One Spark Creator-Fuse Fair Trade

Bre Tivvis has traveled the world since graduating from UNF. She is a trained RYT yoga teacher, and has had experience in various programs offered in Mexico, Maryland, and Florida. In 2011, her humanitarian work began when she raised $5K to go to, where she helped to build a community center in , the second largest slum in Africa. The following year, she raised $20K with her “Off the Matt, End of the World” event, which raised the funds she needed to go to India. No grass grows under her feet.
Bre researched nonprofits around the world to see how they operated, hoping one day to have her own. She hopes One Spark will spark her vision into reality with the opening of her first Fuse Fair Trade boutique at the Beaches. It will be through her business success that one day she will have her own nonprofit where she can continue to give back to those in need, especially girls and women who have survived human trafficking.
Fuse Fair Trade started out as an idea to provide trafficked girls from ages 10-21 an opportunity to sell their hand-made goods for a wholesale price that allows them to work for a living wage in a safe and secure environment.
“In India so many young girls and women are stolen, then drugged and put right into the trade,” says Bre, who recently partnered with Amy Powers in order to expand Fuse Fair Trade.
Bre has seen first-hand the trafficking debacle in India and Nepal. Her grand vision is “global meets local.” She sells handmade items along with those from carefully vetted hyper-local artists in Jacksonville–American artists who can show her they have a passion for their work and her business.
Fuse Fair Trade was a merging of two words: Fu/for “fun” and se/for “serious” – a blend of words.
Some items come from women who survived the tsunami in Thailand in 2004. They include beautiful hand-sewn purses, jewelry, scarves, blankets, passport covers, luggage tags, clutches, bracelets, computer bags, and accessories. Many have wood, sterling silver or copper appointments. From India, she buys beautiful Kantha cloth, which is recycled into cotton saris sewn together in geometric patterns. Price points are from $10 to $100.
“I have come to an understanding that we are truly all one,” says Bre. “Even though there are language barriers, a smile or soft touch or a laugh is so much more powerful than any words can ever be.”
She feels there is so much more to see and discover. Bre plans to host communal events once a month and start cultural discussions at her new store. “There are so many people who need support, I hope I can just help one person at a time,” she goes on to say. “These young women light up when they know you’re helping. That’s the power of connection.”
Visit Fuse Fair Trade at One Spark at the Daniel James Salon (W. Bay Street) and take her card. Her business has a noble cause. For more info, go to [email protected]

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