What do you do?
Sarah Ray

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I am the co-founder of Yobel Market LLC and the executive director of Yobel International, a local non-profit with a global justice focus. The market is a fair trade boutique with the goal of promoting economic freedom through dignified work opportunities and equitable trade within the developing world and the United States.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       As owner/ operator, I have my hand in a lot of pots, including merchandising, communications, accounting, event and trip planning, marketing, website development, employee management, spiritual development and more.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       Five years, three on the Westside. We will be moving to the downtown area this spring.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       The fulfillment that comes from doing what you know you are made to do, which for me, hopefully means partnering with God to see people who are enslaved, indentured, or exploited set free and offered a chance to work with dignity and provide for their families in a sustainable and life-giving way.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       I would love to hire an administrative assistant and bookkeeper because I do not enjoy that part one tiny bit.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       The only thing my training did prepare me for was communications and a mutual respect and curiosity about why people believe what they believe and how that impacts their decisions and actions. Everything else I have learned “in the field” through trial and error.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       Colorful neighborhood, no cookie-cutter shops or homes. Kind people, very walkable. Local charm and community emphasis. One of the only places in Colorado Springs where you can live, eat, shop, work and play all in one!

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