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Help break the cycle of poverty with Raven & Lily

 

Raven and Lily LogoI love to shop and by myself and my family pretty things. I like to look for things that are unique. I’m not one to follow trends and rushes out to buy the “must have” items. When I shop I look for things that “speak” to me – things that have something unique and different about them.

I especially like to buy things that I know will help benefit others. To me it’s a win-win situation – I get something beautiful and someone else benefits from my purchase.

I learned about a company called Raven & Lily. I watched a brief video about their story and what they are doing to help women around the world break the vicious cycle of poverty. I really like what they are doing to help women learn a trade and help provide for their families.

Check out the video for yourself.

 

Raven + Lily currently helps employ marginalized women in Ethiopia, India, Cambodia and the United States at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, healthcare, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Every product from Raven + Lily is handmade, fair trade and eco-friendly.

The products sold by Raven & Lily are all handmade using locally available materials.

Raven & Lily employ women in Ethiopia, Cambodia, Northern India and even here in the Untied States. They pay fair trade wages and provide the women with sustainable income, a safe place to work, healthcare and education. Combined these help these women to break away from the poverty cycle and hopefully keep their families out of poverty.

When you purchase from Raven & Lily you are providing a woman the opportunity to better their lives and the lives of their families. In essence purchasing from Raven & Lily is like a purchase that “gives back”.

Raven & Lily sent me one of their clutches to try out for myself and to see first hand the beautiful work these women are doing.

Raven & Lily Wristlet 2

I received to review the Nimol Bronze Mountain Wristlet. I like small clutches/wristlets compared to bigger totes for my day to day shopping. I don’t always need a bit tote or bag when I am running errands. Sometimes I prefer to use something smaller.

The wristlet measures 8″ x 5.5″. It’s the perfect size for my wallet and cellphone or wallet and car keys.

According to do products description;

The Nimol Bronze Mountain Wristlet is a simple pouch of printed mountains on hand-loomed cotton is slung from a leather strap – perfect for when you embrace your inner minimalist and strip down to your bare essentials for your take-alongs!

The eco-friendly wristlet is hand-printed in Cambodia are made with hand-loomed, natural-dyed and remnant materials.

The wristlets are made by “at-risk” women, which means women who are at risk of being in poverty or other welfare threatening situations.

My camera is broken and all I have is my cellphone which doesn’t take good pictures. I am using photos from the Raven & Lily site because they are much nicer looking. The wristlet is prettier in person.

Raven & Lily has variety of clutches and bags. They even have a tote that matches my wristlet.

In addition, Raven & Lily carries gorgeous jewelry, scarves, clothing, home décor and more. Each product they sell is handmade and benefits the women that work for Raven & Lily around the world. I love their jewelry collection.

I am more likely to become a repeat customer if I know that my purchases are helping others. I also like that the products fro Raven & Lily are handmade, which makes them unique, and eco-friendly.

If you would like to learn more about Raven & Lily, or to check out the lovely items they have available for purchase, visit www.RavenandLily.com. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (social media links are found at the top left side of their website).

What do you think about Raven & Lily and the work that they are doing? Do any of their products catch your eye?

Raven and Lily Jewelry

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.