This is Mary. She’s one of fifty women who’s employed by weaving Giving Bags. She’s been widowed and is now the sole provider for her family. She’s also an incredible craftswoman and celebrates her roots by weaving beautiful bags. At Gravity&Grace, we asked ourselves, “How can we support her now and set her up for future success?”, and here’s our answer: we’ll purchase every bag she weaves for a fair, local value and connect her with fashion designers and mentors for constant innovation and improvement. By purchasing a Giving Bag, you are employing Mary and 49 other women like her, and helping them provide for their families, while also encouraging pride in their heritage and artistry.
This is Joanne. When she was 15, she was given the opportunity to escape the Slum and be cared for and educated. When she turned 18, she was forced by Kenyan law to leave the orphanage that had become her home. Transitioning from having full time support to living on her own was difficult, yet she was determined not to return to the slums. With guidance and help Joanne was empowered to make a courageous decision. She began attending a vocational program. Since graduating, she’s been able realize to her dream of opening her own tailoring shop, and has continued to use her entrepreneurial drive to find new ways of supporting herself and her family. Joanne’s future is incredibly hopeful, and we want to see stories like hers become the norm, not the exception.
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With everything we do, our goal is sustainability: we’re not interested in short-term solutions that will “fix” the problem now. We want to ensure the lives of the people we support are changed forever.