Shopping for a Cause

A few years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the Noonday Collection.  It's a line of accessories that is sold through direct sales across the country.   What is unique about Noonday and, what I loved about it the instant I heard about it, is the purpose behind the business.  Noonday Collection's mission is to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable.  Noonday partners with artisans in 10 countries in the developing world, empowering them to grow sustainable businesses. By creating a marketplace for these goods,  Noonday helps create dignified jobs at living wages.    Because of this partnership, artisans in developing nations have not only been able to rise out of poverty, but some are now even employing others in their community, building viable and sustainable businesses.

By allowing artisans  to earn a living wage, Noonday has empowered many of these people to keep their families together when their circumstances might otherwise not allow them to do so.  Sadly, families in developing nations often cannot afford to raise their children and must give them up for adoption.  Tragically, many of these families are not told the full story behind the adoptions and the children end up in even more unfortunate circumstances.  Noonday allows these families to earn a fair wage so they can stay together as a family. 

Recently a friend of mine, Jennifer Powell decided to become an Ambassador for the Noonday Collection.  The unique part of Jennifer's story is that, in addition to the charitable purpose of Noonday as described above, Jennifer intends to donate all of her personal proceeds to deserving local charities.  Specifically, Jennifer's proceeds from every Noonday party will be donated to the local charity selected by the hostess of each party.  In effect, every sale that Jennifer makes with the Noonday Collection benefits charitable causes locally and in the developing world.

I am so excited about the charitable purpose of Noonday and about Jennifer's desire to support local charities that I almost forgot to tell you about the actual product.  The accessories that the artisans for Noonday have developed are beautiful!  I honestly love so many of the Noonday pieces.  You can check out the whole collection on Jennifer's website, but below, I've shared a few of my favorites.

If you have a local charity that is important to you, or even if you know of a child who needs to earn money to go on a mission trip or a family with an urgent expense they need covered, contact Jennifer and you can host a Noonday party.   Jennifer will donate all of her proceeds to that cause.  So not only are the people who purchase the Noonday pieces from Jennifer supporting economies in developing countries, they will also be supporting a local charity.  I am so proud of Jennifer and all she is doing in this mission!  Please join me in helping her raise money for these worthy causes.

 Beaded Statement Bracelet.  Made in Uganda.

Beaded Statement Bracelet.  Made in Uganda.

I love all the colors in this bracelet.  It's goes with practically everything.  It's even a great way to add life to jeans and a tee shirt.

 Funky Paper Bead Bracelet.  Made in Uganda.

Funky Paper Bead Bracelet.  Made in Uganda.

This is a smaller version of the statement bracelet.  It's a great gift for kids.  It's $12 and a prefect stocking stuffer.  What better way to teach your kids about developing countries and what we can do to empower the people there.


 La Noche Bracelet.  Made in Guatemala.

La Noche Bracelet.  Made in Guatemala.

 I love all the details on it and think it's great dressy or casual.

 

 

 Rushing Waters Necklace.  Made in Ethiopia.

Rushing Waters Necklace.  Made in Ethiopia.

Now this is a statement necklace!!    The colors are soft so it can be worn with so many things.  Pair it with a white shirt or even your little black dress and you are set!

 

 Water Drop Prism Earrings.  Made in India.

Water Drop Prism Earrings.  Made in India.

I love these because they are a great size!  Again, I think these can be worn casual or dressy.  Do you see a trend here?  I'm always looking for pieces that are versatile. 

 Bright Stripes arm warmers.  Made in Peru.

Bright Stripes arm warmers.  Made in Peru.

I love these and am showing them as leg warmers because you can wear them that way too.   Very versatile! I think they look so cute with boots!  It's a great way to add a little color to your look.

 Bethe rope necklace.  Made in Ethiopia. 

Bethe rope necklace.  Made in Ethiopia. 

This is such a versatile necklace.  It has gold and silver in it.  You can double or triple it.  It's a great piece to layer with other necklaces.  This is a piece you will have in your wardrobe forever and can wear it with so many other necklaces always giving it a different look. 

 Angelica Infinity Scarf.  Made in Guatemala.

Angelica Infinity Scarf.  Made in Guatemala.

Lastly, I wanted to share this scarf.  The colors are fabulous.  You can look stylish and keep warm at the same time!

I hope you will take the time to check out the Noonday Collection.  There are so many stylish pieces.  Not only are you supporting developing countries but you will be helping a local charity too.   If you are interested in hosting a fundraising show contact Jennifer Powell.  She is launching her business on Friday, November 21 with an open house from 9-6.  All of the proceeds from this first sale will go to the Winston-Salem Street School.  The Winston-Salem Street School is a private alternative high school based on Christian principles that provides at-risk youth an opportunity to complete their high school education.   If you are interested in stopping by, email Jennifer.  Support Noonday and the Winston-Salem Street School.  It's a great way to get a head start on your Christmas shopping!