Upstairs on 7th sells clothing by exclusive designers, accessories and jewelry---and every month, selects a non-profit in the Washington DC area to receive a portion of their sales. They also collect in-kind and monetary donations for that group. If you know an organization that benefits women and children, suggest it to Ricki Peltzman, the owner!
|Laxmi Nakarmi, is the proprietor of Sisters’ Creations, Perfect Corn-Husk
Handicraft in Kathmandu. She was trained by Swati in Kathmandu, which is featured in Women Who Light the Dark’s Nepal chapter, and is a creative entrepreneur
whose product line includes dolls, key chain fobs and Christmas tree ornaments--in fact, almost anything you would like her to design from this eco-conscious material.
nonprofit organizations market everything from purses to pillowcases
covered with folkloric Indian embroidery created by traditionalcraftswomen
in Gujarat, a state plagued by poverty, floods and droughts.
Self Employed Women’s Association, India’s
largest trade union (all members are women) operates a bank run
by and for women, trains women artisans, provides healthcare,
childcare and education. Crafts are sold via two outlets: Kutchcraft
(115 artisan groups) and Banascraft (10,000
which provides work to 3,500 women from 100 villages, has trained
18,000 embroiderers since 1969. The organization’s Design
Center on Wheels, makes training more available
to dessert women.
*The Kala Raksha Trust,
founded in 1993, is dedicated to preserving traditional arts.
Women artisans benefit from the Trust’s Resource Center
and Museum, marketing, healthcare and education
on line at iGive and
they will donate a percentage of your purchase to your favorite
charity. More than 500 retailers participate, including Amazon,
Gap, eBay, FTD, Good Guys, Hallmark, Lane Bryant, Horchow, JC
Penney, Macy’s. Office Depot, and others like AOL, United
Airlines, The New York Times.
Abaya. Gauzy, long coats like the ones Paola wears
for many of her public appearances are created by Anat, a local women’s embroidery group in Damascus, Syria and marketed by the nonprofit
Eos Group, an affiliate of UNESCO’s Global Alliance for
In Her Shoes. The profits from this boutique go to
the Global Fund for Women. Shop for shoes from
ballet flats to boots (priced from $30 to $300 a pair),
bags and belts—or treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure.