1 // 31 Bits: Molly Moon necklace ($42) & Shadow Knot Spark bracelet ($32)
I got the opportunity to learn about and style the Molly Moon necklace last week and cannot say more positive things about 31 Bits. Through the resourcefulness and skills of Ugandan women creating and designing these gorgeous paper beads by hand, 31 Bits developed a 5 year program where each woman receives health education, finance training, counseling, and business training. The adventure started off with only 6 women in the program and today there are 119!
2 // Moorea Seal: amethyst triangle ring ($42)
Moorea Seal is one of the most inspiring, kind-hearted souls I have met while here in Seattle. She launched her own store this summer, notably named Moorea Seal and donates 7% of all sales to various non-profit organizations. Each of the artists that have been carefully selected to be part of this beautifully curated shop pick a non-profit category to channel a percentage of their sales to. Learn more about the Do Good, Do Great effort!
3 // Raven + Lily: Gete: black + white stripe scarf ($58)
Raven + Lily‘s mission is to employ marginalized women in Ethiopia, India, Cambodia and the United States at fair trade wages, providing them with opportunities of access to a safe job, sustainable income, healthcare, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty. This particular scarf is naturally dyed and hand-woven on a wooden oom by at-risk women living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. So much beauty in both the scarf itself and the stories of the women who make them!
4 // Mend: Mini messenger bag ($169)
Mend is a line by the Invisible Children whose proceeds go towards protection and rehabilitation of children that are abducted and forced to be part of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in central Africa. Since 1987, over 30,000 children have been abducted and Invisible Children helps to provide recovery programs for those war-affected youth.
5 // Buy her bag, not her body: Set of 3 peacock ornaments ($30)
This initiative was started by Nomi Network, whose bags made from eco-friendly, reusable materials, by women of Cambodia made an appearance on my blog last year. The organization was inspired by Nomi, an eight year old Cambodian girl, who was forced into the world of sex trafficking at an early age, due to the lack of educational opportunities, poverty, and normalized violence against women and children. By supporting this cause, we can help bring awareness and continue to provide education and rehabilitation to women who have escaped the world of sex trafficking.
6 // Sseko Designs: Saddle clutch in caramel ($66)
I first saw a pair of Sseko sandals in a local storefront in Seattle and loved reading about their initiative on the tag. Every item in this shop is made by a woman in Uganda who is offered the opportunity to continue to college education after completing a 9-month employment program with Sseko. It’s really inspiring to read the stories of these women behind the company– especially knowing that their dreams and goals may not have even been achieved without opportunities like these.
Aside from these items being fair trade, I absolutely love supporting companies with greater initiatives. If there are any other companies that you follow or purchase from, let me know! I’d love to learn more about them and support businesses who are passionate about supporting those around them.