Friday, 11 May 2012

Global Girlfriend: online fashion boutique

Global Girlfriend, created by inspirational lady Stacey Edgar back in 2003, aims to help women across the world gain economic security in their lives, by providing all of you guys & dolls with a huge range of unique products to purchase from its online boutique.

All of the items on sale are women made, fair trade and eco-friendly, and have one sole purpose: to help women in need help themselves, through a fair living wage with healthy and safe working conditions. So whether you are looking for clothes, accessories or even gifts, Global Girlfriend has something special for you, along with the added bonus of knowing that you are changing someone’s life for the better. Not bad for a couple of clicks of the mouse right? There are some lovely bits and bobs that would make great gifts, so definitely spare a moment in your hectic schedule to have a nose around! When you click on an item that takes your fancy, you’ll get a background story about the women who made it, along with where, and just how your purchase will greatly impact their lives. It’s a refreshing change to know exactly where the clothes on your back are coming from, and how they made the journey to your appreciative hands.

Antique Sari Cosmetic Bag - crafted by a women's cooperative in New Delhi

Wakami Eight-Strand Earth Bracelet - handcrafted treasure, made in Guatemala and inspired by an earth-creation story

The Good News Gift Bag - handcrafted from recycled newspapers
Freeset Signature Tee
Wear with pride the signatures of the women rescued from human trafficking by Freeset in Kolkata, India

Handwoven bracelets are made by a group of women working in Nuevo Montecristo, Guatemala

Three Owl Tote - Handmade by women rescued from sex traffickers in Calcutta
Kenyan Away With Hunger Scarf

Dahlia Hand Block Printed Dress

Stacey is extremely passionate about providing women with a reliable income, so that they in turn can reinvest in themselves and their children’s health, education and nutrition; which will ultimately build stronger families and communities, and will help to break the vicious cycle of poverty, and hopefully bring the promise of a brighter future worldwide. 

Aside from creating jobs for many women, each item purchased from Global Girlfriend has a charity royalty which is directed to Camfed (Campaign for Female Education) – a non-profit organisation that is extremely dedicated to eradicating poverty in Africa by educating and empowering the nations’ girls and young women. Camfed works directly with people in rural areas of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania; and provides life changing educational and economic opportunities to girls who treasure the chance to create a sustainable life and future for themselves. More specifically, the money goes towards Camfed’s seed money micro-grant program – run by young women for women – where grants are given in order to embark upon a small business venture; which benefits not only them and their families, but their entire communities in the process. Camfed is another sparkling example of an organisation that isn’t dishing out aid, but rather the opportunity for young people to build a life and a future, without feeling constantly indebted to others, and the chance to experience a happy and content existence. After all, everybody should have the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness

It’s not much to ask for, is it? 

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