This holiday season, forget giving yet another expected Christmas present and make this year’s gift giving matter!
2016 has been full of
ups and downs (#PresidentTrump) and it feels more important than ever to give back. So, you could go ahead with gifting the kiddos another dancing Snowman that sings “Ice Ice Baby”…or turn one gift into two by considering one of these ideas below where your purchase ultimately goes toward the work of women’s economic empowerment.
Heifer International, CARE International, Ten Thousand Villages, Solar Sister, Fair Trade Winds, and Global Goods Partners are just a few of many organizations aimed at encouraging shoppers to stretch this year’s holiday spending to also support women’s empowerment through beautiful, handmade crafts, donations to support women’s entrepreneurship and trainings, and more. But when in doubt, a donation to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU in your recipient’s name will support women’s rights, access to health services, and basic civil liberties at a time when women still endure ongoing struggles of gender bias.
Check out all the details below and let us know in the comments how
you are supporting women’s empowerment through this year’s holiday gift giving.
Heifer International aims to provide support to women and girls through women’s groups, gender equality training, and providing girls with the means to go to school. Your gift helps to make their hard work a reality.
Heifer International’s programs are designed to give every girl a chance for success and we are proud to recommend the gift ideas below. View the entire Heifer International Women’s Empowerment Donation Catalog for even more ways you can support their efforts.
Purchasing this basket of rabbits, silk worms, and fish fingerlings, provides a women with what she needs to start her small business. She receives training in business management and animal care, as well as the startup capital needed to start.
This is more than a gift basket! It’s just one way to empower a woman to become the breadwinner for her family and contribute to growing her local economy.
Like Heifer, CARE does some amazing work towards women’s empowerment. Their Gifts of Lasting Change page features some unique ways to spend your donation in not only women’s empowerment, but also education, farming, animals, basic needs, and more.
The benefits to girls who stay in school and continue their education are vast — they are healthier, earn more money, start families later, and more. As one of their Gifts of Lasting Change, this donation gifts an education to one girl.
Just one of the many women craft makers on the Ten Thousand Villages online store is the Highland Women’s Multipurpose Co-op from the Philippines. This Co-op helps women artisans work together in groups, obtain government help in skills training, buy raw materials, gain access to low interest loans and obtain titles to their land and Ten Thousand Villages has been purchasing their products since 1987.
Made out of recycled newspaper and other materials, all gifts are handmade in the Philippines and are a great, inexpensive gift that directly supports women growing their own economies. There are 15 items available online – prices range from only $6.00 (!) to $34.99.
For other great gift ideas that support local producers, check out the entire holiday gift guide.
Solar Sister is a great organization made up of women bringing affordable clean energy directly to their communities. They provide each entrepreneur with the mentoring, training, and business support they need to successfully build their businesses and reach more people. But to make all their hard work possible, they need donations! Every $500 kickstarts a new Solar Sister entrepreneur with a year of training, mentoring, and support. Your gift, of any amount, will help us empower the next Solar Sister.
It’s a simple fact: buying fair trade empowers women. The Fair Trade Winds website features affordable gifts made by talented women and buying one of these as your stocking stuffers gives women all over the word the opportunity to bring success to their local communities.
Fair Trade Winds is featuring embroidered items from women in Peru, jewelry made by women escaping human trafficking in East Asia, handmade jewelry & ornaments from women’s cooperatives in India and Nepal, and much more.
Need even more gift ideas? Our friends at Global Goods Partners have a fantastic list of Holiday Gifts That Give Back perfect for anyone on your list.
100 Under $100 explains, in easily understood prose, the challenges faced by the world’s billion+ most impoverished women. These women work incredibly hard, held back by a dearth of resources and education, little access to health care, and discriminatory legal and financial services. With better tools and expanded access, women’s hard work will be more productive, yielding better outcomes for them, their families and their communities. The highlighted tools will provide women a toe-hold to climb the ladder out of extreme poverty.
Bonus: For each paperback copy sold, Betsy will be donating one dose of Misoprostol to Life for African Mothers. Learn more here.