Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and honor the women in our lives – whether mother, aunt, grandmother, or older friend – who have served to shepherd us through the ups and downs as a mentor, guide, and loving shoulder to cry on. What better way to show your appreciation on Mother’s Day than by paying it forward and helping to lift up other women and mothers around the world?
By using your purchasing power for good, you can seek justice and empower women globally, all while honoring mom!
Here’s a helpful gift guide to get you started:
There’s nothing better than PJ’s with a purpose. Sudara’s line of cute, comfy loungewear is made by survivors of sex trafficking in India, who are trained by the company to become seamstresses, providing economic opportunity and new hope for their futures.
2. Help a Widow Start a Small Business with the International Justice Mission Gift Catalog
The Darling community is a big supporter of the work IJM is doing in the field to rescue and restore victims of modern day slavery, sex trafficking and other forms of violence. You can choose a gift to honor the special woman in your life that helps a widow start a small business in Uganda, or combats sex trafficking in a place like the Dominican Republic, all of which given women from across the globe the hope of a better life. By choosing a gift to honor your mom in this way, you are helping to give women hope of a better life around the world.
By choosing a gift to honor your mom in this way, you are helping to give women hope of a better life around the world.
Trying to get Mom on the essential oils bandwagon? Thistle Farm is a “sanctuary for healing” for women who have survived trafficking, addiction and abuse. Their online store features essential oils and other items for bath, body, and home made by survivors who are learning essential skills that they need to earn a living wage.
4. iSanctuary and Purpose Jewelry
iSanctuary provides holistic care to survivors of sex trafficking in Mumbai. As part of their restoration program, they provide employment and skills training through Purpose Jewelry, a beautifully crafted line featuring both timeless and on-trend designs that are perfect for Mom!
5. Good Paper
Good Paper’s mission is to “restore the human spirit.” Their beautiful handmade cards make the perfect accompaniment to any Mother’s Day gift. Their cards are made by women who have escaped sex trafficking in the Philippines and young adults orphaned by disease in Rwanda. And, as if that weren’t enough, they’re just plain cute.
Refusing to let hate, violence and terror have the last word, Sisterhood Soap exists to empower women refugees in Iraq to start soap-making businesses after fleeing ISIS. These beautiful soaps are handmade using wild herbs and pure olive oil, without the use of dangerous chemicals or dyes. Every soap-maker receives equipment, training and support to rebuild her life.
Know of other companies that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!
Image via Aysegül Karatekin