The story of Remedy Road begins with a couple feeling like God was calling them to something bigger than themselves.  We are Lisa and Brad Vinson, an Arkansan couple who desire to love God passionately and love our neighbor tangibly.  We treasure our family, especially our three kiddos.  We love the Razorbacks (Woo Pig Sooie!), and we love Northwest Arkansas, particularly our thriving Bentonville community. 
In 2012 our family, kids in tow, flew half-way around the world to visit our friends in a small village in Northeast India.  Four airplanes, two taxis, and more than 24 hours later we had arrived.

Our friends had moved to Northeast India in 2010 to start a textile company that made women’s accessories.  Everything created is hand woven, hand stitched, hand block printed, and hand sewn because, according to the vision of their business, the more artisans that touch an item in production, the more jobs created, and the more lives impacted.  The phrase they have coined is "purposefully inefficient."  That said, our friends weren’t just there to hire people; they were there to befriend them and love them tangibly.
We had a heart for the impoverished for years, but the desperation and need we saw in India was unlike anything we could have prepared ourselves for.  Barely clothed, parentless children wandered the streets hand in hand with younger brothers and sisters.  Limited clean water meant sickness was prevalent.  The need for change was, and still is, great.
Fast-forward, our friends, their business, and the artisans they employ are thriving.  Through their work they have access to healthcare, healthy meals, childcare, and they can afford transportation.  Many basic needs have been met.  Artisans have been fitted for eyeglasses and can see clearly for the first time in their lives.  They share meals daily and live in the type of tight-knit, communal style of life many of us can only long for.  Their children are educated and taught to speak and read English with the hope that through a formal education and the job opportunities that can outflow from that, the cycle of generational poverty can be broken for good. Through interest-free loan programs, scooters and motor bikes have been purchased which have literally expanded the artisans' world by enabling them to travel further than many had ever traveled in their lives.  
But more importantly, they’ve experienced redemption from their prior lives of barely scraping by, begging for income, depression, and addiction.  Their story points out the redemptive nature and sense of purpose instilled by earning a fair wage and creating beautiful things together.  All these people needed was a chance.  For someone to believe that their circumstances did not define their humanity, but instead they could rise above to achieve a higher purpose.  Rather than begging, they now create.  Rather than barely scraping by, they now thrive by earning a living wage.  Hopelessness has become hope. Depression became joy. Addiction became freedom.
You can’t unsee what you have seen, and because we have seen, we are changed.  Seeing desperation didn’t change our hearts though.  Seeing redemption did. Understanding that despite the massive problem of extreme poverty, there is hope and a solution.  Despite both of us working full-time jobs and managing a normal American, albeit chaotic, schedule of work, school, church, baseball, gymnastics, basketball, soccer, and diaper changing, we were moved to an obedient spirit to God’s calling.  That obedience was the spark that is now Remedy Road. 
We are a part of a growing number of entrepreneurs starting companies simply to create jobs in locations where they are desperately needed, and in the process, creating magnificent change.  We are partnering with brands all over the United States and throughout the world to help them create jobs, empower their artisans, and create positive change in a world that is crying out for it.  We hope you’ll join us to help pave a ROAD to REDEMPTION for those who need it most.