Introducing myself and my journal: Mermaids & Camels

Katrina Ulrich
Posted November 10, 2009 from United States

About Me: I'm 50 years old and the owner of a retail/wholesale business selling hand made and fair trade gifts and accessories. My focus is to purchase from women's empowerment groups and artisans that I meet and purchase from face to face. I grew up in Madagascar. I have 2 sisters and three daughters.

My Passions: Painting, knitting, my business

My Challenges: Being Self Employed and Self Supporting

My Vision for the Future: Women in more positions of change

My Areas of Expertise: Textile Art, Teaching texitle arts, starting and running and growing a small business

Comments 5

  • Jade Frank
    Nov 10, 2009
    Nov 10, 2009

    Hi Katrina,

    Welcome to PulseWire. We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

    I would love to hear more about Red Persimmon Imports. Do you have a website? What types of women's empowerment groups do you work with and how did you get interested in fair trade?

    I encourage you to use your journal as a place to further introduce yourself, your company and perhaps the stories behind the women that you work with, to the PulseWire community. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of over 3000 women and supporters of women's initiatives. Check out what others are writing about in Voices Rising. I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story!

    You might also consider posting to Resource ExChange, a global bulletin board designed to offer access to needed resources as well as the ability to provide resources to those in need and explore and contribute to Sharing Solutions, a library of working models and blueprints.

    Looking forward to hearing more of your voice here on PulseWire!

    Warm regards, Jade

    Online Community Manager World Pulse

  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Nov 11, 2009
    Nov 11, 2009

    Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

    Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

  • Michelle Elmquist
    Nov 11, 2009
    Nov 11, 2009

    Hello and welcome to PulseWire! I share your passion for fair trade as part of the larger global justice movement. World Pulse put out a recent article about women's fair trade that you may be interested in if you haven't seen it yet.

    I'd also like to invite you to share a personal story about land as part of our new My Story program. Some of the responses will be published in the spring edition of World Pulse magazine. Check out the program details if you are interested, and tell us, what does Land mean to YOU?

    If you have any questions about the community, let me know and I will try and get you started. I look forward to seeing more from you on PulseWire!

    Be well, Michelle

  • Mwierenga
    Nov 11, 2009
    Nov 11, 2009

    And another welcome coming your way...

    This is an amazing community of women raising their voices! Through this online network, we can eliminate borders and really speak to and listen to each other. I encourage you to share some of your stories about growing up in Madagascar or how you started your business. I'm sure many would be interested in what you have to share.

    Welcome! Marlies

  • Katrina Ulrich
    Nov 13, 2009
    Nov 13, 2009

    Thanks to everyone for such an outpouring of warm welcomes! I'm now entering into my busiest time of year so my participation may be sparse. However, I'm looking forward to daily time on Pulsewire after the holidays!

    I titled my journal Mermaids & Camels because I'm writing a story of my childhood intermingled with some fantasy - stories, poetry, art and music in a novelette for my daughters which I have titled: Mermaids, Menopause & Reincarnation.Camels feature in this work as well as a very savvy bird. I will be posting pieces of this work here.

    Women have always been of primary importance in my life. I grew up in a boarding school in Madagascar rooming with least 6 girls at a time. I have 2 sisters and 3 daughters. I'm very close to my open minded mother.

    My work, my business is my passion. A whole new world opened up for me when I went to India in 1998 to teach textile arts in a women's group there. I found I loved to teach and the women I've worked with and have now, after 11 years developed a close relationship to are so talented, so giving, so warm and so beautiful. Being a part of their ascent out of poverty, abuse and low self esteem and confidence has been a joy and I love nothing better than to share their story through my business to my customers and friends here in the US.

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