About Jewel & Lotus – A Love Story
Ashira and Andy say that Jewel and Lotus is a LOVE STORY… born out of their love for each other and all beings.
Andy and Ashira met in June 2013. They quickly fell in love and knew they wanted to create a beautiful business together. Andy studied business at Penn State and after working in the corporate world in NYC and running his own soccer league, he felt strongly that he wanted to do something more meaningful with his life. He quit his job and moved to Cooperstown, New York to do WWOOFing at Origins, an organic farm and café.
At that time, Ashira was working at a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation center. She felt inspired to start Jewel and Lotus because of her extensive travels throughout Asia and specifically because of her work with STOP India, an organization that rescues girls from human trafficking. She saw that the root cause of most of the problems in the world were due to poverty and a lack of opportunity. She saw the shortcomings of charity, and felt strongly that business and creating economic opportunities for people was the best way to change the world.