It’s that time of year! Every year I update my list of ways you can support women around the world with your Christmas shopping. I’ve used a few of these websites for my Christmas shopping over the years (and as gift requests for myself), and I hope this list will inspire you to do the same!
I have a great passion for people around the world who have been harmed by human trafficking, especially women. It is very easy for women in poor or war-torn countries (and even in affluent countries like the United States) to fall through the cracks and be forced into slave labor.
One of the most important ways we can help prevent human trafficking and provide an escape for those who have already suffered through it is by supporting these women’s new businesses. In this post, I’ve collected some of the websites that (to the best of my knowledge) sell products that are created by women around the world and give the profits back to the women to provide for their families and support the growth of their small businesses. I’m not affiliated in any way with any of these websites; I just want to support these awesome women!
If you’re looking to do some Christmas shopping, start with these websites. I will update this post over the next month with any sales or special offers, in case you’re a deal shopper like me–none of these discounts will cause less money to be given to the women creating the products. I’ve also included some of my favorite organizations that promote justice and healing for victims of human trafficking or protect women’s rights, in case you’d just like to donate.
Buy your Christmas presents here and support women who are making a better life for themselves and their families:
This company specializes in Punjammies, which are super comfortable, beautiful lounge pants. All their clothing is made by women in India who have escaped sex slavery. (I got a pair of these for Christmas two years ago, and still I wear them almost every day when I get home from work. They are so comfortable and cute, and they have pockets!)
Preemptive Love Coalition
I absolutely love this company! They sell soaps (for men and women) that are made by refugees who fled from ISIS. This business helps them rebuild their lives and support themselves in a new country. (Order soon if you want to give these as Christmas gifts–the soaps ship from the Middle East.)
A blogger that I follow takes gorgeous photos and turns them into prints, postcards, calendars, and notecards. 100% of the profits are donated to The Wellhouse, a ministry that provides support to victims of human trafficking in Alabama.
Her Future Coalition
This jewelry, formerly sold as Made By Survivors, is made and sold by survivors of human trafficking. These women and children are given counseling, education, and vocational training to help them create a new way of life.
Better Life Bags
Custom or ready-to-purchase bags. These bags are handmade by women in Detroit, mostly first-generation immigrants, who are unable to find jobs elsewhere.
Ten Thousand Villages
Jewelry, kitchen items, and home accents. The items are made and sold by artisans in Egypt, India, and many other countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
This lingerie company employs mostly single mothers or female heads of household in the United States and pays them above-market wages and benefits. The company also employs women in the slums of Colombia and helps them receive the education they need.
This program trains women in five different African nations to sew and manage their finances, and allows them to sell their handicrafts on this website.
Global Goods Partners
Jewelry, accessories, gifts, home items, and toys. These products are handmade by women in South America, Asia, and Africa.
Gorgeous jewelry and accessories, made by at-risk women in Nepal.
These hilarious cards are made by women who escaped sex trafficking in the Philippines and by young adult orphans in Rwanda. I’d love to receive one of these cards for Christmas/birthday/no particular reason, and I bet you know someone who would like them, too.
Beautiful, handmade bags, blankets, and clothing made from upcycled saris. These are made by Indian women who were rescued from the sex trade. (I recently purchased one of these bags, and it is lovely! It’s colorful and fun and sturdy enough for me to take to work every day.)
Handbags, wallets, and accessories. Cambodia is a dangerous place for women, and these items are made by Cambodian women who are at risk. The company also donates some of its profits to anti-trafficking organizations.
These T-shirts, hoodies, and accessories are ethically sourced and environmentally friendly. At least 10% of of proceeds go toward organizations that care for victims of human trafficking, and the company also helps provide jobs for these women.
This residential program helps women in the United States who have been victims of trafficking, prostitution, or addiction. They produce lotions, soaps, candles, lip balm, and other bath and body products.
Women’s Peace Coalition
Jewelry, accessories, and home accents made by female artisans around the world. The Coalition supports women’s business enterprises in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Haiti.
This candle company employs female refugees in North America and Haiti. The hand-poured candles give these women a chance to create a new life in the U.S.
Jewelry, clothing, kitchen, decor, chocolates, and snacks. This retailer’s artisans come from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and even the United States. (I have previously purchased Christmas gifts on this website, and they were beautiful! I was very pleased with the quality and variety of gifts on this site.)
Clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts, and more. Products are made by women, and profits go to help send a girl to school (not a given in many places around the world).
This program helps around 500 Indian women learn to produce women’s clothing and manage their own business. Their items include dresses, skirts, tops, jackets, pants, and more.
If you love subscription boxes (me too!) and want to be continually informed about amazing companies that are run by or support women in need around the world, this is for you. (One of these days, I’ll get one myself!)
If you absolutely must do some shopping through Amazon (I get it), don’t forget to shop through Amazon Smile. They will donate a small percentage of your purchase to the charity of your choice.
If you just want to donate:
International Rescue Committee
I’m always looking for a way to help refugees–they are such a vulnerable population, and the refugee crisis isn’t going away anytime soon. IRC works to help refugees restart their lives, providing food, water, shelter, and education to those who need it. (IRC has replaced my former favorite, UNHCR, because a higher percentage of the money they receive goes directly to funding their programs rather than toward other costs.) You can help too by donating here.
International Justice Mission
IJM is an organization that I support as often as I can. IJM employs lawyers, case workers, counselors, after care workers, and other professionals in countries around the world in order to fight human trafficking, forced labor, denied citizenship for certain people groups, and many other types of injustice. They work hard to rescue those who are enslaved, and they also work to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Invisible Girl Project
Millions of girls in India and China are never given a chance to live because of the prevalence of gendercide and infanticide, and many more are trafficked because of the dearth of females in these cultures. Give girls a chance by donating here.
(P.S. I loved this similar list by Sarah Bessey on gifts to empower women. She has listed some of the same companies that I love, as well as some I’ve never heard of.)
I hope this list inspires you to support women who are daring to make something good out of their lives! Do you have any other ways that you fight human trafficking or support women around the world?