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"Giving women an opportunity to work is my life's work. It leads to stronger communities, families, and voices. It gives women a freedom that can only come through providing for yourself."
GIFTS FOR GOOD
"Thank you for supporting artisans and helping to improve their lives + communities.
Their hand-crafted work + stories inspire myself and the entire Rachel Roy team."
Towels from Ethiopia
Ethiopia is the fifth fastest growing economy in the world with the lowest level of income equality in Africa but it remains one of the poorest countries in the world due to rapid population growth and low wages. Although there is significant cotton and garment industries in Ethiopia, craft remains a substantial opportunity for the lesser-skilled labor force.
Sabahar is a monitored member of the World Fair Trade Organization, employing more than 120 people who all earn 250% more than the average industry income. All products are handmade – form the spinning of the thread to the weaving of the fabric. The towels are made from all natural fibers.
Bags from Madagascar
This island nation off the southeast coast of Africa has an abundance of unique wildlife and natural resources but the country remains one of the world’s poorest and is heavily dependent on foreign aid.
There is a significant crafts sector that continues to be a substantial opportunity for the less skilled labor force.
Razafrindrabe is an all female run handicraft business that transforms the skills of artisans into functional and contemporary products. They continuously strive to support a sustainable environment by offering environmentally-friendly products and using resources wisely.
Razafrindrabe works with 50 artisans to whom they provide a fair wage. Artisans may work from their home in order to take care of their families simultaneously.hank you for supporting artisans and helping to improve their lives + communities. Their hand-crafted work + stories inspire the Rachel Roy team.
Baskets from Mexico
Mexico is home to a diverse population of indigenous people still producing traditional products. The handicrafts industry in Mexico is under pressure by being cut off from markets because of drug wars, crime and local rebellion.
The Makaua collective works with 500 families in the South of Mexico. The workd Makaua means ‘hand to hand’ or ‘giving a hand’ in the ancient Nahuatl language.
Baskets are woven from dried palm leaves by the people who live deep in the mountain ranges. The leaves are removed from the tree, boiled, laid to dry in the sun, and then braided. These braided pieces are them masterfully organically dyed and stitched into baskets.
Bowls from Swaziland
Swaziland is a small, land-locked kingdom bordering South Africa and Mozambique. Its population mainly works in subsistence agriculture as its infrastructure is critically weak and unemployment is 40%. The country also has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world. The handicraft industry represents a major component of Swaziland’s economy.
Quazi Design’s products are handmade by local women – empowering them through skill sharing and earning a sustainable, permanent income. Products are environmentally friendly as they give new life to recycled products.
THE LOVE BOMB COLLECTIONChange the direction of hate, celebrate love. Handmade by artisians from bomb fragments.
This collection is made by artists like Sao Tai in Laos from unexploded bomb material dropped during the Vietnam War. Each purchase empowers Sao Tai to earn an income and create a livelihood for herself while also clearing bomb littered land. With tenacity, love can accomplish miraculous deeds.
FEED INDIARachel partnered with Lauren Bush Lauren & FEED Projects to create a tote that would help feed school children in India along with create jobs for Indian artisans.
970 units sold 200,000 meals provided to school children in India