We are allies crafting a global culture of action, opportunity, and respect for people and nature: one hand-made quality creation at a time.
Teysha, or the idea of Teysha, has been inside of us forever because it is what we are meant to do in life. No, not make shoes. But to connect people, to empower and inspire others, to travel and explore, to preserve the earth, and to make a positive impact in the world! Teysha is a manifestation of our past experiences, values, and passions, and it is the highest blessing to have the opportunity to bring it to the world and be met with such amazing support.
Through our many journeys at home and abroad, we have seen the face of poverty and deforestation and the damage they cause. We have studied their roots, lived in these places and imagined ways that we can turn the tide. We believe that social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, and micro-finance are some of the most effective tools for empowering people and places. Through these journeys, we have made so many dear friends who have become like family to us and who have taught us valuable lessons that we wish to share with the world. We have learned that the word "poverty" is complicated- these people are rich in community, culture, history, and creativity yet they are poor in opportunities and options to work for a better future for themselves and their families. We seek to bring more opportunities to the world- both the artisans and the people who purchase our goods.
We created Teysha to represent our belief that as allies we are stronger. The word Teysha (Tay-sha), which means friend or ally, comes from the native Caddo people of our home land, Texas. More than two hundred years ago, the Caddo and surrounding tribes came together in order to protect their communities and their cultural treasures. Inspired by this unity, we are working to create a federation of allies to take action and protect the treasures of our planet and humanity’s cultures.
By joining our mission, you are helping to create a world in which all people have the opportunity to express themselves, to work for peace and a better future, and connect across borders and cultures. Through our work, we also aim to bring lessons and opportunities to people living in developed countries: by sharing stories from each others’ cultures, taking action on the ground, and exchanging beautiful art. We are all a part of Teysha.
One of our favorite things to do is help share what we've learned over the past year- if you have an idea or want to jump into the world of social entrepreneurship, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's change the world!!
Thank you for your support!
Sophie, Travis, Tessa, Hanna, Jackie + the Teysha artisan team!