As the holiday season is only a couple of days away, this calls for a lot of giving and receiving amongst family and friends. We all know the incredible feeling of giving a gift to someone we love and seeing the smile on their face. What if we told you that you could double this feeling? What if we told you that instead of one person on the receiving end, there could be two or more? We get so wrapped up in exchanging gifts to one another, we forget about the impact we could be leaving on others, not just inside our circle but instead, across the world.
Wouldn’t it be nice knowing that when you purchase an item for a friend or family member, not only are they the ones receiving the gift, but another family member or friend you don’t even know is benefiting from this simple purchase you made from over a 1,000 miles away? We call this a social enterprise. A social enterprise is where an organization applies profitable strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being to those who need it most.
This holiday season, we want to think beyond family and friends and think more. Which is why we have created a social impact giveaway this Christmas. With each item featured in this giveaway, a portion of the proceeds are being donated to someone in need or helping families live a better, healthier life. We call this our:
Below you will find a list of all the social enterprises that have partnered with us this holiday season to help us think beyond and to think more.
Story: Ben and Laura Harrison, co-founders of Jonas Paul Eyewear, have given their ingenuity to the mission of equipping their visually impaired son, Jonas, and other children with creative, fashion-forward kids glasses. While searching for suitable children's eyewear for Jonas, the Harrison's discovered one missing factor in options for children: fashion-forward kids frames at an accessible price point. Jonas Paul Eyewear exists to provide confidence in children through stylish eyewear.
Social Impact: Jonas Paul Eyewear partners with Restoring Vision to provide prescription glasses to children in need and donates 10% of each purchase to CBM International to bring vision to a person through corrective surgery.
Product Featured: Non-Prescription Sunglasses valued at $69
Story: 31 Bits was founded by five college girls after one life-changing trip to Uganda. What many women in Uganda lacked in either education or a job, they made up for in skills and resourcefulness by designing beautiful jewelry out of old posters. In an effort to change the way these women lived, 31 Bits team was inspired to empower people using fashion and design. 31 Bits exists to provide women in Uganda the opportunity to create fashionable, quality products, which in return, will earn them an income enabling them to provide for their families.
Social Impact: Every time you make a 31 Bits purchase, you have a direct impact on women’s lives in Uganda.
Featured Product: Acholi Sunset Bracelet Set valued at $16
Story: EPAMade was inspired by co-founders, Allen and Ayaka Lu. In 2010, their marriage hit rock bottom and they were separated for two years. By God's miraculous mercy, their marriage was restored and their family began a journey of healing in Northern California. Having experienced such brokenness and hope, they were inspired to become an agent of hope through creating jobs and loving neighbors.
Social Impact: EPAMade is a positive work community that trains and employs single mothers in order to restore hope in East Palo Alto.
Featured Product: Organic Cotton Cat T-Shirt valued at $24
Story: Tegu is a reinvented innovative toy company committed to harnessing its profits to benefit the struggling nation of Honduras. This company goes beyond building blocks for children and instead creates a future for children. Inside the Tegu blocks, you will find potential, goodness and quality. Tegu believes that every child possesses the unhindered ability to build, create and imagine. Through building Tegu blocks, these children are building their futures.
Social Impact: Through the team, materials and education, Tegu is providing world-class employment for families, supporting reforestation by donating a portion of revenue to replanting efforts and partnering with AFE (Amor, Fe Y Esperanza), a school that was developed to provide education for the children whose families work at the Tegucigalpa city trash dump. Through these contributions, the company is providing a bright future for families and reforestation.
Product Featured: Blue 14-Piece Set valued at $35
Story: Littlest Warrior creates t-shirts for children and parents in efforts to spread awareness and inclusion one rad tee at a time.
Social Impact: For every purchase made, 10% of all sales will go to a family in need or to a foundation.
Product Featured: Littlest Warrior Tee valued at $22
Story: Soma is on a mission to improve lives for everyone who drinks water by using sustainable, plant-based filters that make water healthy and delicious with the use of beautiful carafes and pitchers, and the convenient filters by Mail service.
Social Impact: Every time you buy a Soma filter, they donate to charity: water projects. These contributions go directly to sustainable, community-owned water projects in developing countries.
Product Featured: Soma Pitcher valued at $39
Story: NEAT Coffee is a Connecticut-based artisan coffee bar and roasting company that operates with quality-obsessed precision in sourcing, roasting and brewing coffee. NEAT goes above and beyond to serve seasonal single-origin coffees that are distinctive and exceptional.
Social Impact: The NEAT team is constantly tasting, learning, improving and educating so that customers can simply enjoy the rare pleasure of quality coffee and have their expectations about it forever changed.
Featured Product: NEAT Coffee valued at $42
Story: Sseko Designs is a fashion brand based in Uganda. The organization began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree or has graduated from university and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place. Sseko Designs provides the opportunity for women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.
Social Impact: All revenue generated through the Sseko brand and their partners in Kenya and Ethopia allow Sskeo to expand their mission to educate and empower women through employment, training and scholarships.
Featured Product: Gold Bucket Bag valued at $149.99
Story: The Akola Journey was inspired when founder, Brittany, met a Ugandian woman named Sarah who cared for twenty-four street children in her home. Brittany was inspired by Sarah, and began to create a way to help Ugandian families who had hope and vision for their families but did not have the income or confidence to embrace their calling. Through training and employing 250 women and guaranteeing a monthly income, Akola could care for 2,500 children by simply creating a beautiful jewelry line. Akola has grown into a platform to inspire a generation of social entrepreneurs to deliver the highest level of impact to transform the lives of women and children in poverty.
Social Impact: Akola trains, empowers and employs over 400+ women in extreme poverty which in turn gives them the resources to provide for 3,000+ disadvantaged children in their community.
Product Featured: Small Leaf Necklace in Lily valued at $48
Story: LSTN was created with the intent in mind to create global change by providing high quality products that would help fund hearing restoration and spread awareness for the global problem of hearing loss and hearing impairment. Instead of creating just another headphone company, they wanted to create something that would change the world.
Social Impact: When you purchase a pair of headphone, this helps support LSTN and Starkey Hearing Foundation’s mission to help restore hearing worldwide. In under 3 years, LSTN has been able to give the gift of sound to over 20,000 people through everyone’s amazing support.
Product Featured: Ebony Avalon Earbuds with Mic valued at $49
Story: Rey Swimwear was inspired by Jessica Rey as she was searching for a swimsuit that covered more than an “itsy bitsy” bikini, but would still make her feel beautiful. Rey Swimwear, inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s style, seamlessly sews together contemporary fashion with vintage glamour.
Social Impact: Rey Swimwear manufacturers are responsible for upholding practices across areas such as human rights, health/safety and fair wages – thus respecting the dignity of all involved, not just people who wear their apparel, but those who make them as well.
Featured Product: Marie in Gingham
Every company has a story that has inspired them to think more.