Gifts that Empower & Inspire

This holiday season, why not present your friends and loved ones with gifts that are unique, crafted with care and benefit the underprivileged women who create these beautiful items. We seldom think about the people who create the products we buy. Nevertheless, several organisations work with women to produce gift items that are beautiful and empower those who create them.

What makes these gifts special is that they are handmade by artisans who work within a women’s collective. These socially responsible gifts provide financial support and economic independence to women, their families and communities.

MarketPlace Handwork of India offers women opportunities to earn a fair wage and to have a livelihood that channels their talent. These women artisans are able to support their families, educate their children, and engage in social activism — a process that is changing their lives dramatically for the better. This portal offers a variety of products ranging from jackets, knits, dresses, accessories and home interiors. They also have a ‘Holiday Gifts’ section that offers colourful knit braided and bead necklaces; beautiful scarves; patchwork bags and innovative home interior items.

Hope for Women brings superior quality, fair-trade products created by women artisans to the mainstream marketplace. Hope for Women products are divided into three distinct categories – Lifestyle, Salon & Business. Their lifestyle products include jewellery and accessories, pressed flower greeting cards, recycled tyre tube bags & accessories and many more delightful hand-made products. Hope for Women have collaborated AVEDA to create eco-friendly salon products. The Business section of Hope for Women includes customized holiday greeting cards.

Another inspiring initiative is Made by Survivors, an international non-profit organisation that employs and empowers survivors of human rights violations, slavery and those who are victims of abject poverty. All of the profits from sale of their products go towards the rehabilitation & welfare of these survivors. Their products include hand-made jewellery, accessories, bags and other gift items.

This Christmas, let’s create a circle of love and happiness by exploring these heart-warming and commendable gifting options.

WEBO Power wishes all its members and readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Posted By: Supriya Mathur, Team WEBO
Illustration By: Molly Radin, Team WEBO
Posted On: December 18, 2012

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