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Shopping for a Change

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Address:

951 Mariners Island Blvd Suite 240 San Mateo CA 94404 USA

Mission:

Shopping for a Change®, a web-based non-profit organization, is a fair trade marketplace where artisans, predominantly women from developing countries, sell their handmade creations, enabling them to earn a sustainable income and lift themselves from poverty. Our net proceeds subsidize community improvement projects abroad as well as help fund select U.S.-based charities.

Results:

During our first year, as a result of support through purchases and direct donations, we helped to fundThe Tibane Water Project directed at enhancing the lives of our artisans in the Lavamisu Region of Swaziland, Africa. Now over 400 community members have clean water for the first time. Q1 of 2012 we funded the Enkutoto-Elangata-Enterit Group Ranch Education Project. Half our net proceeds from sales during 2011 have gone to provide a year’s salary for one teacher at the Enkutoto-Elangata-Enterit Group Ranch in Kenya, where the artisans of The Leakey Collection reside. With our financial assistance, their class size has gone from 1 teacher per 80 pupils, down to 1 teacher per 40 pupils. With the help of Katy and Philip Leakey, founders of The Leakey Collection, and their nonprofit organization T.R.A.D.E., Trust for Rural African Development and Enterprise, the student teacher ratio in the area has been lowered from 80/1 to 40/1. Currently out of the 23 teachers employed, The Leakey Collection directly funds 9 of them; and rural families at great financial hardship support the rest. 2013: The Nutritional Empowerment Project is a collaborative effort between Shopping for a Change and the Faire Collection, formerly known as the Andean Collection. It was jointly funded with net proceeds from our 2013 sales, and an in-kind contribution by the Faire Collection. Our efforts are focused on supporting local Kichwa artisans in the Ecuadorian Amazon region in a sustainable farming project. The Kichwa's persistent issues with access to food and the effects of malnourishment are problems we are determined to help them solve. Details of the project are available as a downloadable pdf file. Click to Download. Read about how the project is progressing on our blog. Half of the net proceeds from our product sales during 2014 financed the opening of two new preschools in Cox’s Bazar, a seaside and fishing town on the southwestern coast of Bangladesh, on the Bay of Bengal. The Bangladeshi Preschool Project, was a collaborative effort between Shopping for a Change® and our partnering artisan organization, Pebble Child. Pebble employs over 6800 disadvantaged women, living in 65 rural places throughout Bangladesh. Beginning February 9, 2015, forty children, ages 3-6 whose mother’s handcraft Pebble’s adorable handknit toys and apparel, proudly began attending our two preschools in Sirajgonj and Mouliribazar, free of charge. Their preschool attendance will enable them when they are of age, to begin primary school as tigers, due to the head start in education they received at preschool.

Target demographics:

artisans, primarily women, lift themselves from poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Thousands of artisans and their communities in the regions of Africa, South America, & Asia. Also, US-based nonprofits which are chosen by our customers during checkout, receive one half of our net proceeds.

Geographic areas served:

Artisan groups in Africa, South America, Asia. We ship to the United States & Canada.

Programs:

our fair trade marketplace for them to sell their exotic, handmade goods. Each purchase through our website helps these artisans, mostly women, to consistently feed their families and send their children to school. In addition, our net proceeds help fund both community improvement projects abroad and select US based charities of the consumers' choice.

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Reviews for Shopping for a Change

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I ordered a wonderful wooden bowl from Shopping for a Change. The experience has been wonderful. Stacey kept me informed on the progress of my order and ensured I had complete satisfaction. I recommend Shopping for a Change to help make a difference in the lives of those in need. Thank you Stacey!!

 
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I ordered a beautiful wrap (at the last minute) to wear to my daughters wedding. I am currently at our cottage 2 hours north of Toronto ( live in Charlotte, NC) Trying to figure out how to get it in time was a challenge. Stacie was amazing - texted me with updates and options until we sorted it out. I can't remember when I last had such amazing service. I would shop here everyday if I could. Can't wait till I get my wrap!

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I absolutely love Shopping for Change. I am complimented all the time on the beautiful products I purchase for myself and have gained kudos from friends for the great gifts they receive from me as a result of Shopping for Change. When I had an issue, their support staff was great and personable. I am proud to support such a great organization. Angelina

 
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I contacted Shopping for a Change to assist with client gifts for my hotel over the holidays. I wanted to go in a unique direction providing our clients something useful and gender neutral that they would really like while also giving back to the artisans in their country and a local organization of my choice. Shopping for a Change provided me with several options, and I chose a beautiful bamboo bowl with our company logo engraved on the back which my clients absolutely loved. They also designed a card that we included in the packaging which described the origin of the bowl, and who the proceeds benefited both internationally and domestically. It was the most well received corporate gift of my career and I can't wait to purchase more from Shopping for a Change.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Such a wonderful organization. From the people that shop for a change to the volunteers to the board, and of course, their founder, Stacey, this organization has all the right pieces to change the world.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Shopping for a change is the kind of charity I love! They empower people to start their own businesses and become self sufficient. They then sell high quality products from these businesses on their web site. I've purchased many of them for myself, family, and friends. They make great gifts too!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Shopping for a change is a unique kind of nonprofit in how it aids those in developing countries. It makes it so that artisans in these countries can feed their children and plan for the future instead of always worrying about the present. My experience with this nonprofit has shown me the positive impact that a customers purchase can have - from contributing to paying for a year of high school for teens in Swaziland to helping women who have escaped sex trafficking in the Philippines - Shopping for a Change empowers people all over the world. Not only are the people I've worked with in this nonprofit some of the kindest and most caring people I've met, but there is a definite feeling of purpose. Everything that is done is done to try to make the organization the best it can possibly be with countless hours poured into every detail. Ultimately, I would highly recommend Shopping for a Change as it is a nonprofit that strives towards and succeeds at making the world a brighter place.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I read about Shopping for a Change in my college alumni magazine and I'm so glad I've discovered this fabulous charity. The items they sell are top quality and they're delivered quickly. I love them so much I posted about them on Facebook and have told all my friends. You can't go wrong supporting their wonderful work.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Working with SFAC this year was a pleasure! Stacey always finds the balance between professionalism and passion, and I fully support her efforts to make a change in these countries, one person at a time. SFAC has nursed my want to contribute to other communities abroad in order to help them raise themselves up out of poverty. It has also given me an opportunity to donate to local community efforts. If there's any organization could contribute all my time into, it would be this one.

 
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Stacey's passion is apparent in the way she runs the business: hand-selecting the right products, great attention to detail, excellent customer service and ensuring the charities and causes are meaningful and impactful. It is refreshing in this day and age to find businesses that are fully committed to giving back and making a change globally. The products speak volumes for the effort and love that is being put towards creating them by the artisans that it makes you want to be involved with this business and play a role in driving positive change around the world.

 
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