Shopping For A Change
Rating: 4.92 stars 49 49 reviews 3,181
951 Mariners Island Blvd Suite 240 San Mateo CA 94404 USA
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. 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.
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.
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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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.
Having had the opportunity to work with Shopping for a Change for several years, I'm always impressed with the organization and the commitment that the people involved have towards truly making the world a better place to be. Not only does Shopping for a Change provide beautiful products from talented artists, but they have created a vehicle by which the artists can sell their works and increase their quality of life for many generations to come. Please keep up the great work !
I have been so impressed by Shopping for a Change. Its dual missions of empowering indigenous artisans and their communities as well as assisting US charities are worthy of support,and the artisan-produced articles are beautiful and wide-ranging. It is my favorite site for shopping for gifts for friends, family, and myself! Stacey Horowitz and her team have done a great job.
This is the most wonderful non-profit I have ever ordered from. They are fast, efficient and they send what you order in the most creative wrap and ribbon! They are doing something good instead of a for profit-only business. Cheers to Stacey and her team.
Stacy does a great job telling the stories and engaging with both those being served and those looking to make a great contribution. It has been really helpful when providing gifts in helping share who has been helped and in aiding to pass along the various stories
Stacey is wonderful & this nonprofit is fantastic!
High quality products that support sustainable development.
I love the items on Shopping for a Change! The jewelry, home goods and accessories are truly one of a kind and I plan on doing all of my Christmas shopping at this site. Not only am I giving back, but I'm also finding beautifully made gifts for my family and friends this season!
Shopping for a Change provides one of those instances where you can be both a consumer and give at the same time. The products sold on their website help to support and empower communities. It's a pleasure to shop with them.
This summer, I had an amazing experience interning at Shopping for a Change. I learned so much about the operations of small businesses, the technical mechanics behind an online store, and how to market to customers effectively- skills that will definitely help me later on. As a high school student, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of responsibility that the founder and CEO trusted me with; and by taking on impactful and sometimes challenging tasks I was able to learn so much more.
The products on the site are carefully selected and must not only impress customers but also align with the nonprofit's ideals. While searching for potential artisan groups, Stacey always ensures that they handcraft their pieces in underdeveloped countries (where underemployment is widespread) under fair trade conditions. She also offers great prices, and each item is incredibly beautiful and unique. Rather than taking a salary for the hard work she puts in, she selflessly directs profits towards community improvement projects, most recently funding a new preschool in Bangladesh.
Whether you're looking to volunteer or shop, I would highly recommend Shopping for a Change!
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