Ruby Woo Loves… Gifts that Give Back

7 Feb
We all know the amazing concept behind Toms.  Buy a pair of shoes for you, and a child in a third-world country gets a pair of shoes for free.

I’m so blessed in my life–financially, physically, spiritually, and just about in every other way, and I love finding opportunities to give back–either through my church or in my personal life.

Here’s a few things you can buy that helps others at the same time.

Sereni & Shentel’s Borneo Blair headband
Sereni & Shentel’s limited edition collection is inspired by the pua’ prints of the Iban in Sarawak, Borneo.

With every purchase from The Borneo Collection 50% of proceeds will go to The Semembai Literacy Project, an adult literacy programme for rural women. The donation will be given to Society for the Advancement of Women & the Family, Sarawak spearheaded by Fiona Mowlem & Grete Fozdar.

Starboard Sandal by Sseko Designs
Sseko Designs hires recent secondary school graduates for this nine month period to live and work together, while earning money that will go directly towards their university education. These women will not make sandalsforever. They will go on to be doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and teachers that will bring change and unification to a country divided and ravished by a 22 year-long war.
Sseko Designs is a not-just-for-profit enterprise that recognizes the power of business and responsible consumerism to support sustainable economic development, which in turn affects a country’s educational, justice, and health care systems. The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda.
[From the Sseko Designs website]

Altruette charms.
I’m always on the lookout for delicate gold charms, and Altruette has an amazing selection.  And, even better?  Each individual charm benefits a different charity.  This key charm, for instance, donates 50% of proceeds to the National Women’s History Museum.  You can sort by charity category (animals, education, global, women, and children) or by style.
Bucketfeet shoes.

BucketFeet gives artists a platform to connect with people and showcase their work in a new way. This is why the brand was started, and this is our central focus. We give back to artists by purchasing their work, and paying them royalties for every pair of shoes we sell. It doesn’t stop there. We also support kids through programs in art, music, and sports. Aaron and Raaja met volunteering with kids, and it’s important for us to stay true to the story of the brand. With every purchase, we donate a percentage of sales to our non-profit partners.

[From the Bucketfeet website]

Other products that benefit charities include Lush’s Charity Pot Body Lotion (all proceeds are donated to charities around the world), and FEED bags (each bag feeds a child for a year).

Do you have any favorite brands that support charitable causes?

Let me know!



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