This is my dream. My unspoken goal. Design something awesome + Change people’s lives. There I said it. Lofty, no? That’s why I’m in awe the folks behind Better Life Bags!
See a need, come up with a plan to fill that need, provide hope, build a community. All while making adorable, useful bags. That is what Better Life Bags is doing in Detroit.
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.
That’s not all, though. From the beginning, Better Life Bags has given 10% of every sale to a low income entrepreneur in a developing country through Kiva.org.
Yes, you can run to the mall to buy a bag. But that mall bag won’t be a customized with the fabric of your choice. That mall bag won’t help provide jobs and training for women in order to provide for their families. That mall bag won’t help build a community. And that mall bag you would buy isn’t giving 10% of every sale to a low income entrepreneur in a developing country. But Better Life Bags is doing all of this!
The Alicia clutch (shown above in a custom fabric) is ready to ship in 4 colors. You can customize it with their huge selection of available fabrics. How amazing is the one above? I’m in love with the fabric. It’s going on the Christmas list…
Need more proof?
The Brynnda Bag. Leather & Amy Butler Fabric? Perfection.
The Nesting Pouches. Perfect for, well, everything.
Custom Snack Bags? Imagine not having to buy (and throw away) ziploc bags anymore. These will pay for themselves, and help the environment!
Check out the rest of their collection and options: Shop for Bags
Want to learn more about the folks at Better Life Bags? Check out their Better Life Bags Blog and follow them on twitter @betterlifebags
Your purchases and gifts can help change the lives of others. Giving takes many forms, and sometimes it is through the purchase of a fantastic bag.