When Nathalie, Carol, Marcelle and I started 4Mothers, we had a vision of being a “virtual watercooler” where parents could come to hear different perspectives, offer advice, share ideas and learn from each other. We always joke about how great it would be to overhear someone in the school yard say, “Oh, did you read 4Mothers today?”.
On Monday, I posted Gifts That Give Back. My intention to was shed light on organizations committed to empowering women and educating others through artisan products. I listed some of favorites: Live FashionABLE, Eat My Words and Two Penny Blue. At the end of the post, I asked you to share some of your favourite Gifts That Give Back.
The few responses that I received reinforced the basic foundation of 4Mothers: this is a site to share ideas and learn new perspectives.
A reader reached out to me through email and shared her story of a recent trip to Africa inspired by a speaker she heard give a talk about Maasai culture at a fundraising event. During her trip, that was organized in part by Me To We /Free The Children, she was immersed in Maasai culture. This was no touristy trip. She walked with the warriors, fetched water and learned beading from several local women.
She saw first hand how Me To We supports local artisans by selling their wares through the Me To We website. By doing so, these women are empowered and enabled to care for their families.
Take a minute to explore the website and you will find artisanal gifts for everyone on your list, like these Ugandan stuffed animals ($24.99) that are perfect for the little ones in your life.
The Tatu Three Wrap bracelet ($29.99) and the Pamoja Unity bracelet ($49.99) are sure to put a smile on any woman’s face.
Another reader sent me the link to a fabulous website called Cause and Object.
The site features a product each day that gives back. To kick off Movember and to benefit prostate cancer research, the Urban Demistache Mustache necklace ($42) was highlighted on November 1.
Even though Halloween is over, if you have a super hero who loves to play dress-up consider this Pip and Bean cape ($45). For every cape purchased, Pip and Bean will donate a cape to a patient at one of the children’s hospitals in Columbus, Ohio.
I hope you take a minute to share your favourite Gifts That Give Back in the comment section!