Giving Back Stylishly This Christmas Season.

If you read my last post, which was the Ethical Christmas Gift Guide, you might have seen one of my favorite necklaces of late, which is from Haiti Design Co. I also promised that my next post would give a little more details about why I love this line so much.

So when my friend Rachael was actually able to visit the brick and mortar Haiti Design Co-op located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and start carrying some of the items in her coffee shop in St. Louis, I was so excited! If you are local and not yet finished with your Christmas shopping, this is a perfect last minute gift to add to stocking stuffers or give as gifts on their own. You can find the line being sold at Silo Coffee + Goods!

Silo is my favorite place to grab an ethically sourced¬†coffee in St. Louis and simultaneously be inspired by all of the goods they carry in the shop! 10% of all profits from the cafe go towards lifting coffee farmers around the world out of poverty. So, it’s not a surprise that they also want to help other around the world, like the men and women who are the artisans behind Haiti Design Co.

A few of the things that Haiti Design Co. helps with {but isn’t limited to} are…financial management classes, women’s counseling, and simply consistently employing over 150 people in Haiti! Their goal of mentoring these individuals to ultimately leave them as independent entrepreneurs is so incredibly impactful.

When I lived in Guatemala, the thing I saw so much of was that there were so many incredible artisans, yet they weren’t equipped with the proper business skills to thrive. To see this model so effectively be put in action makes me so incredibly excited to be a part of it.

My hope is that in these posts about ethical fashion, you’ll be provided with sources to shop at that can make such an impact with every dollar you chose to spend. There are so many incredible companies out there supporting the ethical and sustainable way of doing things, and my desire is to equip you with as many options as possible to make your life a bit easier so all you have to do is shop! There is so much power behind each and every purchase you make. Don’t forget to stop by Silo Coffee + Goods to check out their coffee and their current selection of everything from Haiti Design Co!

Merry almost Christmas!

Olivia

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