By: MOLLY WICKER
When Amy Howard was young, she realized that someone’s environment can truly inspire their life. After developing easy-to-use, professional DIY product lines and helping countless people rescue and restore things from the past, Amy wanted to provide women around the world with the same opportunity. A Makers’ Studio is her way of giving back as the guiding light for creative souls who want nothing more than to build a business out of their heart for making.
“I believe one’s giftings and passions are their unique purpose in life,” she says. “After thirty years of being able to craft a life out of what’s in my heart, A Maker’s Studio now gives me the opportunity to help others do the same.”
Although she enjoys her work, Amy decided that she wanted to expand her business to include a philanthropic element.
After learning more the Institute’s mission and goals, as well as getting to know staff members, Amy felt called to engage on a more personal level with the Institute.
Through a long-term profit-share partnership, Amy has committed to support the Institute through her business. Using a consultant-based model, individuals purchase products through Amy and then host individual gatherings at their homes to sell those products. A portion of the proceeds then go to the Institute.
The product line also includes candles. A Maker’s Studio currently employs three human trafficking survivors in making the artisanal candles.
“The more candles we sell, the more women we’ll get,” Howard said in a recent article in the Daily Memphian. “So we had to start somewhere. My goal is to have another building where we have a whole different line of all different kinds of candles of different sizes and shapes and fragrances.”
According to Amy, business is about more than just consumption. By finding a way to give back, she has forged deep connections with both her customers and her community.