Shop with your heart Holiday Gift Guide: Women’s Accessories

This holiday season, you can purchase gifts from the mall. Or you can support organizations that are working with artisans worldwide and are changing the world with every purchase.

1 – Krochet Kids, The Marie Infinity Scarf (also available in Deep Green, Butterscotch and Black) Handmade in Peru
Why? Started by three guys who took their love of crocheting (that statement alone is reason to support them) to Uganda and Peru to help create sustainable employment and empowerment. Today, over 150 people in Uganda and Peru are working, receiving education, and being mentored toward a brighter future.

2 – Toms, Windward Sunglasses in Tortoise with Light Blue
Why? With every purchase, Toms will help give sight to a person in need, in the form of a pair of prescription glasses, sight-saving surgery or medical treatment (in partnership with Seva Foundation). And in addition, they are donating $10 for every eyewear and $5 for shoe purchases to Save the Children to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

3 – Rural Revolution, Jaya Lemon Clutch from Indonesia or purchase from Roozt.
Why? As a company, Rural Revolution believes in the power of employment and self-expression as a means for women to help sustain themselves and their communities culturally, economically, and physically. We believe in partnering with established co-ops when possible and forming new ones when needed. Currently they are working with artisans in Ethopia, India, Indonesia, New Orleans, and more.

4 – Noonday Collection, Zip Up Wrap
Why? The passion at Noonday Collection is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future while styling you along the way. Their artisans span the world, including Uganda, India, Ecuador, the US, among other. They also help families raise money for their own adoptions by giving 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host a trunk show.

5 – Roma Boots, Glossy Navy boots or purchase from Roozt.
Why? Roma Provisions combines fashion with charity to fight the cycle of poverty afflicting street children and orphans by bringing them hope, love and lasting change in the most sustainable and practical way. For every pair of Roma Boots sold, a brand new pair is donated to a child in need.

6 – Out of Print, The Great Gatsby eBook cover
Why? For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa.

7 – IndoSole, Women’s Pantai Beach Shoe in Marigold (also available in natural, cobalt blue and black) or purchase from Roozt.
Why? Each pair of sandals/shoes is hand-made with love, using old motorbike tires, and possess a charm which is synonymous with the Balinese craftspeople who create them.

8 – Better Life Bags, The Alicia Clutch (you can customize with their huge fabric selection)
Why? Located in Detroit, they hire women, who otherwise cannot get jobs, to work for BLB. From the beginning, Better Life Bags has given 10% of every sale to a low income entrepreneur in a developing country through Kiva.org.

*I highly recommend joining Roozt (it’s as simple as putting in your email and making up a password). Joining will not only feed a child, but they sell some of the products above at a discounted member price.

 

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Better Life Bags. The name says it all.

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.

Better Life Bags

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.