Each year I write a post about how you can double your Christmas gifting by purchasing items that support a cause of some kind. I would like to say that not all causes are created equal. Sounds strange, but think about it. Some business models are more effective than others in supporting the needs of different groups of people, and some ministry models encourage equipping and empowering over “hand-outs”. Below is a list of businesses that are great to purchase from for the sake of doubling your Christmas gift, but I would ecourage you not to purchase blindly. What I mean is, please read about the business and their model for impacting a community in need before purchasing.
Elliefunday.com : 100% organic baby blankets and swaddles that are hand stitched by marginalized women in India, providing fair wage jobs. Each blanket takes about 9 hours. For a limited time, you can also purchase personalized cloth star ornaments that has the year 2014 embroidered on the front.
Zoeclothingcompany.com: A Christian clothing company based out of LA. They support the Zoe International, Orphanages for children who have been saved from child trafficking in Thailand. To purchase clothing to support Zoe International, click here. Zoe clothing also has a special right now for supporting missionaries Matt & Grace who were placed in prison in Qatar and their children placed in an orphanage. You can read more about their story by clicking here.
Freelyinhope.org: By providing women opportunities for education, entrepreneurship and counseling, they strive to uplift women in Kenya out of poverty and decrease the vulnerabilities of sexual abuse. You can support by shopping online for necklaces or cards, or by watching and sharing their videos/stories that are on their webpage.
Heavenlytreasures.org: They equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity. To check out their online schedule to find where there next pop-up shop will be located, click here.
InfiniteforIndia.com: They sell knitted infinite scarves with the goal of empowering the women of India through education.
Remnantintl.org: Empowering the abused and neglected women of northern Uganda through the trades of screen printing and sewing. You can shop online for apparel, headbands and bags made in Uganda by their ministry.
Shareanddogood.com: This store hosts items from a number of different cause related small businesses. Some brands she carries are the giving keys, krochet kids, 31bits, and fashionABLE. Seriously, when I visit I always think everything is super cute. They do not yet have an online store but you can shop in person at: 110 East Wilshire Avenue #101 Fullerton, CA 92832. Say hi to Lilly for me!