Why I'm in Mongolia
I was introduced to Mongolia for the first time when I joined the Peace Corps in 2010. After being a volunteer in Darkhan, Mongolia working in small business development for two years, I left Mongolia knowing that I wanted to stay involved but didn’t quite know how. As so many others do after a stay in Mongolia, I brought my mom home a cashmere scarf as a gift before my return trip home. She absolutely loved it, and that started the affair with Mongolian wools.
Throughout the years, we’ve maintained some sourcing partners and moved onto new ones as the industry evolves. As ULA+LIA grows, so do the fiber purchases we make and the effects it has on the environment and people. Sustainability is important to me and also difficult in Mongolia, but I’ll always make our purchases from cooperatives and organizations that do the best they can and involve me as much as possible in transparent operations. As we grow, so do the opportunities we can create to support this process at a higher level. I love spending time with the animals and people we purchase our fiber from and I will continue to work with organizations that allow me to show that process. Although it’s been difficult over the last couple of years to travel the countryside, stay with families, and tell our story, I’m hoping it will become easier to do so again this summer.
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