Hi everyone! My name is Jen Biswas and I run the online boutique Paisley + Sparrow. I live in Minneapolis with my husband and our adorable rescue dog, Chloe, and I’m pregnant with our first baby, a boy due any day now! I love to run, knit, drink copious amounts of coffee and organize anything that can be organized.
I started my shop after spending 11 months abroad on a mission trip. While overseas, I worked with a number of really amazing organizations that inspired me with the idea of opening up a store! One was with a school in Uganda where we worked with girls who had been abducted by the LRA. They gave the girls an education from elementary school all the way through vocational training so they could get a job. Another organization I worked with was in Thailand with girls who were formally sex trafficked. Once these girls were rescued, they were able to get counseling, education and ultimately a job. While they were there they would make jewelry – the jewelry was sold to help keep this amazing organization going.
I was so inspired by these organizations that when I returned home I decided to do something to help them out. I created a way to sell their products in order to allow them to continue helping women who desperately needed help which is now Paisley + Sparrow.
Last Christmas I was looking for an organization to donate part of my holiday sales to, so you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered The Her Initiative – an organization focused on women (which I love) that is working hard to get them clean water and the necessary hygiene and health skills they need! During my time abroad, I saw firsthand how hard it can be for women to have enough clean water for their day. I saw how far they would have to walk to get to a well and the incredibly long line they would have to stand in to get the water they needed. It broke my heart! I loved learning about The Her Initiative and hearing about everything they are doing to help women get the clean water they deserve.
This spring I was able to be a part of a Party for Her in Minneapolis and spent some time with The Her Initiative’s founder, Kayla. I really loved how Kayla and her team not only inspired everyone to get involved, but also educated everyone on the seriousness of clean water and proper hygiene. It can be hard for us to imagine that some kids have never brushed their teeth or that 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases. I was thankful for the gentle reminder of just how serious clean water and proper hygiene is.
I’m so excited to be a Her Ambassador for so many reasons! I’m excited to share about all of the amazing work The Her Initiative is doing to bring clean water and health and hygiene curriculum to women all over the world and to educate my community on why this is so important. I’m excited to host my own Party for Her to allow others to be part of what The Her Initiative is doing. Overall, I’m just really honored to represent an organization that is truly doing all it can to make the world a better place and to make a difference in the lives of women all over the world.