Akiiki Scarf c/o 1000 Shillings
BP White Long Sleeve Shirt
Lulu*s White Zip up Dress
Loopsway Fleece Lined Leggings $5.99
Chelsea Crew Booties 50% off!
See this beautiful blue and white scarf I'm wearing in the photos above? It was handmade by Handijjah, a mother of four who lives in Namatala and is able to own her own small business through the wonderful people who started 1000 Shillings.
What is 1000 Shillings?
1000 Shillings gives each woman a microgrant in exchange for a product they make that is sold on our website. Each woman then takes that grant and starts their own business that is sustainable in their home country with the help of dedicated business mentors. The goal of 1000 Shillings is to give these ambitious women the opportunity they need to become self sufficient and independent and support themselves and their families.
There's just something so special and meaningful about shopping small and actually getting to KNOW the person who has made something for you whether it be an article of clothing, food locally grown, a piece of art. Most of these women in Uganda don't need much money to survive (Handijjah only needs $2.70 a day to feed her family of six). I know I can get a pretty scarf elsewhere for a fraction of the cost but I also know that buying one scarf elsewhere wouldn't help someone near as much as buying a scarf through 1,000 Shillings.
You can read more about Hadijjah and the other amazing women here and learn more about why I have chosen to return a few of my previously purchased Christmas gifts this year and exchange them for handmade gifts from small shops.
1,000 Shillings is giving one lucky Dearest Lou reader a chance to win an Akiiki scarf!
To enter, simply visit 1000 Shillings and fill the rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway is open to all Dearest Lou readers now through December 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be contacted via email shortly after. Winner will have one week from the time I send the email to claim prize before another winner is selected at random and notified. Once winner claims prize it will be announced here on rafflecopter widget. Thanks friends and good luck!
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