My name is Jacqueline (Jackie) Ferrer Xavier and I am the Founder + CEO of M2M Gifts LLC.
I am a mother to a Caribbean-born daughter who guides and motivates everything that I do. I want to leave a better world for her than the one I was born into.
My pronouns are she/her/they.
I am of Philippine origin.
I am a climate change refugee.
I have seen the good, bad, and ugly present in the human condition following a major natural disaster.
I believe we all have the capacity to do well but we must quell our egos and selfish motivations in order to achieve collective, sustainable change in the world. Until we can do that, cycles of societal progress followed by unrest will persist. The pendulum will continue to swing.
M2M Gifts is my passion project turned social enterprise. It began as a small, care package business on Etsy and has evolved into is an impact company that curates conscious partnerships rooted in community. We use a "heart-led, business-fed" grassroots approach that engages longstanding, local community actors and non-profit organizations doing work in areas including but not limited to: domestic and intimate partner violence, abortion advocacy and care, and maternal mental health.
Through strategic and intentional partnerships with these organizations, we leverage all the best parts of our private sector model (e.g. creative latitude, no red tape), to not only scale these community actors' missions and work; but add value to what they are doing, by creating radically imagined opportunities for economic empowerment and social entrepreneurship amongst their beneficiaries.
This model of public service-private sector engagement was piloted through our recent #May28 Initiative, Rewriting HERstory: Community Care Packages for Sexual Assault Survivors.
That project, although implemented at a local level in Chicago, sent a global message of solidarity to millions of other women who were/are at the ugly receiving end of gender-based violence. Together, our small May 28 team was successful in engaging small, local businesses, independent healers and service providers, and community-based organizations to create care packages for sexual assault survivors in Chicago.
At the end of the initiative, women in need received one-of-a-kind care packages, small businesses captured new audiences, and many of the sexual assault survivors are now continuing to use the service providers who sponsored the initiative, which included licensed therapists and reiki practitioners. It was a local project with global impact, and that is what M2M Gifts specializes in: creating ripple effects. We like to work with people who are known to be "quiet riots" or "silent storms." They tend to get stuff done with grit, grace, and gratitude.
Welcome to the movement. Thank you. Salamat. Gracias. Asante.