Linda Egle, Founder and Executive Director, Eternal Threads
In conjunction with current exhibition, More Life in a Time Without Boundaries, we invite you to hear from Linda Egle, Founder of Eternal Threads, whose mission is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children most at risk of extreme poverty, trafficking and other forms of exploitation by providing sustainable livelihoods through income generating projects.
The vision for the Eternal Threads’ mission began in 1988 when Linda Egle traveled to south India and saw first hand what life was like for women living in extreme poverty and also witnessed their initiative and desire to improve the lives of their families. She founded Eternal Threads in the year 2000 after early retirement from a 27-year career as a United Airlines Flight Attendant to give these women sustainable income and skills development training. The first project for Eternal Threads was established in south India with the SOFI tote.
Linda has her B.A. in Home Economics and a B.S. in Biblical Studies as well as having studied Theology at Oriel College, Oxford
Among her many awards, Linda received the MedAssets 2012 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award
We are dedicated to improving the lives of women and children most at risk of extreme poverty, trafficking and other forms of exploitation by providing sustainable livelihoods through income generating projects.
Eternal Threads' Story
The Eternal Threads vision began with the Sofi tote project in a rural village of south India to provide income to women who were industrious and hardworking, but limited to help their families with any additional income except to work in the rice fields once or twice a year during harvest time.
From the beginning this project was envisioned as a model to help women in many parts of the world. In 2008 this vision became a reality as Eternal Threads added four new projects in Nepal, Thailand, Madagascar and Afghanistan. In 2014, products handmade by women in fifteen countries can now be purchased on the Eternal Threads website.
Eternal Threads began as a mission to help one group of women in India and has become a global community of women. Even though these women live in diverse areas of the world they share the same needs and hope for the future. Because they live in extreme poverty they need a means of creating income to care for their families, preventing their children from suffering from lack of nutrition, health care, education, shelter and the possibility of being exploited or trafficked.
Our Name and Logo represent the values we invest in our organization and in the people we work with. Most of the artisans we endeavor to help have handicraft skills involving threads of one kind or another…wool, silk, cotton, raffia, plastic twine, cording for jewelry and others. By giving them sustainable income, we weave threads of hope and justice into their lives and generations beyond.
Part of this vision was the desire to connect women in the developed world to women struggling to survive in underdeveloped nations. By selling their handiwork, Eternal Threads is able to tell the story of these women, and by purchasing their work you can be a part of providing them with hope and a future.