Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What to Give Wednesday (part 2)

Our hearts long for our little one(s) in Ethiopia and so are the headquarters of fashionABLE.  The scarves sold by fashionABLE are made by women in the "Women at Risk" program.  Due to the extreme poverty and lack of resources, many women in Ethiopia turn to prostitution as a way to provide for themselves and their families.  Women at Risk works to get these women off the streets, provide them the help they need to get on their feet and find them alternative means of income.  The goal of fashionABLE is to enable these women to be healthy, productive members of their community. 

FashionABLE's business model is labeled a transformative cycle.  By purchasing your scarf, not only do you get a beautiful, handmade scarf but you help sustain jobs for women (and men) in Ethiopia.  The profits from these scarves provide life for women but also the means to rehabilitate women in desperate circumstances and job training for other workers. 

There are so many beautiful scarves to choose from, it will be so hard for you to choose just one!
Another non-profit that I love is Noonday Collection.  Noonday Collection was started by adoptive parents who saw the wonderful handmade goods in Uganda and worked with a friend there to sell them as fair trade products to help the Ugandan women and raise funds for their adoption.
Noonday Collection's vision (from their website):
  • Providing jobs that create a pathway out of poverty for families. A stable income means a family is less likely to abandon their child.
  •  Help families raise money for their own adoptions. We give 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host a trunk show.
  • Aside from donating 10% towards qualified adoptive families, Noonday Collection also gives towards orphan care and prevention.
Mango Wood Salad Servers

Beaded Statement Bracelet

Nahaula Tray

They also have these awesome arm warmers that I really want.... if only they were back in stock for winter!

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