We recently launched a special project called our Plum + Sparrow Collective in which we highlight other small businesses and their handmade items. It was created to continue the trend of community over competition. We felt like too often businesses were going against each other instead of working together. So we formed this collective in hopes of setting a new standard for small business, showing that it is possible to put aside our differences, form a partnership and still both succeed!
But also and more importantly, in doing this we want to set an example for our children to follow. We are showing them the importance of teamwork and community. Our little ones are always watching and mimicking what we do, so what better way to use this as a tool to teach them!
We have come to love and treasure this collective group, our own village of small businesses very similar to those of our weavers in Africa. They too have formed their own collective, in working together to weave these beautiful moses and market baskets in order to achieve a goal.
We hope to start a ripple effect in the community of small businesses of collaboration over competition.