Didi and Me
Notre Dame alumni Marie Bourgeois ’12 MFA and Keri O’Mara ’15 developed a new business, didi+me, based on an experience with a Notre Dame Summer Service Learning Project. It connects consumers to beautiful, ethically-made home goods created in collaboration with Nepali artisans. They call themselves didi+me because"Didi" is a respectful word for "sister" in Nepal.
They recognize that we are all brothers and sisters in this world, and they want to use business to help nurture the global family. That is why it's important to ensure the people making their products are paid fairly and treated ethically.
Over the years, they have traveled to Nepal to collaborate with artisans on product designs. While there, they built strong friendships with the craft producers they met. Back home, they noticed the connection between consumers and producers is missing in a lot ofproducts. Didi+me is about making connections—connecting consumers, producers, designers, and products across the globe.
They love vibrant craft traditions and the cultural stories they tell. They believe that good designs can impact more than a product's shape and color—it can make an existing situation better. They are passionate about the power of business to enrich lives around the world.
To support their cause or find out more about the organization, visit: http://didiandme.com/about/