Monday, November 1, 2010

Do you like to help people AND get quality products? is where you need to be! Please check out this blog post and become part of the solution. Thank You!

Please take the time to read this short article of support for and view the accompanying video below.  I believe this represents the best way for the world's poor to begin to lift themselves out of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency.

""Indego stands for "independence, development, governance", and Indego Africa is fighting systemic poverty by giving women a chance at all three. By facilitating access to export markets, Indego is creating opportunities for African women in low-income communities to provide their families' basic needs, and to acquire the education and skills that enable long-term earning potential....Profits are invested back into the artistic cooperatives who produce goods -- like the Couture de Kicukiro Cooperative who made my Nicole Miller bangle (see video below), or the Ingenzi Knit Union who fashions scarves sold nationwide at high-end retailer Anthropologie. Woven into the artisans success is another crucial change in the status-quo: challenging the world of Fair Trade to keep up with Indego's tenaciously business-minded approach to social change. "What that means to us," explains CFO Conor French, "Is that we take an outcome-based approach and focus on core principles like good governance, accountability, and sustainability....So what makes Indego so unique?
A focus on the long-term earning potential of every woman, "so that future income can be generated without our assistance," explains French. "The bottom line is that our artisan partners need to raise their families standard of living now, but also need access to educational pathways that move them toward sustainable, economic independence in the future....Since 2007, Indego's operations have engaged over 200 Rwandan women, benefited over 800 of their dependents, and stimulated more than $50,000 in product sales revenue. Indego's 2009 Social Impact Assessmentreveals a 336 percent increase in the number of women earning more than $1 per day, a 96 percent increase in households eating at least twice a day, a 17 percent increase in the number of women reporting that some or all of their children attend school, and a 42 percent reduction in the number of women with no permanent residence....""

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