Mother's Day is the one day of the year that's dedicated to celebrating and honoring the person who brought you into the world. It's a day to spend time with your Mother, or whoever has had that mother role in your life.
In the West, we have the tradition of giving gifts to our mothers on Mother's Day. This year, what if we chose gifts that our mothers love, while also empowering the mothers around the globe who made these beautiful gifts?
I've gathered my 6 favorite Mother's Day gifts that are handmade by mothers around the world!
FashionABLE empowers women through business development and entrepreneurship. They started out working in Ethiopia and have since expanded to provide opportunities for vulnerable women in the United States as well! They believe that the best way to empower women to rise out of poverty is through enterprise.
My favorite FashionABLE products are their saddlebags! The one below is called the Tirhas Saddlebag and is sold for $148. They also have a mini saddlebag. Buy one for your mom here!
2. Local + Lejos
Local + Lejos is a home decor company that aims to bridge communities near and far, which is demonstrated through their name! They create modern pieces that traditional retail stores cannot offer at attainable prices. Local + Lejos works directly with the artisans and cuts out the middlemen, which allows them to maintain affordable prices. They empower artisans, many of whom are women and mamas, to grow businesses, preserve cultural traditions, and create sustainable futures for their families. Local + Lejos works in several developing nations including Rwanda, Cambodia, Guatemala, Mexico, Uganda, and India.
My pick for the perfect Mother's Day gift is one of their beautiful basket bowls like the one pictured below! The basket below was made by artisans in Rwanda. Buy one here!
Kurandza has a special place in my heart! It's the non-profit social enterprise that I started with the community where I worked and lived in Mozambique for 3 years! Our mission is to use entrepreneurship and education to empower women to become leaders in their communities. Kurandza means "to love" in the local Changana language of the village where we work in Southern Mozambique. We make earrings, bangle bracelets, cards, and bags!
My Mother's Day pick would be the "Hina" tote bag. It's perfect to use for a yoga bag, or to carry your computer and notebook to work! Buy one here! *They're normally $38, but now until Mother's Day, use "FORMOM" code at checkout for 30% off!
4. Hands Producing Hope
Hands Producing Hope is a non-profit social enterprise that provides the economic, educational, and spiritual resources necessary to empower remote communities to rise above poverty. They are an amazing organization that works with artisans in both Costa Rica and Rwanda. I personally know their founder, Rebecca, who has been instrumental in creating this wonderful organization. They sell jewelry, baskets, and accessories.
My favorite pick for mom is the Naia necklace. It's $24 and made by artisans in Costa Rica. Get one here!
5. Parker Clay
The founders of Parker Clay, Ian and Brittany, have an incredible story. While adopting their daughter in Ethiopia, they saw first-hand what life was like for volunerable women who were orphaned as children-- many turned to prostitution or were sold into human trafficking. Ian and Brittany wanted to do something about it, so they decided to start a business that would empower these women to earn an income through craftsmanship and entrepreneurship.
All of their products are beautiful! If you have an adventurous mama who loves to travel, my pick is the Backpack for $175. Get one here!
6. Tribe Alive
Tribe Alive is an ethical fashion company that partners with female artisans in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Honduras, and Fort Worth, Texas. They employ impoverished women at fair-trade wages, and provide safe work environments. They have a passion for design and quality products that also help provide dependable income to women across the globe. I've had the honor of meeting Tribe Alive's founder, Carly, and her heart is really behind everything they do as a company.
There are so many great picks, and my favorites are their stud earrings! They range from single studs for $12 to $25 for a pair. Buy them here!
Your purchase matters! Choose a gift for mom that also provides jobs to mothers worldwide!
Know of another brand that empowers women around the world? Let me know in the comments below!