We’re excited to announce our partnership with SAME SKY Jewelry, a trade-not-aid initiative that provides employment to women in Africa living with HIV/AIDs. Additionally, SAME SKY has started a pilot program in the US that gives employment to women just released fom prison. SAME SKY’s mission is to give these women artisans the tools to lift themselves out of poverty and lead self-sustaining lives.
SAME SKY trains women in jewelry making and provides them a platform for the sale and distribution of their jewelry. Here's a great video clip of the artisans discussing the value of their work:
Artisans earn 15-20 times the average wage in Sub-Saharan Africa and 100% of net proceeds are reinvested to train and employ more artisans in need. The sale of one SAME SKY bracelet provides the artist with one year of health care. Now that's a cause we can get behind!
To learn more about SAME SKY and their amazing work, visit http://www.samesky.com/pages/about-us
As always, Shine Bright!