1. We're a mostly-women operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit company who has engaged in this endeavor for three reasons:
2. What values will drive our organization’s activity?
3. Selected businesses go through a screening process. Here are some of the guidelines in general:
Why did we start SoulGives?
It came from me being a lost soul myself and realizing that there are many other lost souls that have slipped through the cracks. We do not even know about the reason we do not know about indigenous people.
Is it because we do not speak the same language? How often have you said that another person is not speaking my language? This is what God has placed on my heart and how SoulGives began.
It grew from a meeting I had with a Mayan woman living in Cozumel, Mexico, who was braiding hair in the central square. The cruise ships and tourists had stopped coming to Cozumel and that left virtually all the residents on the island without income. I loved her entrepreneurship and was willing to see how I could help support her efforts. She started spray-painting mugs and boards and my husband, Gary, and I used our experience to sell them through other channels than from a 6-foot long table.
Although the pandemic was tough, we found that even during the best of times, the income of most artisans and small-farm growers barely is above subsistence level. They simply needed a better way to have interested shoppers find their products.
The impact you can make comes from using your gifts to serve alongside God.
Your partnership with us to purchase their crafts, promote the artisan of your choice, or volunteer can help further these beautiful stories.
Board of Directors/Advisors:
She loves to work with people that have fallen through the cracks because they happen to speak a different language or live far from large cities. They need to be heard.
Hazel Calderon Morales
Hazel is SoulGive's accountant. She has managed the financial and tax transactions and reporting for both profit and nonprofit organizations. Originally from San Jose, Costa Rica, she has lived in the west coastal cities in Guanacaste with her husband and two sons for the past five years. She was instrumental in forming the SoulGives nonprofit association in Costa Rica, and has been especially helpful because she is fluent in Spanish and English.
Maritza Baeza Castillo
LeighAnn is a Certified Pedorthist and owns an orthopedic shoe business in Fort Collins, Colorado.
She met Valerie and Gary at a market in Costa Rica and found they had much in common. She has a vision for creating a sandal manufacturing company with Costa Ricans and develop a business where they not only earn a wage, but build esteem from seeing value to their labors.
John Garofalo has had a business career in Real Estate and Mortgage Banking. He ran his own mortgage company for fourteen years that had five offices in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. His passion for Conservation Resource management along with his desire to help those less fortunate is shown in a 50-acre eco-farm in Costa Rica. Visit ranchocostafalo.com to learn about their projects.