Gifting season has arrived, and with it an abundance of promotions and wish lists and one-for-you-one-for-me messages are everywhere. I'm a fan of exchanging presence and handmade gifts, but for those who aren't makers or don't have time, how about supporting companies centered on a social mission? Here are a few of my favorites---all founded and led by women!--- that offer beautiful, meaningful products.
Soko was founded on the belief that innovation can empower women, connect markets, and foster opportunities that change lives. Using technology, the company connects consumers to global makers outside the digital economy, delivering stunning, stylish jewelry created by artisans in developing countries using natural and upcycled materials. This infographic shows how Soko's business model made an impact in 2014...
SOKO GIFT PICKS
SOKO + UNTF COLLECTION
Soko partnered with the United Nations Trust Fund for this collection to raise awareness and funds for programs that help end violence against women. Learn more and shop the bracelet collection →
VIDA partners with artists and makers across the globe to co-create products that are manufactured on-demand using digital printing technology, thus reducing waste and creating a more sustainable pipeline. The artists handle design while VIDA handles production and business. They also offer literacy programs for the makers---reading, writing, and basic math---in Pakistan and India, where access to education helps create a better future for factory workers and their families. I was super inspired by the founder, Umaimah Mendhro, after seeing her speak at an event for women entrepreneurs and investors. Here's the full story of VIDA...
VIDA GIFT PICKS
Orange Harp is a mobile commerce company that curates collections of apparel, accessory and personal care products for conscious consumers who want their dollars going to like-minded companies. The product makers are carefully selected small businesses committed to beautiful design, Earth-friendly practices, and giving back to their community. To compound what each maker gives back, Orange Harp donates 1% of everything purchased through the app to Not for Sale, a non-profit dedicated to ending human trafficking and slavery.
ORANGE HARP GIFT PICKS
NOTE: This post is not sponsored, just ♥ for companies I admire.