A little over a year ago, then 8-year-old Vivienne Harr saw a picture on the Internet of two Nepalese boys who had been forced to work at a young age. She was appalled. The boys were about her age. They should be playing. They should be learning. They should not be carrying large rocks down a mountain.
Harr decided to do something about it. She decided to make a stand.
Harr opened a lemonade stand with the intention of donating all of her earnings to help end child slavery. But this wasn't just any lemonade stand. Harr ran that stand for 365 days straight. On day #173, Harr reached her goal of raising $100,000 to end child slavery. She wrote a check for $101,320 to Not For Sale
, a nonprofit dedicated to abolishing child slavery.
"then, my parents said: "honey, you did it. you're done!" i said: "is child slavery done?" they said "well, no." i said: "then i am not done."
Six months later, Harr raised enough to launch her new company which distributes its bottled beverages
at 70 different West Coast-based retail locations. Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the 'Make A Stand' Lemon-aid stand. Her company, Make A Stand Lemon-Aid,
uses the same "giveness" model that Harr used to operate her curbside stand. In a promotional video,
Harr explains that much like at her original stand, customers at the grocery store can "pay what's in their hearts" for the lemonade.
Harr recently announced that her business had now become an official social purpose corporation, and a partner with Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit that seeks to promote fair wages and conditions for farmers and workers.
"We're ending child slavery here! We can't very well use ingredients that aren't Fair Trade," she wrote. "Fair Trade means treating the people who get our ingredients fairly. That seems fair to me. And that's the golden rule, you know? Treat others the way you want to be treated! Fairly!"