Mama Jane's Global Boutique
Shop. Empower. Inspire. Sustain.
Mama Jane’s Global Boutique owner Barbara Johnson, along with the support of her family, personally travels the world seeking handmade, one of a kind, artisan treasures. Lucky for us…she brings them home to Southport!
This labor of love shop was created after Johnson and her family traveled to Kenya on a family service trip with the ‘Free the Children’ organization. The family was forever moved, deeply touched and inspired. “The beauty of Africa is primal and breathtaking, but it was the joy and hope within the people that moved us into action.”
Mama Jane, their African host, was the most inspirational figure, as they spent time with her, accompanied her on her daily ‘water walk’, and helped her tend her fields, thus earning her rights to this namesake shop, a world away. Tribal Matriarch Mama Jane, “and all she represents, was the perfect choice, because at the heart of it all, we are all ‘mama’s’ who want a brighter future for our children.”
How does it work?
100% of the proceeds made in this nonprofit shop directly benefit varying selected worldwide nonprofits. The merchandise’ creators and artists, and their families and villages reap the benefits; the proceeds go towards supporting health, education, and the empowerment of women and children around the world. “We wanted to do something to support the Mama’s and their quests for a better a life.”
Johnson seeks unique tribal wares from impoverished countries around the world, brings them home to her shop and sells them, before donating the entire profit back to its original artist/creator. Originally benefitting approximately 10 groups, this conception has continued to grow; today, 50-60 diverse communities/tribes are the successful beneficiaries of this extraordinary concept.
“We buy directly from the tribe and sell it here — when you purchase our items, you are really changing someone’s lives. These women are now buying jersey cows and they are farming, its life changing. They are so entrepreneurial and they’re so excited that they have cash, and when they have cash, their schools get filled. It’s like actually being a part of a big shift in Kenya.”
The shops goal?
“Is to highlight beautiful artisan handmade items. It is different and unique when someone makes something by hand, it’s worth valuing and the profit allows me to give these (monetary) gifts. Every time you buy something here, you get a package with a story about their vendor/creator. We’re really trying to educate people — when you buy these items you are helping these people. The profits go directly to them.”
Owner Barbara Johnson
The one of a kind merchandise carried ranges in price points from about $12 to a few hundred and is handmade in Africa, Canada, Columbia, Ecuador, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, the Philippines, United Kingdom and even in the good ‘ol US of A!
Gifts, stunning jewelry including beaded and cocoa bead designs, home décor’ (including the must have elephant pillows from Thailand), women’s apparel — including tunics and cozy sweaters, handbags, beach bags (I love the ‘love’ bags), pottery and even something for your pooch, prevail in this amazing shop.
The Shops Theme?
“Global Goods. I think that if you shop here, you look like somebody who has traveled around the world, just finding treasures.”
Mama Jane’s celebrated its one year anniversary May 1st, 2014. Stop in and enjoy the international experience! It will not disappoint.
363 Pequot Avenue, Southport