It’s officially a week before Christmas and the last minute holiday gift search is in full swing. Instead of the boring stocking stuffer this holiday season, consider supporting businesses that are employing and empowering women all over the world.
Here’s a selection of gifts ideas that also give the gift of women’s empowerment:
Papillion Enterprise Haiti’s mission is orphan prevention and they do that through job creation. Papillion provides hope to Haitian Artisans with the dignity of a job, training, and the ability to create something new out of something discarded and seemingly unusable. They use metal, cardboard, aluminum, dirt, and paper to make jewelry and other beautiful things. Visit the Papillion Marketplace to view all the options.
Solar Sister entrepreneurs are the women bringing affordable clean energy directly to their communities. Solar Sister provides each entrepreneur with the mentoring, training, and business support they need to successfully build their businesses and reach more people.
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.
Kate Spade’s on purpose line of accessories is a great gift for the chicest person on your list. With this label, Kate Spade partners with financially and personally empowered women entrepreneurs to create a line with a strong social mission for women’s empowerment. Visit the store and learn more about the on purpose label here.
Sudara goods are made by women in India who have escaped a life of sex trafficking and exploitation. In 2006, Sudara partnered with a sewing center in India and taught six women how to sew a pattern for loungewear pants, lovingly named Punjammies®. To date, they have employed hundreds more women in their fast growing centers.
Every style is named in honor and celebration of a woman at one of the centers. You can read a few of their stories here.
GLOBAL GOODS PARTNERS
Our friends at Global Goods Partners (GGP) team up with producer partners to create their products: community-based organizations, social enterprises and artisan cooperatives that combine the production and sale of handcrafted items with local development programs to improve the economic well-being and quality of life in their communities.
GGP committed to providing sustainable jobs for women—widely proven to be the key to community development and family well-being. In partnership with women-led, community-based organizations, GGP taps into the rich well of skill and artistry that is passed from one generation of women to the next. They invest all proceeds from product sales in developing sustainable market access as well as providing training and funding to enable our partners to prosper and thrive well into the future.
Since their launch in 2005, GGP has partnered with over 60 artisan groups in more than 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas, helping to design and bring to market the fair trade, handcrafted products they produce. Each artisan that creates products for GGP earns reliable, fair living wages and gains experience that can add benefit to all aspects of her life. Give your friends and family a gift that has the power to lift women out of poverty and bring lasting positive change to artisans and their families around the world.
CARE International’s Gifts of Lasting Change
A Gift of Lasting Change from CARE International is a gift that empowers people around the world to reach their potential. Featured products include scholarships for girls to attend secondary school, the gift of live saving medicine, school uniforms, sewing machines and training, and much more. View the whole Charity Gift Guide and know that your gift is a lasting investment for fighting global poverty across the world.