“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop
In hopes of talking less and doing more when it comes to helping others, I’ve started a series I’m calling Good Samaritan Saturday. On Saturday mornings, I’ll post a little something you can do to start your weekend out with positive vibes by helping to lift someone else up…
I’m super excited to start this mini series-within-a-series this week! For the next few Saturdays leading up to Christmas I’m going to be featuring some fantastic, socially conscious companies that are great places to do your holiday shopping. Not only do they offer beautiful, unique products, but they all give back in some way. And I’ve teamed up with them all to offer you a little something special too!
First up is To the Market, a shop full of survivor-made goods. TTM showcases gorgeous handmade pieces by artisans who have overcome abuse, conflict, and disease and also allows these survivors to tell their stories. I absolutely love their mission and the incredible goods they sell—and I’m pretty sure you will too!
The bracelets above? They’re made from 100% recycled paper by Acholi women who survived the war in Northern Uganda. Each purchase helps these strong women build a better future for their families.
clockwise from top left:
22STARS Cafuné Ugandan Paper Necklace: Made by the same women as the bracelet above.
Tribal printed scarf: Pushpanjali is a fair trade organization based in Agra, India. They provide marketing and financial support to small and marginalized producers to improve their living and working conditions. They also support educational and medical programs in rural villages—allowing girls to attend school that otherwise could not afford to.
Starfish Project earrings: A fair trade jewelry company that cares for and employs exploited women in Asia.
Mamafrica folding clutch: Handmade by Internally Displaced Women in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Mamafrica provides vocational training, full-time employment, daily meals, and a safe, happy work environment for these women and their own little ones.
Starfish Project bracelet (see above for how Starfish Project gives back)
Omoit FOR KIDS Ugandan Paper Headband: Designers are talented Acholi women who survived the war in Northern Uganda.
Punjammies pants: Made proudly in India by women working to remain free from sex slavery.
One Mango Tree Ugandan wristlet: One Mango Tree provides training and employment for women in Gulu rebuilding their lives after war. Many of the women employed not only care for their own families, but also for children orphaned during the war. One Mango Tree provides sewing training, steady jobs, a daily meal, school fees stipends for children, bicycles and a renewed sense of hope.
To the Market is giving away one of their signature totes (pictured above) to one lucky reader! Head over to To the Market’s website and let us know which item is on your wish list in the comments below. Make sure to enter via Rafflecopter and check out the other options for bonus entries! I’ll draw a winner next Saturday!