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Five Designer Brands That Are Helping Women Rise

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, March 8th, we’ll like to highlight  five brands that are using the power of commerce  and design to uplift marginalized women. They are doing this by bringing beautifully crafted, one of a kind products to the  global markets, handmade by female artisans from the developing world.  These brands are using trade instead of aid to help women beat  poverty. 31 Bits: A jewelry company that works with women artisans from Northern Uganda. The female artisans handicraft  the jewelry  using 100% recycled paper and other locally sourced materials. The California-based  31 Bits, has created a buzz around their jewelry collection, with Jessica Alba and few other celebrities being spotted wearing their stunningly beautiful pieces. Bliss: Works with adolescents girls and women from Pakistan, teaching them embroidery and needlework on fabric, which are then finished into stylish  handbags for sale in global markets. Available in vibrant colors and hues, Bliss bags boasts of traditional embroidery and design from different regions of Pakistan, which the girls in the program design and …

Bags for Bliss : Creating Literacy and Livelihood in Pakistan

Many adolescent girls in South Asia are forced to choose work over school to support their families that live below the poverty line. This means, at the age of 10 or 12, they drop out of school to work. Since they cant get an education, they are forced to continue working throughout their lives as laborers, making just enough money to survive. BLISS (Business and Life Skills School) is a social enterprise based out of Pakistan and the USA and offers business, vocational and literacy classes, providing participants with training to launch their own micro-enterprises. The profits of this social enterprise fund education and provide savings for the community, breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. BLISS works with adolescent girls, children of Afghan refugees who have crossed over the border into Pakistan. There are over 30,000 Afghan laborers in Attock, Pakistan and over a million in total throughout the country. Bringing Girls to School The refugee girls currently earn $1 to $1.5 per day while working 14 hours per day weaving carpets. In order …