When Philanthropy and Fashion Unite …

Courtesy, Harper's Bazaar

Courtesy, Harper’s Bazaar

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the achievement of women. This year the theme was accelerating gender parity. In honor of the day, Harper’s Bazaar highlighted 12 fashion brands that support women around the world by combining philanthropy and fashion. Here are just three of the brands and the remarkable stories – be inspired …

Akola Project: A verb, meaning, “she works.” Says founder Brittany Merrill Underwood, “Here at Akola we are trying to create a product line that is both made by but also fully benefits marginalized women in war torn regions in Northern Uganda, women in Eastern Uganda who have experienced the HIV-Aids epidemic, and women in Dallas who have been sexually trafficked.”

FashionAble: “To be clear, FASHIONABLE is not a charitable model of business. We believe that generational poverty is interrupted when people can provide for themselves. We believe that social businesses whose aim is to alleviate poverty should use their business skills to create job opportunities for the poor, not give them more charity. What we seek to ‘give’ to those living in poverty is opportunity by purchasing goods from them, and helping those businesses grow and employ more.”

Rallier: Founder Olivia Rose Fay, was inspired after see the documentary Girl Rising: “Research led me to a study in Kenya, which found that giving school uniforms to students who did not previously own one reduced school absenteeism by 64%. Even in cases without the requirement, schoolgirls likely wouldn’t go to school if they didn’t have a school uniform. I think we can all relate to the influence that clothing has on where and how we decide to show up. So, three years later, RALLIER is launching and for every dress sold, school uniforms are sourced from regions plagued by gender inequality and given to local schoolgirls.”



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