It all started as a Father, Daughter trip to walk across Spain!
They say be open to possibilities and they will come. In November 2012, Mal Woodhouse and his daughter Terri-Lynn Woodhouse set off to Europe to complete the Santiago de Compostela (an 800 km walk) across Spain. Long story short, an illness cut the walk short but the extra time allowed for a whirlwind of travel to some pretty cool and exotic places.
Perhaps it was the countless plane rides, the train or boat rides or maybe just the camel ride that produced the idea that we can help people and that we are all the same. Just because we are born in one country does not give us the right to hang our hat nightly and not think of helping others and ourselves, when we can.
The search for ethically made, high quality products began. We began our quest to create a more flourishing world.
The first country we began partnering with Artisans in was Morocco, next Peru & China. Now almost 7 years later we have partnerships with Artisans in Morocco, Peru, China, India, Uganda, Indonesia, Chile, Guatemala, Kenya & Nepal.
We have grown to almost 500 World Changing Consultants across Canada, who are passionate people who are sharing our story and building their own One Earth Businesses in their Communities as well as being a stockist to fine boutiques across North America & India.
Our People Helping People mantra runs strong throughout our company -> this also resonates at home, in Canada. In July 2016, we launched our Canadiana & Americana Marketplaces. Our curated collection is made up of beautiful products made by Artisans in communities right across North America.
In March 2017 we opened our Boutique In Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, a space in the old town to shop and learn all about our story and the people behind it.
In May 2017 we began to make all natural, organic, argan oil infused products to supply local Bed & Breakfasts and Vacation Rentals in the Niagara Region. These quickly grew to over 100.
In January 2018 we launched our workshop series and expanded our space for groups of people to visit us and create their own argan oil products, in a fun environment. Our workshops are the highest rated experience in Niagara-on-the-Lake (airbnb source).
In March 2019 we launched our Zero Waste centre in our workshop in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a place where our customers can bring their containers for a refill or better yet bring their own containers.
In November 2019 we were certified as a Living Wage Employer, at the Champion Level for paying our team a living wage AND our Artisan Partners around the world.
In January 2020 we began to renovate our space in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and grow our facility.
In March 2021 we moved our boutique into a 1300 sq foot storefront on Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake giving us more opportunity to meet more people and sell more ethically sustainable products.
In March 2023 we renovated and opened our second storefront in Thorold, Ontario! We will be in another historic town, in a historic building which is 2000 sq feet!
Stay tuned, lots more to come!
We are doing our best to make the world seem smaller and to make sure it's more flourishing for all.