Ross Marino launched Mission Made Jewelry, Inc. in 2015 after receiving a box of hand-made jewelry from an artist in Ghana named Emma Bird. Initially, Ross had no interest in a jewelry business beyond an opportunity for his young daughters to learn about small business through maintaining an online store. He envisioned they could sell jewelry from Ghana and use some of the profits to fund an orphanage there.
In a time of reflection one morning, the goal of Ross’ venture transitioned:
“It became crystal clear to me that I didn’t need to start a business for the sake of making a profit. If I was going to create a new venture, the primary goal must be to impact the world by helping people who really needed it the most.”
Now, Mission Made Jewelry, led by Kaitlyn Hopfer, Executive Director, is managed by the Rekon Team. Our goal is to fight the causes and effects of global poverty by creating job opportunities in impoverished countries. We partner with non-profit organizations in areas of extreme poverty to locate artisans and handmade jewelry makers who employ locals to create beautiful products. Many of our artisans were rescued from either sex- or human-trafficking. Mission Made imports these products into the United States for both wholesale and retail distribution, and fund-raising projects.
All profits are reinvested back into the communities by funding orphanages, health clinics, etc.