Be honest! Does your mother need to chill out! Well this Mother’s Day, why not give your mom a few good reasons to relax and recharge while helping to lift the lives of women across the globe, at the same time. Millions of women worldwide struggle to make a living selling their artisan-quality goods, but find that they have little access to market opportunities. These Mother’s Day gift ideas from Global Girlfriend are all women made, fair trade and eco-friendly. Giving ” gifts that give back” helps to support economic development for women in need by creating sustainable markets for their products, the education of girls and the empowerment of women. All items can be purchased online from globalgirlfriend.com
“Economic opportunity for women holds the promise for real change in the world;
because when women have an income,
they reinvest in themselves and in their children’s health, education and nutrition,
building stronger families and communities over time.”
Start by setting the mood…
Each soy wax candle is hand-poured and crafted using the finest high-quality candle fragrances by women involved with Bright Endeavors, a nonprofit social enterprise that helps inner-city and at-risk women gain the skills needed to make a living and become self-sufficient. This gift is really two gifts in one. Old Boylan Bottling Company soda bottles have been cut and transformed into candle holders, but after serving as a vessel for your candles, they can be washed and used as glassware.
Inhale. Exhale. Relax. Give your mom the gift of soothing relief from tension and headaches with these scented eye pillows made with healing herbs from the shores of Lake Victoria. Plus they are perfect for the savasana yoga pose or for mothers who need an occasional stress break (in other words, most moms). Handcrafted and hand printed by Ugandan woman artisans using recycled materials and cotton wax cloth, each pillow is filled with rice and dried herbs grown on fair trade farms.
Slip into a soothing bath. With delicious scents like Cinnamon & Orange, Cocoa Butter, Green Tea & Lemongrass, Mint Rosemary, or Sweet Almond, it’s hard to choose one, so why not buy mom several of these soothing bars of soap made from shea butter and calming essential oils, each handmade by All Pure Nature, a women-owned business in Ghana supporting the employment of women artisans in the capital city of Accra.
Reflect. Record. Recharge. “Start small, dream big, change lives” is the motto of Global Girlfriend founder Stacey Edgar. She inspires us to realize that we all have the power to help change the world, one meaningful action at a time. Handmade and fairly traded in Nepal, this lovely paper journal can be a special place for mom to record her dreams, and a reminder that with the power of fair trade we can keep the dream of a better future alive for women and families worldwide.
Now, mom can kick back, relax and enjoy an inspiring story. “Global Girlfriends” reveals the inspiring tale of how Stacey Edgar followed her convictions, refused to be paralyzed by the size of global poverty and by “starting small and dreaming big, changed lives”. Since its founding in 2003, Global Girlfriends has become a successful, socially conscious business that has helped poor women in five continents feed their families and send their children to school.
“Start Small, Dream Big, Change Lives”
When you buy gifts from GlobalGirlfriend.com, a significant portion also helps to fund small business seed money micro-grant and micro-credit programs run by young women for young women–benefiting themselves, their families, and ultimately their entire communities. Site purchases support the efforts of three key charities: Global Girlfriend, The Hope Faith Love Store, and The Pink Ribbon Store. This year, you can honor mothers and the spirit of motherhood, by giving her a gift that literally supports other women. Learn more at globalgirlfriend.com
What suggestions do you have for charitable or eco-conscious ways to gift mothers? Share your suggestions and comments below.