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ABOUT THE TEAM


 

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BETHANY TRAN

 CEO/Designer

Bethany fell in love with the slum community of La Limonada in Guatemala in 2009 and it changed the course of her life forever. She began to realize how little most Americans understand about poverty and the social constructs that keep people where they are in countries like Guatemala. After the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh several years later, she saw the dichotomy of how jobs can create lives, but also destroy them. She wanted to be a part of providing a solution for jobs that create a culture of kindness.

She is passionate about justice, ethical fashion, and might be overly obsessed with her dogs. Coffee is her love language and a little known secret is that she makes her own kombucha. Her overactive sense of humor gets her in trouble sometimes, but she feels that life is already too tough to take it seriously all the time.

 

 

 

 

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 CHRISTEN DIGERLANDO

 Customer Happiness Manager

 Christen is a wife and stay at home of two little ones in the lovely state of  Pennsylvania. Her passions include ethical fashion, reading, tea and playing  games. She has been working as Customer Happiness Manager with The  Root Collective since 2014 and loves interacting with people who want to  make a difference with their purchases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 KIRSTEN SCHUELER

 Design Assistant

Kirsten studied accessory design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, but she’s driven by the knowledge that Guatemala’s slums are where her creativity makes the biggest impact. She loves witnessing artisans in La Limonada transform her sketches into beautiful footwear, and seeing their lives transformed in the process, too, thanks to fair-trade practices.

When she’s not helping design new products for The Root Collective, Kirsten homeschools her three daughters, uses her crafty talents to resurrect thrift-store treasures, and binge-watches period dramas on PBS with her husband and miniature dachshund.

 

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 PABLO MAJUS

 In-Country Manager

Volunteering with different organizations in orphanages and vulnerable areas changed his life and vision about the world and specially his country.
Pablo got involved with La Limonada
in 2007 working with short term mission groups since then, the beauty of the people and the place made him stay around to work and volunteer at the schools and the community
most of the time, which led him to get involved with The Root Collective. Learning from what they do and the work they provide for Otto and
the women's groups is according to his passion about serving the people in extreme poverty of his country with social justice, to change their future and make a better world for them.