Our Featured Hustler of the week is Sarrè Guille from Her Hands. Her Hands is a global village & online marketplace for handcrafted toys, clothing & homewares made by female artisans from developing countries. Her Hands provides sustainable employment to women in developing communities. Her goal is to empower them through financial freedom, providing them with a pathway out of poverty, which in turn helps transform whole communities.
A conversation with Sarré Guille from Her Hands
Where are you right now?
In my warehouse space, in the middle of a bit of a Spring clean – I have a shipment of new products arriving from Kenya next week which is super exciting, but I need to make some space in my very ‘cosy’ warehouse!
Tea or coffee?
Tell us a bit about what you do at The Conscious Space & Conscious Work?
I work with female artisan groups in developing countries (Peru, Nepal, India and Africa) to bring their beautiful products to our market, through my online store Her Hands.
Why do you do what you do?
I have a dream to create a ‘global village’ – one where people can buy beautiful products for little ones that support another mum from a vulnerable population to provide for her children.
There is a lot of research around the impact of having women at the centre of the fight against poverty.
Some studies show that women in these communities reinvest up to 90% of the money they earn back into their families (food & nutrition, healthcare and education), compared to a 30-40% reinvestment rate among men.
So, providing sustainable employment to these talented women really does have a transformative effect.
My 20+ year corporate career was spent growing businesses – I wanted to use those skills to grow a business that levels the playing field, even if just a little.
What rituals do you have in place to help you get the most out of your day?
I used to have a really strong morning routine…. But at the moment my nearly 4yo girl is up early, and wants to do puzzles and walk to childcare together. So I’m just enjoying this for what it is at the moment!
I do at least try and get in a short visualisation and meditation to set me up before I get stuck into things.
How do you get into flow?
To get into my creative flow – I usually take myself somewhere different… A cosy cafe, or lying on a rug in the sun.
If I’m wanting to get into flow to power through something, I do a few quick tasks to build momentum, light my candle and then give myself 90 minutes without distractions.
What is your favourite thing about running your business?
Everything at the moment!
I love that I’m building something that’s meaningful to me. I’m loving getting to know who is buying our products. I love my interactions with my artisan groups. I love the people I am meeting – in particular the very special group I met through HEH. It’s honestly my dream ‘job’!
What book, podcast & song are you jamming to at the moment?
Book – Untamed, Glennon Doyle. I just keep picking it up and reading and re-reading passages which always seem to be exactly what I need to hear at the time!
Podcast – always love Tim Ferris and his guests (and I’m really missing One Wild Ride!)
Song – Scare Away the Dark turned itself on on my phone again the other week. Again, it always seems to happen when I need to hear it (!) so it’s getting a lot of play at the moment
If you could have dinner with 3 people (dead or alive), who would they be & why?
Dr Joe Dispenza, Richard Branson and Glennon Doyle
What has been your biggest takeaway from High-End Hustlers so far?
HEH gave me the confidence to say my dreams out loud.
I used to have two buckets in my head – a ‘wouldn’t that be amazing’ bucket and a ‘real life’ bucket. HEH encouraged me to merge the two – to put plans around my dreams and make them happen.
And then – my favourite – ask myself ‘how can this be even better’!?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Gosh, so much in the pipeline… I want to expand the number of artisan groups we are working with, and I want to be travelling to spend time with them as we develop custom ranges. And I have some really fabulous collaborations on my vision board!
Best piece of business advice you have been given?
You can’t steer a parked car.
I tend to overthink – so I like this reminder of the importance to just get moving.
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