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
“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.