Vote with your wallet

This holiday season let’s choose our gifts carefully. Every time we make a purchase we’re voting – for the social, environmental, and economic practices of that company and their supply chains.

If you want gifts that do a huge amount of good in the world, here are some of my favorites:

Bureh – handmade belts from Sierra Leone with beautiful African fabric

Nuru Project – sells stunning photos to support non-profits

Somaly Mam Foundation – purchase scarves and jewelry to help this foundation continue its work – helping girls leave the sex trade in Cambodia

Umoja – jewelry made by women in a women’s-only village in Kenya

Orphfund Sewing School – hand-made aprons, purses, oven mitts in beautiful African fabric

“Providing 12 months of free vocational training to four disadvantaged women. The aim is to remove them from the poverty cycle permanently.”

 

Kiva.org - Give a gift card for a microcredit loan.

“We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.” I loan through this site and it is an amazing reminder at what $25 can do, and how we’re all connected.

 

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