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Kari Hughes

Kari Hughes LLP is the co-founder of Buy The Change LLC, a Michigan based, social enterprise, accessories company and the Buy The Change Foundation, a 501©3 non-profit organization. Buy The Change is one of only a handful of certified BCorps in Michigan.Founded in 2011, the primary focus of Buy The Change is to bring economic empowerment to female artisans in the developing world through the sale of their handcrafted goods. The Buy The Change Foundation was founded in 2013 and offers funding in the form of grants to partner artisans with the goal of eliminating barriers to business and family success.Working with NGOs in 8 developing countries, BTC works to identify and partner with independent home based artisans and small women’s cooperatives in order to give them access to the American marketplace.Kari has a B.S. in Community Health Education from Eastern Washington University and an M.A. in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology from The Michigan School of Professional Psychology. She brings 25 years of experience working with women and children, both in the public health sector, and as a psychotherapist to her social change based mission.Building relationships with partner artisans plays a major role in the mission of Buy The Change. Kari has traveled extensively to meet individually with producers and partner NGO staff. Through these relationships she is able to gain a better understanding of the challenges they face on a daily basis and view firsthand the economic benefits being created.

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