Brands That Make a Difference

We all love to give back, but it's hard to choose where to put our money. Why not purchase an item that shows the cause and charity you support? There are many deserving charities and organizations to choose from, but here are some of my favorites making a difference around the world.

31 Bits

31 Bits' mission is to "use fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty." They do this by providing work opportunities for local artisans in Uganda and Indonesia. Paper beads are made in Uganda. Brass metal accents and accessories are created in Indonesia. They pay the workers fair and sustainable wages. 31 Bits goes beyond just paying their workers—they also provide opportunities for counseling, health care, and education. They look to improve communities and support families. By making a purchase, you are directly impacting the lives of families.

31 Bits gets their name from Proverbs 31, where it describes a diligent woman providing and caring for her family.  The “bits” comes from what the beads are made out of…bits of paper!

Here are three items on my wishlist from 31 Bits:

 

ARVO

"Alone we are small, but together we can achieve great things." ARVO's mission is to provide minimalist quality products where a portion of the proceeds go to local and global charities. So far they have been able to help: clothe the homeless, raise money for education in India, promote community involvement with Utah's refugee program, help fund missions to end child extortion and slavery, teach leadership and team working skills to our future leaders, and fight in the battle against cancer. Their goal is to make a positive difference in the world, and shouldn't that be ours too?

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DIFF Charitable Eyewear

For every pair of DIFF sunglasses sold, a pair of reading glasses are given to someone in need. They do this by partnering with charitable organizations like Eyes on Africa, Restoring Vision, and Svosh. Through their buy one get one program, they have also been able to provide eye exams, vision assistance, and eyecare treatment to many communities that lack access to vision care. 

"A pair of reading glasses might seem insignificant, but in many parts of the world it's often the difference between poverty and prosperity." —Sherry Grigsby, Founder of Eyes on Africa
 

FashionABLE

"It is widely known that if we are to end extreme poverty, two things must happen: 
One, we must create jobs for those lacking opportunity, and two, we must do so for women."

This is the gap that FASHIONABLE wants to fill. FashionABLE does not employ impoverished workers, but they do trade with companies around the world and their role is to hold those companies accountable to fair employment practices, and to help embolden those companies that are doing good work.

Recently, I purchased a Tirhas Saddlebag from FashionABLE during their annual warehouse sale. I was looking for a nice, crossbody saddlebag for a while. I felt better purchasing quality handbag from a company that I know is making a great social impact. My bag is beautifully made and I get compliments all the time. 

 

Krochet Kids

Krochet Kids provides life-changing job opportunities to empower women in need. On every product, the name of the woman who created the product is listed. You can then go on Krochet Kids website and read more about that woman and their life journey. You can even write them a letter of thanks to encourage them. Here are some statistics about the impact Krochet Kids has made on these women and their families:

  • Personal income grows to be 10X larger than pre-KKi levels. More income means a greater capacity to invest in the long-term wellbeing of her family
  • Savings levels increase by 25X. Savings provide a safety net during hard times, a way to handle unforeseen expenses and the seed capital to start a business
  • Families are 5X more likely to have access to healthcare when sick
  • Women are 40% less likely to be physically abused
  • Women are 25% more likely to participate in major family decisions
  • Children are 8X more likely to attend high school if their mother participates in our program. In places where higher education is rare, children who finish high school have significantly more opportunities than those who don’t