Okay everyone, calm down to a panic! How about instead of freaking out over a red cup of coffee, or arguing about when the Christmas decorations get put up, we use this season to spread some love!
Over the last few years I have become more exposed to and aware of the fact that every item I purchase has a story behind it. If you know me at all, you know that I love stories in all shapes and sizes (compliment me on an accessory or article of clothing and I will definitely go into the detail behind how that piece came into my life). I had never realized how many happy stories would be told with the thoughtful purchases I could make. And on the contrary, how much brokenness was behind other items.
“Every dollar you spend casts a vote for the kind of world you want to live in.”
It seems that no matter where you stand on the controversy of Christmas, that the holidays are almost unanimously a time of gift giving. Which means this is a great opportunity for us to cast votes for a world filled with love, by making purchases of products that are ethically sourced, crafted with empowerment, and from companies that use their influence to advance dignity, education, and liberation.
It doesn’t matter if you are looking for the perfect gift for your distant brother-in-law or your best friend, Krochet Kids has something for everyone on your list. Each item is handmade and is singed by the woman who created it!
The company strives to build skills, education and change in regions of Peru and Uganda, so your gift is not only going to make the recipient smile, you can bet the families effected will be grateful also.
“We believe in the capabilities of people. Our goal is to holistically equip people living in poverty with the skills, education, and resources to change their circumstances forever. Work provides worth. Education breeds innovation. Mentorship nourishes relationships. Through this multi-faceted and measured approach we work with each beneficiary to create a path toward independence.”
Check out their accessories, apparel, scarves, bags, and knit hats (how it all began) >> here <<
Okay, let’s be honest, there are some people on your list this year that you just have no idea what to get them. We have all been there, and somehow the universal gift to give when you find yourself in this predicament is: body wash. Instead of grabbing something generic, why not give a gift that gives back? Alaffia not only makes the most moisturizing, fair trade soaps (I use their African Black Soap as a shampoo, body wash and shaving gel!), but they use their impact to support schools, give maternal healthcare, and donate eyeglasses, to the people of Togo.
“Alafﬁa’s success is not simply measured by proﬁt. Our success is measured by empowerment. Empowerment Projects are Alaffia’s mission in action, funded by the sales of Alafﬁa products. Alaffia invests in our communities because it is our moral responsibility and to ensure African resources empower African communities. The goal is to alleviate poverty and encourage gender equality. Our Empowerment Projects include several Education-Based Projects, Maternal Health, FGM Eradication, Eyeglasses and Reforestation. All of Alafﬁa’s projects empower Togolese communities to provide their skills and knowledge to the rest of the world and rise out of poverty.”
Not only do they have a wide array of soaps, body washes, and hair care products, they also now have many more accessories. Their products can be found at your local Whole Foods or >> here <<
This company is making waves a little closer to home, with their inspirational jewelry. Partnering with organizations advocating for the homeless in LA, their collection creates jobs, while combining hope and style. Each key is stamped with a word, meant to encourage and inspire the recipient. This jewelry is perfect for the fashionista with a big heart, on your shopping list.
You may have seen their products in boutiques or malls, but you can also find them >> here <<
Shoes, everyone needs them, and this company offers an auspicious alternative to fill your closet and your heart.
“In addition to providing employment to women working their way towards university, Sseko provides employment for women who have aged out of the education system and have no other form of income generation. We partner with a local non-profit in Uganda that works with young women who have recently come out of the commercial sex industry. Providing stable, dignifying and fair wage employment is a key component to keeping women from entering back into prostitution. We believe that every woman has the capacity to end the cycle of poverty and that it can be done in a way that is fair, dignifying, honoring and life-giving.”
Lovingly handcrafted by women in Uganda, their products will evoke pride in the wearer, not only from their beauty but also from the ripple of dignity they create. Give a pair to your sister, niece or even yourself! >> here <<
You might remember when I mentioned this amazing company, which inspired our cozy, colorful apartment in Berlin. Their quilts are handmade from recycled materials, making each one truly unique. The women who create these beauties are rescued from sex slavery in Bangladesh, so you know your purchase is casting a vote for a more secure, loving world.
Get one >> here << for the person on your list who loves to snuggle.
These are only a few of my favorite, ethical, loving options out there. What are some of your favorites this Christmas?