Archive | June, 2015

Summer Gift Guide

Cheers to the start of summer birthdays, parties, weddings, and more!

Need a gift? Bought Beautifully has your gift giving needs covered at every price point.

Keep scrolling to check out our summer gift guide.

 

Bridal Shower Gifts:

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Bridal shower season is upon us, and these bright wooden spoons or hand woven bowl make the perfect gift for the bride’s new kitchen!

Wedding Gifts:

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Give wedding gifts that give back! These handmade stacking trays are the perfect addition to the newlywed’s home, and are actively empowering orphans and widows.

 

Baby Shower Gifts:

Baby Booties Looking for the perfect baby gift that gives back? These baby booties are handmade in Haiti, and are sure to be a party favorite!

 

 

Birthday Gifts:

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Celebrate your friends with the Nancy necklace or the Splendid Strand Bracelet. With the perfect pop of color, these two items our new summer favorites!

Hostess Gifts:

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This printable poster is perfect for any hostess, and give back to a Christ centered pregnancy resource center and orphan! We love to frame these hand embroidered cards, a great way to show your thanks and support development in Haiti.

House Warming Gifts:

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A new home isn’t complete without a beautiful chalkboard sign and convenient place to hang your coat!

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Gift Guide for a Fair Trade Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, celebrate dads with fair trade style!

Need a gift? Check out our top picks, making impacts both locally, and globally!

Celebrate dad with this stylish duo from Krochet Kids! Not only do these gifts have worldwide impact, but they can also be purchased locally if you live in Sheridan, downtown at Bighorn Design Studio!

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Want more variety in your Father’s Day gifts this year? Check out these picks from Bought Beautifully! Our handmade leather journal, and Mesos skateboard are actively changing the world with the love of Christ, and economic opportunity!

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Got Toms? These shoes are a great gift for any dad, and leave a positive mark on the world! When you purchase a pair of shoes from Toms, an additional pair is given to someone in need.

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Don’t forget about camping essentials this Father’s Day! These hammocks from SoCo give you the chance to kick back while you give back!

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Summer Style Guide

Summer is here, and it’s time to shop.

We love knowing that BB products are not only impactful but are also in style! We compared some of the latest name brand products with our BB products, take a look and see how they stack up!!

Below is our quick guide, keep reading for all the details and even more product comparisons.

 

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Ear Candy:

Anth Earrings Find these Catinka Hoops at Anthropologie ($48), or shop BB’s Merina Hoops from Sasa Designs by the Deaf ($28), and provide monthly income for deaf artisans in Kenya.

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Make A Statement

Loft necklace Purchase this Painted Stone Necklace from Loft ($54), or shop BB’s White Paper Bead Necklace from Tuli ($48), and support the Ugandan artisan who made it with fair wages.

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Pop of Color

JCrewShop J Crew for this knotted rope necklace ($98), or shop BB’s Cadena Necklace from Solo Hope ($25), and help fight poverty in Honduras.

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Classic Tote

Gap Need a summer tote? Catch this leather tote from the Gap ($135), or purchase BB’s leather tote from 2nd Story Goods ($120), and impact Haiti’s economy.

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Summer Style

BananaLayered bracelets are all the rage this season! Buy braided friendship bracelets from Banana Republic ($20/each), or buy BB’s summer bangle set from Solo Hope ($45), and empower Honduran artisans to overcome poverty.

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Beach Bag

Straw Tote Beach time! Grab this beach tote at Anthropologie ($148), or buy our BB banana twine carry all from Azizi Life ($40), and support artisans in Africa!

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Azizi Life

A new week calls for a new introduction! We love sharing the BB family with you. Today, we are happy to share the story behind…

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Tell us about the history of Azizi Life –

Azizi Life Rwanda was founded in 2008 by staff from Food for the Hungry, a Christian NGO.  From the very beginning, the vision was that Azizi Life’s craft business would be the first in a family of social enterprises that served to facilitate economic development by rural Rwandans.  Central to this vision was the plan that Azizi Life would be self-sustaining and would be locally owned and operated within 10 years.  We are very excited to be making great progress in this plan.

Azizi Life is a self-sufficient business, and is on track to be run by our Rwandan colleagues by 2018 (or before!), with ongoing partnerships with volunteers in the US, UK, and beyond.

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Azizi Life supports over 25 independent artisan cooperatives through fair trade purchases, coaching in design, and resources for growth and leadership development in the areas of faith, economics, and family thriving. Azizi Life offers handcrafted home goods, décor, jewelry, bags, and holiday decorations.  These products are made from locally-available and natural raw materials, such as sisal, banana leaf, and jacaranda and musave woods.  The majority of these raw materials come from plants which continue to live and grow after the fibers are harvested.

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What are some of the trials and triumphs you have faced in bringing your organization to where it is today?

Our social enterprise is focused on love.  We have been well-loved by Jesus and feel honored to share that love through fair trade.  Azizi Life’s artisan partners in Rwanda have experienced unfathomable sorrow through the 1994 genocide, as well as the great weight of poverty.  Our team is committed to partnering with the artisans for a better life, and our relationships with them are central to everything that we do.  We are entrepreneurs and advocates, coaches, counselors, and cheerleaders.  It is our joy to add to the beauty of lives on both side of the ocean.  Love also is first and foremost in our relationships with our customers.

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Tell us more about Azizi Life and some of it’s impacts?

The first benefit to the artisans comes when they join with a cooperative to practice their craft together.  Weavers have told us about the isolation of poverty, and the relief and comfort found in the caring community of their artisan group.  How so?  There is indeed economic benefit, but very significant is the camaraderie that comes as the artisans sit Azizi artisan 2Azizi artisanstogether, confiding their troubles, sharing advice, and celebrating victories.  The cooperative is a context for building bonds of reconciliation, and for discussing important issues like HIV/AIDS prevention.  Artisans help one another during times of need, and reach out together to help others.

Azizi Life fortifies this social and relational benefit with economic gain.  We decide fair prices in conjunction with the artisan groups, and then work to represent them in markets that it would be nearly impossible for them to reach themselves.  Azizi Life also provides coaching in quality and design, and ideas for product development.  With regular income, the artisans are able to lead their families to thriving, providing basic materials that many have lacked in the past.  These materials include things as simple as soap, shoes, and sufficient food.  An overwhelming priority for the artisans is the education of their children, and with the income from their craft, artisans are able to pay for school fees and materials, as well as health care.  Several of the artisans have been able to build more substantial homes with their income- complete with electricity and water!

As an organization what excited about right now?

In Rwanda, Azizi Life has begun a second business in community-based tourism whereby artisans host foreign visitors for a taste of rural life.  Azizi Life Experiences has proven to be a wonderful channel not only for increased rural income, but for beautiful connections of mutual understanding and respect.   We look forward to building this program as a positive experience for both the visitors and the artisans!

 

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. What are some of your hopes and goals for 2015?

In 2015 we plan to continue to offer our artisan partners the opportunity to purchase solar lamps and fuel-efficient stoves at cost through an interest-free program.  Within the next five years, we expect to have fully operational our third social enterprise, an established Rwandan-based nonprofit organization,and have our artisan-led community development initiative in full swing.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Azizi Life partners with more than 25 independent cooperatives and individuals, 247 artisans in total.

The majority of the artisans, 82%, are women, and all are survivors of the Rwandan genocide of 1994.  They are subsistence farmers living in rural communities in Rwanda’s Southern Province.  The artisans are weavers and woodcarvers who use a mix of traditional techniques, materials, and designs.  Many of the artisans learned their craft from family members or neighbors, while others were trained in government-supported or church-based vocational programs.

Building up to the establishment of this program, Azizi Life has been offering various faith-building, life-building, and community-building resources for our artisan partners.  We offer a weekly Bible study for anyone interested, and support the artisans by praying for them and their concerns.  Weekly English lessons are also offered, as well as periodic training of trainers in areas such as first aid (in conjunction with the Rwandan Red Cross) andbuilding strong character (in conjunction with Kugana 10-40).  Our team is also available for mediation and advising when cooperatives face challenges.

 

We are amazed with the work Azizi is doing, and can’t express enough gratitude for the opportunity we have to partner with them in such a Beautiful way.
Keep up with Azizi Life – follow them on Facebook here!
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