Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mother's Day Gifts with an Impact

Remember when you first started feeling contractions? Or when your water broke? If you were like me, you grabbed your carefully packed hospital bag, took a selfie with your husband ("last picture of our family of two!"), and excitedly called family members as you drove to the hospital. You labored on a bed in a private room, surrounded by nurses and doctors. The most stressful part was getting the epidural on time.

Consider this: you're feeling contractions, your water broke. You walk waddle 20 miles - miles! - to the nearest hospital. But this hospital doesn't have any basic necessities... no electricity, no running water, not even any healthcare professionals.

Now imagine that you somehow survive these conditions to bring forth a brand new baby into this world. You bring home your bundle of joy and do your best to provide safety, a home, clothes, and food. But you are not in control of your country's failing economy, of natural disasters, of when you'll be pregnant next. You can't bear to watch your children starve, and so you do the most logical thing to ensure their survival: you drop them off at the local orphanage.

This is the reality of motherhood for too many women around the world. The majority of orphans in Haiti, for example, still have living parents. And 300,000 mothers die each year during pregnancy and childbirth - a tragedy made worse by the fact that it's entirely preventable!

There's a really great way to be part of the solution, here: support businesses that employ these mothers around the world. I have a few favorites that I'll share with you. And Mother's Day is the perfect excuse to shop for this cause!!

Shop the Orange Rose Collection from Every Mother Counts:

Shop the jewelry from 31 Bits:

"We work with our beneficiaries in Uganda to create fashionable, quality products. They earn an income enabling them to provide for their families. We care for them holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. After five years in our program, our beneficiaries are ready to graduate. A graduated beneficiary has her own business and is educated, healthy, and confident. She is empowered."

Shop MarketHaiti (in partnership with the Apparent Project, who I've worked with before!):

I have a necklace similar to this that goes with everything!
And it's only $18!!

Shop jewelry and fashion accessories from the Noonday Collection:

"We collaborate with 29 Artisan Businesses in 12 countries to design a collection of handcrafted jewelry and accessories. We develop these Artisan Businesses through fair trade, connecting them to a global market and empowering them to grow sustainably."
If you know of any other businesses that help and empower our sisters around the world, I'd LOVE to hear about them!

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