Altiplano jewelry is handmade by Mayan women in the highlands of Guatemala, blending traditional craft with modern design. Our fair trade workshops empower women and support the fabric of their communities. Your purchase makes a difference!
Around the world there are roughly 840 million people that go to bed hungry each night with 13.1 million being children in the United States. At HALF UNITED, we have merged our passion to help people in need with our love for fashion. The result has been a devotion of our lives to provide everyone with the opportunity to change lives all over the globe. For every HALF UNITED product you purchase, YOU provide 7 meals for a child in need. Together with our giving partners, your purchases fund feeding programs in the USA, & Haiti, that to date, have provided nearly 800,000 meals for children in need! Thank you for doing your HALF!
Starfish Project restores hope to exploited women in Asia. We provide life-changing opportunities through our Holistic Care Programs and our social enterprise where women create beautiful jewelry and become managers, accountants, graphic designers, and photographers. Through our Holistic Care Programs, we provide vocational training, healthcare, shelter, counseling, and education grants for our women and their children. Starfish Project has employed over 130 women and has served thousands through our Community Outreach Services.
WorldFinds is a longstanding member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), with a mission to create positive change in the world through the practice of 360° fair trade. Our artisans are all talented and low-income who are paid a livable wage and have safe working conditions, access to healthcare and childcare, and on-going training and education. Our holistic approach means we have been working with many of these groups for over a decade – during that time we have seen many artisans lift themselves out of poverty and even launch their own successful businesses, strengthening the entire community.
While living in Ethiopia, Barrett Ward saw firsthand how extreme poverty forced young women, generation after generation, to resort to prostitution as a means of supporting themselves and their families. The goal was to provide an alternative that would give these women an opportunity to earn a living, empowering them to end the cycle of poverty that kept them trapped. Armed with multiple studies illustrating how the employment of women benefits and strengthens the entire community, the ABLE team set out on a mission to end generational poverty, one job at a time.
Silver Lining Project
Maria Miller, Atchison, KS, established The Silver Lining Project (SLP) in 2005. The silver lining is a metaphor for optimism and hope. All things work together for good, and even in bad situations there is always hope, and hope does not disappoint. She continues to build on her current featured brands including Half United, Conscious Step, Elegantees, and Women Sewing By Faith, all who share a similar mission of hope. SLP is fashion that fights hunger, human trafficking, provides jobs in Haiti, and provides water, books, meals, and HIV treatments. In addition, 10% of all sales go back to featured local charities. Thank you for being a silver lining!
Zigba Tree was established in 2003 by Melanie Buford of St. Joseph, MO. The goal of Zigba Tree is to help provide sustainable living for women in developing countries and the opportunity for girls to have an education. Many girls in developing countries are denied the chance to attend school, limiting their possibility for a better life. We look at Zigba Tree as a way for women to help other women. Shopping is an easy way to do that. When you purchase from us you are supporting women in an HIV community, educating and feeding children, and helping with the rescue and restoration of girls caught in Human Trafficking. Your purchase does change lives. We thank you.
Break Every Chain
Break Every Chain, our local coalition was founded to fight domestic human sex trafficking (DMST) in northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri. Our coalition coordinates and participates in awareness events, supports other non-profits working with rescued sex trafficking victims, sponsors and coordinates preventative education curriculum in our area schools, provides housing and care for local survivors, works with law-enforcement officials and the Missouri Attorney General’s office, engages in a number of forums to shed light on this issue, and has spent countless hours in other ways to bring awareness to our communities.
Meredith Lockhart was born into a family with a long history in the arts. Her father was a jeweler and mother a fine musician and artist. In her teens, she became interested in horses which led her to the love of the west and eventually western art. She is now an award winning designer and artists that works in numerous media under the name Meredith Lockhart Collections. Most of her creations are made on their farm in beautiful NE Kansas. MLC specializes in creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, accessories and fashions where she also colaborates with other artists.