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Phone: (650)-488-7088
951 Mariners Island Blvd
Suite 240

San Mateo
California 94404
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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.

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.
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.

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Having worked in the Fair Trade industry for a dozen years and as an owner of a Fair Trade company I can say with sincerity and experience that Shopping for a Change makes it possible for women around the world to earn a respectable income which enables them to provide for their families in a ... more »
While searching for an internship to do over the summer I came across Shopping for a Change on the school website, the description online highlights both the fun-loving fashionable and caring charitable aspects of the company. I was immediately drawn to the combination that Shopping for a Change ... more »
Hi! I'm Jessica and I work as an intern at Shopping for A Change. To be completely honest, I didn't actually expect much out of this internship in the beginning. I had the impression that because Shopping for a Change was less distinguished than other organizations I had interned at previously, the... more »
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