Kelly Weinberger founded WorldFinds in 2000. She and her husband David Burns left
their jobs in Chicago to spend 14 months traveling around the world. While in
Asia, Kelly was struck by the talented artisans and concerned for their lack of
income when tourism faded, and vowed to do something about it when she returned
to the States. The remainder of the trip was spent learning about the plight of
artisans and fair trade, and culminated in an all-important visit to Traid Aid,
a fair trade company, in New Zealand.
Back in the States Kelly began to test products she had purchased and learned
the ins and outs of importing while David got his MBA. WorldFinds soon became
a member of the Fair Trade Federation and started ramping up the number of stores
that sold their products.
Today there are nearly 500 stores selling WorldFinds items in North America,
and it has grown from a team of one, and then two, to a hard-working and very
dedicated team of six. Kelly is currently on the Board of Directors of the Fair
Trade Federation, and both stay busy with their two young children and travels.