Archives for June 2012

GLOBAL GIRLFRIEND: Shop To Benefit Women Worldwide

Global Girlfriend was created by Stacey Edgar to help women worldwide gain economic security while providing unique products and a simple way to help women in need. Through Global Girlfriend, marginalized women are given a vehicle to bring their handcrafted products (apparel, handbags, jewelry, handmade paper and bath products, and more) to market, empowering them to create a better future.

Global Girlfriend brings the work of “disadvantaged groups directly to the end-users (you and me) by forming long-term partnerships that provide women a fair living wage with equal employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, technical assistance and development strategies to foster prosperity and reduce poverty.” In turn, stronger families and communities become a reality, along with a tangible affirmation to these women and their children of what is possible. Hope is a powerful catalyst to fostering a resolve for a better future.

“We have the extreme privilege of knowing and working with a wonderful group of women social entrepreneurs globally who are leading cutting edge women’s non-profits aimed at bringing women social and economic justice.” –Global Girlfriend

The advocates and artisans of fair-trade products are cinched together by a single common thread of purpose: “helping women in need help themselves”. Women from Nepal, Africa, Thailand, Guatemala, India, and other countries unite around their shared cause: security and freedom.

“We believe passionately that economic opportunity for women holds the promise for real change in the world; because when women have an income, they reinvest in themselves and in their children’s health, education and nutrition.” –Global Girlfriend

Recycled Color Burst Tote from globalgirlfriend.com

Shopping is more meaningful and even more fun with names like, “101 Beads of Joy” or “101 Beads of Peace“, “Zulugrass Beads for Learning“, “Three for Freedom“, “Congo Solidarity Skirts” and, bookmarks with meaningful sayings that sum up the vision: “Start Small, Dream Big, Change Lives“.

 

“Each item we sew is our claim to a better world.  A world where we are seen not only for the challenges we face but for the beauty we create.” -Congolese Seamstess

You can also choose from a variety of the “Gifts that Give More” projects. These provide opportunities to help girls in Afghanistan receive an education, provide childbirth kits to mothers in developing nations, skill train mothers living in extreme poverty, or help liberate girls from human trafficking or those living as indentured servants, and more.

Sharing about Global Girlfriend is a creative and unique way to enlighten and inspire your friends to shop with an eye toward giving back. Promote fair-trade eco-friendly products at your workplace, through gift-giving, event promotions, fundraiser giveaways or, to educate children.

Together we CAN make a difference.  Now don’t keep it to yourself, Go Tell a Friend!

The GreaterGood Network of websites offers the public a unique opportunity to support causes they care about at no cost to them.

Connect with Global Girlfriend to shop online, on Facebook, or to follow Stacey Edgar on Twitter.  Buy  Stacey Edgar’s book, “Global Girlfriends”.

Join me on Twitter @DestinysWomen

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
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