The Social Enterprise Top Ten Holiday Wish List

The holidays are around the corner and I've got the goods!Lately, I've become a walking social enterprise I wanted to give a shout out to some of my favorite giftable treasures for every budget. Whether you spend $5 or $300, you're sure to find that perfect unique gift. Here's a Holiday Wish List of specially curated products from around the world.When you buy these socially responsibly made products, the profits go directly back to the artisans who have made them. This isn't charity, but a way to empower people to lift themselves out of poverty. These truly are the gifts that keep on giving. So make your list and check it twice! Happy Holidays!

1. KORA Designs

Amy Walker and Maxandra Short's line is handmade by local artisans in Kenya, Ghana & Rwanda. I've known Amy since we lived in Kigali back in 2008 and it's been fantastic to see Kora grow over the past few years.

I love and wear my KORA recycled Ankole cowhorn bangles (3 for $150) and Cream Quad Row Cuff($230) with recycled brass details all the time!

2. Indego Africa

Ben Stone, Conor French and Deirdre McGuigan and the rest of the Indego Africa team have been as busy as elves lately.

Check out Indego's new brightly colored, swampgrass bracelets ($20) and woven banana leaf bangles ($10) made from recycled materials by women artisan co-ops in Rwanda. I just put in my order for the stack!

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Elizabeth Suda's new social enterprise accessory line out of Laos is da bomb! Literally! PeaceBOMB bracelets ($50) are made out of melted bombs with special details and inscriptions on each one. Elizabeth worked as a merchandiser for Coach for 2 years before she set off to Laos back in 2009.

Her smartly designed line of jewelry, bags and clutches are exploding onto the scene at these fine stores: Shop Laltitude, The New Museum, The International Center for Photography and Arcadia Boutique.

4. Raven and Lily

The Raven & Lily team (Kirsten Dickerson, Sophia Hirokawa Lin and Lori Fox) works with women artisans in Ethiopia who melt weapons into stunning jewelry. How incredible is this for conflict resolution?!

I own the Azana Long Charm necklace ($112) featured above and it is one of my favorite pieces. The Malam braided bracelet($48) is pretty spectacular too.

5. The Andean Collection

Founder, Amanda Judge, started working with artisans in Ecuador back in 2008. They use all local and natural materials in their jewelry, from açai, huayruro, jaboncillo, pambil to tagua. You can find their products at Anthropology.

Bookmark their lightweight, Infinity scarves ($58), Mariposa necklace ($78) made from coconut shells and tagua and their felt Lola Hat($68). I've just seen their new lookbook for spring and I'm hoping to get first dibs!

6. The IOU Project

The IOU Project is a new, innovative, prosperity chain initiative in India, redefining the production and commercialization processes in fashion. They create total transparency in the supply chain by directly linking the artisan, manufacturer and consumer. Founders, Kavita Parmar, Enrique Posner and Iñigo Puente are building a platform upon which a social network could be constructed to act as an empowered and socially engaged salesforce.

My IOU Project Men's Real Madras Blazer ($169) is one of my wardrobe staples! Check out all the fabulous products and meet the person who made them through their website! The Vegetable Wash Skinny Jean($85) is on my wish list this holiday.

7. Mercado Global

Having just spent a week down in Guatemala with Mercado Global, I was able to see first-hand their design and development process. Co-founder, Ruth Degolia, started MG out of her Yale dormroom in 2004 and now works with over 500 women artisans in the Lake Atitlan region.

My brocade & leather trim Weekender Travel bag ($225) is perfect for getaways to the beach or a visit to the parents' house for the holidays. The contrast Guatemalan textile lining is a nice surprise detail when you open the bag. Love the dip dye pillows($50)! They'll be a perfect fit on my daybed. I just got my hands on a new dip dyed clutch which I will be rockin' this spring!

8. Krochet Kids

As the winter chill sets in, stay warm and stylish in Krochet Kids' alpaca/acrylic hats made by artisans in Peru! Each hat is personally signed by the person who made it just for you. Co-Founder, Kohl Crecelius, started KK with two of his best high school friends from Spokane, Washington. They currently work with over 100 people in Northern Uganda and have just recently expanded into Peru.

The Eisley ($29.95), The Riley ($25.95), and The Hodge Podge ($32.95) Buy a hat. Change a life.

9. Dutzi Designs

Ariane Dutzi launched her social enterprise in the Yucatan region of Mexico with Mayan craftspeople. Her mission: create beauty + create jobs = create happiness...while preserving the environment and culture.

Her burlap, leather & tropical wood clutches($280) are awesome!

Your office mates will love you and think of you everyday as they drink their cup of joe. The L.I.F.E Jacket ($5) is handmade in Kenya by a special group of women. This reusable coffee sleeve provides them the opportunity to earn an income for their families, provide an education for their children, and create an eco-friendly product. Available at Whole Foods. This is the perfect Stocking Stuffer or Secret Santa gift.

Founder, Zane Wilemon, has been creating holistic and sustainable change in a village called Maai Mahiu, Kenya since 2000. Their L.I.F.E. totes bags ($12)are also made there. I love my HOPE Campaign bag!

Didn't get everything you wanted in your stocking this year? Not to worry! The Supply Changecreated exciting new partnerships between some of these social enterprises and American brands you know and love. Look for new products in 2012.

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