What do we do?
We sell clothing and accessories to further our goal to help the impoverished lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty. Our products are on trend, stylish and purposeful. We design products and contract out the sewing to our Partnerships. By contracting our Partnerships to do the sewing it gives them a boost in business while helping them to develop a sustainable venture. All sales go back into our Partnerships to further their goals and to expand our presence. Our books are completely open because we believe in total transparency. As of right now, Two Machines is run totally on a volunteer basis. When you buy our goods, you are making a difference in the lives of those with whom we are partnering.
How do we do it?
There many ways to help the poor and empower the less fortunate. There are limitless needs and no magic bullet to solve such a massive problem. Our plan is to provide them the opportunity to start and run their own businesses. By learning to generate income they pave the way to economic freedom.
The most important part of our strategy is to partner with trusted local ministries that have a holistic approach to helping those whom they are serving. They must not only be meeting the physical needs, but also the very real and serious spiritual needs, by sharing Christ and his forgiving love as well as teaching others to share that same message.
With a heavy emphasis on partnerships, we believe in transparency and open communication. We do not want to create a situation in which those we are partnering with become dependant. We believe that everyone given the right resources and training can be successful.
Thus a partnership should be a mutually beneficial relationship with respect and dignity. Our goal is to provide the missing pieces, help them grow and eventually turn every aspect of the project over to them.
How did this start?
In the summer of 2009, Rory and Nicole Taylor spent a week in Tijuana, Mexico with Bittersweet Ministries building houses and ministering to a very impoverished canyon community. Upon hearing that one of the problems the women in the canyon had was sending their children to school because of the cost of mandatory uniforms and supplies, the plan to teach the women how to sew, in hopes that they could provide their own uniforms and backpacks became clear. Soon Two Machines was born.
Two Machines teamed up with Bittersweet Ministries to provide two industrial sewing machines in that very canyon. After the machines were bought and set up, we held classes for six days teaching the mothers in the community sewing skills.
Over the past four years the women in the canyon have taken the co-op very seriously and want to move forward with starting their own business. John and Andrea McKewen and Josh Dudley have joined the Two Machines team to further the development. The story is not over yet. Partner(link to partner page) with us to move forward.
Why do we do it?
We at Two Machines are each personally grateful for God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ. Out of that gratitude it only makes sense for us to demonstrate his love to others. “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)