It's better to give than to receive.
Well, today I'm giving you the opportunity to give as well as receive all at once!
My sweet sister-in-law recently became an ambassador of this great little company called Noonday Collection. Noonday have a mantra of their own, "using fashion and design to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable." All products sold on their site are handmade from women all across the globe. They have artisans in Peru, Ecuador, and Ethiopia, just to name a few. Purchasing their products gives these women the opportunity to feed their families, send their children to school, and simply live. Now that's what I consider money well spent!
From beautiful stationary, to handmade jewelry and handbags, Noonday has a little something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
And in lieu of the holidays, Noonday has a little something special just for you! Noonday is giving away the Ruth Bracelet (a $30 value) made by an artisan in Uganda to one of you lucky readers! Below is a little story about how Noonday Collection began and the artisan, Ruth, herself!
"Two years ago, Noonday Collection began purchasing small amounts of necklaces, bracelets, and other items from a talented couple named Jalia and Daniel. Little did we know they were so poor that Daniel had recently sold his leather bound Bible in order to provide for his two children. Now, because of your purchasing power, Jalia and Daniel have a car, their kids are in school, and they are overseeing a thriving jewelry workshop employing 20 other members of their community (and growing!).
Each of these artisans comes from a destitute background and each is seeing hope restored to their lives. Making the colorful paper beads for their pieces is quite an intricate process. Paper is hand cut into various lengths and then rolled around a tiny toothpick. Finally, the beads are varnished several times to make them hard and shiny, and then carefully crafted into the accessories you now wear! One of our artisans, Ruth, is resilient and full of joy. She was orphaned at age 6 and sent to be a servant in her oldest step sister’s home. Her step sister died when Ruth was 10, and Ruth became the caretaker of her sister’s three small children. After several years, she left for the city to try and ﬁnd a new life. Sadly, she met a life of exploitation. Her reality changed when she went to church for the ﬁrst time and the pastor told Ruth she could come live with their family. This same pastor helped solidify her new job with our Ugandan group. "There was a time when my only hope was to die," Ruth explains. 'Now I can send money back to my village so my siblings can attend school and not be exploited like I was.'"
To win the Ruth Bracelet enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. The winner will be announced Monday the 15th. Good luck!
|the Ruth Bracelet|
To read more about Noonday Collections and watch a sweet, little video about how it all began and the artisans it helps to support, go here!
Also, be sure to place any order on their site before the 17th to get guaranteed Christmas delivery! I have my eye on this Many Ways Bag for my own stocking this year! Let's give back a little bit this holiday season, shall we?