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Community Projects

Hope Through Education, Project Haiti

Hope Through Education, Project Haiti

Every year, Shopping for a Change participates in a community service project that will help build our artisan communities. This year, we are combining efforts with our artisan partner, Haiti Babi. Every 2017 purchase will directly contribute to the education of children in Haiti next year!

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. A whopping 80% of Haiti’s residents live in poverty. Since then, Haiti has endured two major earthquakes, three major hurricanes, and...
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Access to Education: High School Scholarships

Access to Education: High School Scholarships

In February 2017, half of the net proceeds from customers' purchases during 2016 were donated to boMake, the nonprofit arm of our artisan group Gone Rural in Swaziland, Africa. These funds are being given as  scholarships to 10 deserving orphans for a year of high school education. Globally, 170 million children do not attend school, the vast majority of whom are girls. In 2015, Swaziland’s government mandated free tuition for primary school, however, the country s...
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The Future Looks Bright Project

The Future Looks Bright Project

Half of the net proceeds from our 2015 product sales were used to purchase and donate eyewear for 2500 artisans across three (3) continents, who need glasses for their detailed work. Between the ages of 30-55 yrs. old, people typically begin to lose their ability to clearly see up close, which can be truly devastating for an artisan. Not only does their production begin to dwindle when they cannot see well, but they risk losing their ability to work entirely. By prov...

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Bangladeshi Preschool Project

Bangladeshi Preschool Project

Half of the net proceeds from our product sales during 2014 financed the opening of two new preschools in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. This project was a collaborative effort between Shopping for a Change® and our partnering artisan organization, Pebble Child. Pebble employs over 6800 disadvantaged women, living in 65 rural places throughout Bangladesh. Beginning February 9, 2015, forty children, ages 3-6 whose mother’s handcraft Peb...

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Nutritional Empowerment in the Amazon

Nutritional Empowerment in the Amazon

The Nutritional Empowerment Project was a collaborative effort between Shopping for a Change and the Faire Collection, formerly known as the Andean Collection. It was jointly funded with net proceeds from our 2013 sales, and an in-kind contribution by the Faire Collection. Our efforts were focused on supporting local Kichwa artisans in the Ecuadorian Amazon region in a sustainable farming project. The Kichwa's persistent issues with access to food and the effe...

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Oltumusoi Education Project

Oltumusoi Education Project

Net proceeds from our 2012 sales were donated to cover the costs of a local teacher's salary for a year at Oltumusoi Primary School in Kenya. Benefiting the children of Maasai artisans working with The Leakey Collection, our grant reduced the student-teacher ratio from 80:1 to 40:1 during the 2014 school year. Our sponsorship is managed by Trust for Rural African Development and Enterprise (TRADE), founded by Katy and Philip Leakey, of the famed Leakey family.
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Tibane Water Project

Tibane Water Project

During 2011, in a joint effort with Unicef, Water Gives Life, an Australian nonprofit organization, and Gone Rural boMake, the nonprofit arm of one of our artisan groups, we installed a complete water system that provides clean drinking water for a remote homestead in the mountains of Swaziland, Africa. Previously, their water came from rivers, looked more like mud, and carried infectious diseases, such as hepatitis and typhoid. This has been a life-changing event ...
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