Last weekend at the Influence Conference, I was introduced to a non-profit that gripped my heart from the instant I heard about them. fashionABLE works with women in Africa who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty. So, when you purchase one of their beautiful scarves, you are providing support to create a sustainable trade for these women. All the profits go back to the rehabilitation, counseling and employment of women who are otherwise forced into prostitution and abuse in order to provide for their families.
I can't look away from this. I have such a heart for impoverished mothers in the world who don't have the resources or education that I do. No matter where you live in this world, every mother is linked by our common love for our children. As a mother, I would do anything to protect and provide the basic needs of my children. I get it. It's an instinct that grips you to the core. So my heart was stunned at the thought of what these women have to go through in order to provide food for their precious babies.
I want to do my part to help. I bought this gorgeous scarf called "Feleku" named after the woman who made it. Read about her story here. And read through the other stories of the women that have been rescued from the cycle of poverty and sexual abuse. I plan to buy many more for my friends and family as Christmas gifts this year.
But guess what.... I bought one for one of you too!
I am giving away this Feleku scarf! It's the same style as the one I'm wearing above but it's in a color called 'Mediterranean Blue'. Trust me, it was hard to decide which one to keep and which one to give away!
Each scarf comes with a tag handwritten by the creator that states how this organization has helped her. This tag reads, "Because of fashionABLE, I am able to face new challenges. Thank you, Feleku."
And check our their business model. It says that the fashionABLE mission is to create sustainable business in Africa so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy.
image via livefashionABLE.
It's not just charity, it's efforts to create on-going, sustainable economic strides. And furthermore, it restores some dignity and helps to create new life for these women. All this by buying a beautiful scarf? Yes please!
To enter to win the scarf, simply leave a comment on this post.
Winner will be announced on Monday, Oct. 29th!
I would then challenge you to, 1) Visit the fashionABLE website to learn more about them, and 2) Buy a few scarves as Christmas gifts this year, and 3) Share with friends & family about what this organization is doing!
All photos by Jamye Doerfler.