This month our Team Member Profile series continues with a glimpse into the life and motivations of one of our copy writers, Kate Rodriguez.
I’m a copywriter, but I’ve had a long and varied career. Early on, I worked for the U.S. government in Washington, DC in foreign affairs and international trade. That’s where I met my husband, a German physicist. Then we decided to move to Chile where I worked as a writer and event coordinator for a volunteer organization while also taking care of our two young sons. We landed in Munich in 2007, and I first learned German before working in customer service and marketing for a start-up company here. I launched my freelance copywriting business last March.
Back in October 2014, Tara was invited to speak to a women’s professional group that I am a member of. She really impressed me with her vision and ideas for creating change at the village level in India. I liked United for Hope’s practical approach. Tara mentioned she was looking for volunteers, so I emailed her a few days later asking if she needed a writer. And she did! I started in November 2014 and do writing projects. I’ve helped with updating the text on the United for Hope website, drafting landing pages for the Christmas campaigns, and writing or editing brochures, reports and presentations.
I’m particularly enthusiastic about the Seeds of Hope project, which I really hope goes forward. It’s a program through which village women will undergo vocational training in sustainable gardening, health & nutrition, and literacy & basic business skills. By growing produce and selling it, they earn an income and improve their family’s and their own health. Plus, they gain some confidence and independence. I think these small, grassroots efforts can be game-changers over time.