Next up in our series of empowering businesswomen comes the awe-inspiring story of Jessica Honegger, who turned a passion for international adoption into a multi-million dollar business that is providing an economic backbone for over four thousand artisans all over the world.
You can check out this Forbes article, which details Honegger's start - from her need to raise money to adopt her son from Rwanda to helping a Ugandan couple sell their beautiful handmade goods through the creation of a fundraiser to help with her adoption.
Little did Jessica know the success of the first adoption would be, nor did she expect to end up creating Noonday Collection, which is now a $17 million company, as a result. Since launching in 2010, Noonday has been investing in women's economic empowerment, partnering with women-run Artisan Businesses and helping them build their leadership skills and develop thriving businesses.
The Forbes article also gives some background to Jessica's book, Imperfect Courage, in which she shares her unlikely story and discusses building this company from the ground up. Jessica also gave Forbes four of the lessons she shares in her book. Here's a small taste of what advice she has to offer:
1. Leave perfect behind and embrace risk.
2. Lift each other up and celebrate the success of others.
3. Connect to community, both at home and worldwide.
4. Make a meaningful impact on the world around you.