BeadforLife sells fair trade jewelry, beads, and skin products made by women in Uganda and uses the profits to help the Ugandan women grow sustainable businesses and rise out of poverty. You can donate directly to their organization, purchase products online, or host a BeadforLife party.
Gambia HELP, or the Gambia Health Education Liaison Project, has a mission to “enable communities in Gambia to protect, conserve and improve their own health, the health of their community, and their natural environment. By providing books, educational opportunities, seed money, and human resources, GambiaHELP enables communities in Gambia to build a sustainable economy and environment.” You can purchase fair trade products, such as crocheted purses, through their website.
Women for Women International has the following mission: “In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.” Similar to Heifer International, Women for Women International allows you to purchase (in someone else’s name, if you so choose) various products – from farm animals, to trainings, to bicycles – that empower the women working with their program. They have already helped over 400,000 women worldwide.