Now – February 14th, Trades of Hope is offering the exclusive Ellie Cosmetic Bag for $16 with any purchase of $75 or more. Ten percent of net profits from the sale of this bag will also support an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. When you buy an Ellie, you are not only helping a woman in India out of poverty but you help rehabilitate an elephant!
These Ellie bags are handmade by women like Seema in India. Stories like Seema's are far too commonplace in villages and slums across India and many other impoverished areas. She and her sisters lived with their grandmother after their mother passed away when Seema was too young to even remember her. Her father couldn't find steady work. Before long, Seema was married off as is customary in her culture. Both she and her husband were from poor families that struggled to provide. It wasn't long before they started a family and had two daughters of their own. But they wanted better for their children. Fifteen years ago, they left their village to find that "better."
It didn't come easily or quickly. A relative in an urban slum gave them refuge until they could find a room for the family of 4 to rent. Seema's husband found temporary work, but they still could not make ends meet; two incomes were needed. In India, women are viewed as second-class citizens and since schooling is not free, educating girls is not a priority. Seema could only find work far from their home at a small factory. She worked as a seamstress. The hours were long and the commute was far. Not only did this begin to take its toll on her health, but she wouldn't even see her family by the time she returned home. This wasn't "better."
Seema has now worked as an artisan with the group and creates beautiful products like the Ellie bag. She has been blessed to be able to do what far too many others cannot -- she has put both of her children through school and her daughter will be graduating this year with her son not far behind. Someone showed her compassion ... gave her an opportunity. Her children will have greater opportunities ahead because she's been able to provide the tools they need to succeed. She's shown her children, the next generation, that it IS possible to rise out of poverty in India. She's empowered them as she has been empowered. One person shared an opportunity. It was the key to her finding better.
When you spend $75 on Trades of Hope products from January 31st-February 11th, you are eligible to add the Ellie bag to your order for only $16. Your fair trade purchase is bringing hope to artisans around the world.
If you would like to be part of a sisterhood that gives women like Seema the opportunity to empower herself out of poverty while also earning an income for yourself, you can learn more by clicking here: