Christmas Reflection

We only have one week until Christmas, and so we are a bit reflective.  This season is all about love, giving, and connecting (…the inevitable family drama aside). We started Project Artisan with that same spirit.  So, we wanted to share with you two of our artisans that are giving back to their communities and to the world.

Krochet Kids identifies some of the most vulnerable residents of a region in Uganda living in extreme poverty. Many are young single mothers; young adult orphans heading one or more households; those formerly abducted; those affected by HIV/AIDS; or those displaced from their homes. The Krochet Kids team then trains them to crochet and provides them with quality materials to make products and make a livelihood. Crocheting empowers these individuals toward future independent entrepreneurship. They learn how to manage their income and support their families.

KeoK’jay employs HIV positive women in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to make environmentally friendly fashion. Every step in making a KeoK’jay product is carefully considered with the customer, the producer, and the environment in mind: from design, to materials, to production, to packaging. . Employment with KeoK’jay makes a big difference in the lives of its producers and their families who have gained a higher standard of living, improved health, and self-confidence. Some are able to send their children to school for the first time, and all have a gained a support network and work environment free from unsafe conditions and discrimination. Buying KeoK’jay products supports this work.

We invite you to shop Project Artisan and see how all of our designers do their parts to change the future of fashion and make a difference.


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