important to leave a mark on your world, not by receiving a noble prize but helping others and in turn enriching yourself. This website is inspiring and reminds me of those selfless, humble, and happy people of Kenya. The jewelry is gorgeous and holds much meaning. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  • Melanie
    September 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    love their scarves and the stories behind them!

  • Ashley N.
    September 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    So beautiful–thank you for being so open!

  • Natalie
    September 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful stories. Beautiful jewelry.

  • Gina G
    September 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing Jenna!!

    • Gina G
      September 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      the stories**

  • tiffany
    September 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Noonday is such a fab organization! And worthy of so much support! I have a bunch of items pinned to my pinterest account and I will definitely be purchasing a few items as gifts for the holiday season. Thanks for spreading more awareness πŸ™‚

  • Aileen Miller
    September 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    thank you for sharing. i love noonday…what an inspiring organization!

  • Coco
    September 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Aww, what a wonderful post !

  • Leslie
    September 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I love how you have included this journey in your blog. It is very inspiring.

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    September 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Ahh I LOVE Noonday jewelry!

  • Luv What You Do
    September 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    What a great way to support a great cause!

  • Robin
    September 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Beautiful story.

  • Jenna
    September 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Love Noonday and their passion to invest in others!

  • Amber
    September 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Very inspiring to know that every little bit helps! Beautiful and touching stories. Thank you for sharing!

  • jan n
    September 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Beautiful post

  • Ellen Getz
    September 18, 2013 at 12:05 am

    It was amazing to read Jalia’s letter! Yay, Noonday!

  • Donna Meade
    September 18, 2013 at 3:34 am

    What an amazing company!

  • Katie
    September 18, 2013 at 4:38 am

    What an amazing organization and an incredible cause!

  • Kirsten
    September 18, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Thank you for sharing your story!

  • kristina edson
    September 18, 2013 at 4:49 am

    All the Noonday items are so pretty!

  • Ali O
    September 18, 2013 at 6:15 am

    I always love hearing about organizations that you can feel good about purchasing from.

  • Anneli
    September 18, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Beautiful post!

  • Lauren
    September 18, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I love this organization!

  • A.
    September 18, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Aw! Both from a personal and a development point of view, it is really encouraging to see a program like this making such a difference.

  • Rachel
    September 18, 2013 at 7:27 am

    What a beautiful letter you shared – thank you! Noonday seems like a really amazing organization!

  • Aly F
    September 18, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I love the stories and the jewelry! I want to be a conscientious shopper!

  • Claire
    September 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Great story! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mary
    September 18, 2013 at 8:31 am

    What an amazing story. Thanks, Jenna!

  • Adriana
    September 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    such a beautiful and inspiring letter! thanks for sharing!

  • M.C. @ThousandStoryKitchen
    September 18, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Wonderful thing you are a part of! Thanks for sharing.

  • Heather
    September 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

    This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jen Papaya
    September 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Everything looks so beautiful in the new line!

  • Bee Jones
    September 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Love. This. Love everything Noonday is about!

  • Rebecca
    September 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Thank you for sharing such a powerful reminder that we can all make a difference. Sometimes a little does go a long way.

  • natalie g
    September 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Noonday is such a wonderful organization! Thanks for sharing and opening your heart πŸ™‚

  • Angie
    September 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

    What beautiful work! This is such a God-glorifying organization!

  • Abbie
    September 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I love love the new Fall line! It is hard to decide on a piece!

  • kolpin
    September 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    what a great cause, and such beautiful jewelry too!

  • Caroline Harris
    September 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Beautiful!

  • Jennifer
    September 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Amazing and inspiring!

  • Jenn
    September 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I love seeing the different making their treasures. What an incredible way to support them:)

  • Kimberly
    September 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    What a touching letter! Thanks for sharing.

  • Sarah
    September 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I love Noonday! The stories are amazing, and I hope this gets around because it is so exciting!

  • AnneG
    September 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway, Jenna, and thanks for the good work you do!

  • jen
    September 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    always so inspiring to hear stories about organizations working along side others..plus their products are beautiful.

  • Emilee Guidorzi
    September 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Love what Noonday is doing to help women across the world make a living for themselves! Excited to support this organization (and get cute jewelry)!

  • Audrey
    September 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I am in need of a couple of pieces of statement jewelry for my dressier outfits.

  • Marnely Rodriguez-Murray
    September 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Such an inspiring brand!

  • Emily
    September 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie M
    September 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Noonday sounds like an incredible organization.

  • Natalia
    September 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks for highlighting this company!

  • India
    September 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I was inspired by your trip recap – on the hunt for a necklace (hoping for something local so I can see it in person). Thank you!

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker
    September 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    What a great post! Thanks for sharing.

  • val
    September 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    such a sweet letter. i didn’t know noonday had more than jewelry, i love the dish towels. might buy them for gifts either way:)

  • Kayla
    September 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! It is wonderful to hear how God is using this amazing company to touch the lives of so many people!

  • Dave
    September 19, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Always inspires me when I see some of the great things like this that people are doing out there. Great job!

  • Amber Masters
    September 19, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Such a great company and great cause! I love how Noonday is helping bring about dignified work for more permanent change (verses temprorary relief from a one time handout). They are helping make a change that will last!

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