We quickly learned there was a much bigger story about the plight of the Asian elephant and decided to make a difference at that moment.
Del Mar, CA (Vocus) April 30, 2009
National Geographic contacted ExoticWorldGifts.com after being in business 4 months. Why? They knew that Founders, Liz Allen and Mark Fangue, were ready for primetime after seeing their compelling and rare YouTube video “Original Elephant Painting” go viral (now with over 10 million views and has created an International stir).
“National Geographic filmed with us in Thailand to get the story behind the elephant painting video of the elephant art and meet experts who could offer startling insights up close, personal and 'Wild on Tape' about how it is possible for elephants to create realistic elephant paintings," said Fangue.
While on a business trip to meet with their artisans in Northern Thailand who create culturally unique jewelry, purses, scarves, shawls, home decor and gifts, they visited the Asian Elephants at the Maetaman Camp where human and animal lives changed forever. Allen added, “We quickly learned there was a much bigger story about the plight of the Asian elephant and decided to make a difference at that moment.”
With natural habitats and number of elephants shrinking quickly, ExoticWorldGifts.com developed a creative solution to elephant conservation – one where artistic elephants could help save their own species. ExoticWorldGifts.com purchases their art for Fair Trade wages (30 – 50% more than Free Trade prices) which directly helps cover food and medical care. The art is made available worldwide for purchase through ExoticWorldGifts.com and proceeds are donated to the Asian Elephant conservation effort to help prevent their extinction.
Exotic World Gifts’ original mission to empower artisans in developing countries with sustainable income for their fine handcrafts still maintains true. The only difference is that it now includes four legged artisans who have made their trunk show a viable solution to elephant conservation through Fair Trade practices.
With Compassion, Connection and Empowerment at the foundation of ExoticWorldGifts.com, this for profit e-commerce business is focused on the Triple Bottom Line - people, planet and profits. The web site is a vehicle to help reduce world poverty and empower all of us to make a world of difference while receiving beautiful artisan gifts with heart-warming stories. Why - because we are one world.