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29 Gifts That Help Empower Women All Over The World

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1. Safari Cell Phone Cases: Tanzania

Buy here for $28.

Organization: Kidogo Kidogo, Tanzania.

Impact: A portion of the sales help buy mobile phones for women in rural Tanzania, where they can be incredibly useful for women to communicate, stay informed, and run businesses.

2. Cotton and Wood Bangles: Mozambique

Buy here for $25.

Organization: Kurandza, Mozambique

Impact: Profits from the bracelets help fund development projects and allow women, the majority of whom are HIV positive, to work for fair wages which can pay for transport to the hospital, food, and school books and uniforms for their children.

3. Coiled Newspaper Clock: Philippines

Ten Thousand Villages / Via tenthousandvillages.com

Buy it for $34 from Ten Thousand Villages.

Organization: Highland Women’s Multipurpose Co-op, Baguio City, Philippines.

Impact: The clock, which is made with recycled old newspapers, is made by women artisans. Each purchase helps give them a job and income, so that the organization can eventually help them apply for loans to own land.

4. Bracelets For Change: Guatemala

Buy here in a variety of colors for $15.

Organization: Kiej de los Bosques, Guatemala

Impact: The purchase of each bracelet provides a job and income for women in rural Guatemala. A portion of the funds also helps split the cost with a Guatemalan woman to provide clean water, healthy food, and a safe home for her and her family.

5. Fair Trade Soccer Ball: Afghanistan

Dosti / Global Goods / Via globalgoodspartners.org

Buy it for $45 here.

Organization: Dosti and Bpeace, Afghanistan

Mission: Each soccer ball purchased helps employ Afghan women, providing the opportunity to work from home and support their families.

6. Hand-Painted Paper Mâché Dishes: Haiti

Dam Dam / Global Girlfriend / Via globalgirlfriend.com

Buy them here for $26.

Organization: Dam Dam, Leogane, Haiti.

Impact: Purchasing these dishes helps provide jobs and generate income for 90 women artisans in the town of Leogane, which was destroyed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. All profits are sent back to the village to help 400 men, women and children to rebuild their village.

7. Golden Star Necklace and Hoop Earrings: Afghanistan

Buy the necklace for $56 here and the earrings for $68 here.

Organization: Aayenda and Future Brilliance, Afghanistan.

Impact: Sales help provide jobs for over 300 women who are challenging gender norms by working in the traditionally all-male metalsmithing field. Funds also support courses in literacy and entrepreneurship so that women have the leadership and business skills to get and create jobs.

8. Recycled Tire Wallet: Cambodia

Buy the wallet here for $25.

Organization: Friends International, Cambodia.

Impact: The purchase provides a stable job and income to impoverished Cambodian women, which allows their children to stay in school, away from unprotected labor on the streets.

9. Serape Scarves: Mexico

Buy here in a variety of colors for $20-$30.

Organization: House of Light Goods / Casa de Luz Children's Centre, Primo Tapia, Mexico.

Impact: Proceeds from the scarves help support impoverished single mothers and children, many of whom are victims of abuse, so that the families can stay together and work towards a new future.

10. Mini Alpaca Yarn Bunny: Peru

Manuela Ramos / Global Goods / Via globalgoodspartners.org

Buy this adorable bunny for $20 here.

Organization: Manuela Ramos, Peru.

Impact: International sales help provide fair-paying artisan jobs to women in Peru's rural areas, where job opportunities are scarce and they would otherwise be excluded from the global market.

11. "PUNJAMMIES" Lonuge Pants: India

Buy here in a variety of patterns and colors from $46.99-$49.99.

Organization: Sudara, India.

Impact: PUNJAMMIES™ are made by hundreds of women in India who have escaped human trafficking. Each purchase helps provide a safe and sustainable job, housing, training, and education for these women and their children.

12. Hand-Beaded Glass and Leather Cuffs: Native Americans

Buy here in a variety of colors for $168.

Organization: Etkie, New Mexico, United States.

Impact: Etkie bracelets are made by talented Native female artisans from underemployed communities in New Mexico, and each purchase helps these women empower themselves financially and socially.

14. Handmade Mosaic Glycerin Soap Bar: El Salvador

Shuchil / Global Girlfriends / Via globalgirlfriend.com

Buy here in a variety of scents for $5.

Organization: Shuchil, San Salvador, El Salvador.

Impact: Each soap is made by women from rural parts of El Salvador, who use traditional Mayan recipes from their ancestors to preserve their indigenous heritage.

15. Felt Panda Baby Booties: Kyrgyzstan

Silk Road Bazaar / Via globalgoodspartners.org

Buy them here for $30.

Organization: Silk Road Bazaar, Kyrgyzstan.

Impact: Profits from these booties provide income and new opportunities for talented female Kyrgyz artisans, so they can escape poverty and build a better life for their families.

16. Blockprint Makeup Bag: East India

Buy it for $10 here.

Organization: Women's Interlink Foundation, Kolkata, India.

Impact: The organization has created opportunities and jobs for victims of social injustice and sexual exploitation. Sales provide an income for these women and children, so they can start saving and rebuilding their lives.

17. Leather Crossbody Bag: Rwanda

Buy it here in a variety of colors for $86.

Organization: Love41 and Africa New Life Ministries, Rwanda.

Impact: Profits from the bag provide financial support and education to orphans and widows affected by the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which killed over 1 million people.

18. Natural Dyed Fabric Journals: Burma-Thailand

Buy a journal here for $20.

Organization: Borderline, Thailand-Burma Border.

Impact: Proceeds help provide a safe space and artisan jobs for Burmese refugee women who live in the historically violent Thailand-Burma border region, so they can have an income and better healthcare for their family.

19. Hand-Stitched Infinity Scarf: South India

Blue Mango / Global Girlfriend / Via globalgirlfriend.com

Buy it in a variety of colors for $32 here.

Organization: Blue Mango Trust, Tamil Nadu, India.

Impact: The scarves are made by marginalized women in India who are disabled, widowed, or living with AIDS. Each purchase gives them a job that has fair wages, as well as medical and retirement benefits.

20. Rolled Gold Paper Rod Earrings: Swaziland

Buy them for $24 here, or and in a variety of colors here.

Organization: Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT), Swaziland.

Mission: Proceeds help SWIFT provide jobs for 5,000 artisans from Swaziland, where over half the population lives in poverty from a weak economy and extremely high rates of HIV/AIDS. In addition to giving jobs, SWIFT also runs medical and education programs.

21. Bright Spot Jewelry Roll: Vietnam

Craftbeauty / Global Girlfriend / Via globalgirlfriend.com

Buy it for $14 here.

Organization: Craftbeauty, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Impact: Proceeds provide a safe job, craft skills, and a good income to disabled or marginalized women in Hanoi, Vietnam.

22. Inspi(RED) Corkscrew: Various African Nations

Alessi Shop / (RED) / Via store.alessi.com

Buy the for $67 here.

Organization: (RED) in Ghana, Rwanda, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania.

Impact: A portion of the proceeds can provide 11 days of HIV medication to mothers, which helps prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV to their baby. So far, (RED) has provided over 1.8 million mothers with treatment.

23. Sea Glass Ombre Candles: Honduras

Buy them for $24 here.

Organization: Candelas La Luciérnaga Project / Actions for Popular Development (ADP), Honduras.

Impact: The organization provides a job and income to women artisans who are victims of abuse, and proceeds also fund the organization's shelter for abused women and their children, home for pregnant women, and a micro-loan program.

24. Handmade Cotton Beanie: Kenya

Slumlove / Via slumlove.com

Buy here for $24.

Organization: Slumlove Sweater Company, Nairobi, Kenya.

Impact: Sales help give a fair-paying job to women in one of the biggest slums in Nairobi, Kenya and part of the profits go towards high school scholarships for their children.

25. Hand Embroidered Clothing: Pakistan

Buy the skirt for $118 here and the jacket for $232 here, or browse additional clothing items.

Organization: Raven and Lily, Pakistan.

Impact: Purchasing these clothes helps Raven and Lily to employ 1500 globally in 9 countries and work with 272 Afghan refugee women. The clothing is also eco-friendly and features traditional Pakistani styles.

26. Single-Origin Coffee Beans: Nicaragua

Just Coffee / SERVV / Via serrv.org

Buy this organic medium roast here for $11.

Organization: La Fundacion Entre Mujeres (La FEM), Esteli, Nicaragua.

Impact: Profits support an all-female co-op that gives rural Nicaraguan women a stable income by allowing them to cultivate their own land and sell fair-trade products, which is traditionally reserved for men.

27. Prosperity Candle: United States Refugees

Buy here in a variety of scents for $45.

Organization: Prosperity Candle, United States

Impact: Every candle purchased helps provide training and a fair wages for women who have recently resettled in the United States from refugee camps all over the world.

28. Thistle Farms Spa Kit: United States

Thistle Farms / Via thistlefarms.org

Buy the spa kit here for $25 or check out the full collection of bath and body products.

Organization: Thistle Farms, Tennessee, United States.

Impact: Sales help support over 700 survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. Thistle farms helps women get back on track by providing free housing, medical care, therapy, education, and job training.

29. Share Cookbook: Global

Buy the book for $26.52 on Amazon.

Organization: Women for Women International — Afghanistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan

Impact: All the profits from this book help women in war-torn countries rebuild their lives through a yearlong social and economic empowerment program. The book features those women's stories and traditional recipes from their countries, as well as recipes from famous chefs.

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