After moving (purposefully) with her family to a low income area in Detroit, Rebecca began her business from the desire to create a diaper bag for her new son. What resulted was a local company hiring 1st generation immigrant women to sew bags designed by Rebecca but personalized by the women buying them.
From their website:
"We hire women, who otherwise cannot get jobs, to work for BLB. We rent them a sewing machine and tools while teaching them a skill set that allows them to become a primary or secondary provider in their families. Most of these women are first generation immigrants from countries such as Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Yemen, so we are also able to provide them with much needed fellowship and friendship as we visit their homes to deliver fabric and pick up orders."
However, Better Life Bags is not just helping women in their local community, they are helping women all over the world through Kiva.org. 10% of every sale is donated to Kiva.org and given to a low income entrepreneur in a developing country.
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I thought this one was really fun. As a family we are trying to buy more items local, fair trade or that help others so when I googled fair trade toys I was surprised to see Lego's come up! Lego's is part of the United Nations Global Compact and there are many different regulations they must adhere too.
From their website:
"As the first in the toy industry to join Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan's Global Compact initiative in 2003, the LEGO Group was taking a natural next step in the process of social commitment that is so deeply rooted in the company. Adoption of the Global Compact also reflected an urge to behave decently and to assume a share of the responsibility for helping to solve the major issues facing the world in such areas as human rights, labour standards, the environment and the fight against corruption."
So, go out.... buy Lego's...support a Fair Trade company and indulge a child's creativity.
Lots of Harry Potter options in Lego's too!