Our Founder

Linda Egle, Founder and Executive Director

The vision for the Eternal Threads’ mission began in 1988 when Linda Egle  traveled to south India and saw first hand what life was like for women living in extreme poverty and also witnessed their initiative and desire to improve the lives of their families. She founded Eternal Threads in the year 2000 after early retirement from a 27-year career as a United Airlines Flight Attendant to give these women sustainable income and skills development training. The first project for Eternal Threads was established in south India with the SOFI tote.

  • Linda has her B.A. in Home Economics and a B.S. in Biblical Studies as well as having studied Theology at Oriel College, Oxford
  • Among her many awards, Linda received the MedAssets 2012 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award

MedAssets Humanitarian Award


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Linda,represents the spirit of the Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award, and we celebrate the impact that her life’s work is making for women, children and families in need,” said John Bardis, CEO of MedAssets. “Linda is empowering women around the world with an income source to avoid exploitation. This amazing woman is making the world a better place, one person at a time.