When sleeping women wake, mountains will move. ~Chinese Proverb

Fathers Who are Changing the World

  • Posted on: 12 June 2013
  • By: Buy the change

Here at Buy The Change, it is our passion and mission to support women worldwide. With Father’s Day approaching (June 16th) we think it is the perfect opportunity to switch gears and to give credit to all the amazing Fathers who: Love, Protect, Guide, Teach, Cherish, Adore, Inspire, Encourage, and Engage their daughters. We especially want to recognize the Fathers in developing countries who are breaking down gender stereotypes & inequalities by actively and positively participating in their daughter’s lives. These are: Fathers in India, who participate in CARE’s Essential Package for Child Development, which focuses on health, nutrition and cognitive development of the child and improving the livelihoods of families. These fathers participate in monthly reflective meetings to improve their parenting knowledge and skills....

Breaking the Bonds of Slavery – The Nepal Youth Foundation

  • Posted on: 30 May 2013
  • By: Buy the change

The Buy The Change Foundation, which is a registered non-profit, was founded to support international woman-centric organizations through grant-giving. A different organization is chosen each year to be the grant recipient. For 2013, The Nepal Youth Foundation - Indentured Daughters Program is the beneficiary of the Buy The Change Foundation.

Fair Trade Resources for Conscious Consumerism

  • Posted on: 21 May 2013
  • By: Buy the change

We wanted to respond to a fantastic question we received in regards to our blog post on the Bangladesh incident and fair trade. Kelsy asked:

I just have no idea: how do you know which garments are "fair trade" and which are manufactured at a safe factory? If a sweater from Banana Republic says, "Made in Bangladesh" (or anywhere), how do I know if that particular one was made responsibly? It seems retailers get their clothing from various places, and probably are changing season to season as well. Maybe you could send a follow-up email on how/where to educate ourselves on this. With thousands of factories, it seems like it would be very difficult to know, but maybe there is an easy way? Or should we assume that none of the major retailers care about fair trade? Thanks for educating us!

As we've said before, we believe that fair trade principles ensure a good, living wage is given and that no exploitation occurs. When you make a fairly traded purchase, you are supporting farmers and artisans in the developing world and their communities. Your purchase contributes to improved healthcare, education, empowerment (especially for women), as well as minimizing negative environmental impacts of commerce.

A Few of Our Favorite Things

  • Posted on: 8 May 2013
  • By: Buy the change

Today we wanted to feature some of our favorite, one-of-a-kind, fair trade, artisan items (jewelry, accessories, health & beauty, home décor) which are all available on our website.

Conscious Consumerism – Take a Stand Against Unsafe Working Conditions

  • Posted on: 1 May 2013
  • By: Buy the change

You may have heard about the tragedy in Bangladesh where an eight-story building collapsed last Wednesday. The building housed five garment factories that make clothing for American & European consumers and contained approximately 2500 workers. In addition, there was a bank and 300 shops. The bank employees were told to leave due to the unsafe conditions, and many of the shop workers were on strike, so they were spared. However, the garment laborers were not allowed to leave. They were told to continue working and that everything was fine.