We know about Tom’s and Warby Parker, offering a one for one formula with their products for those in need, but there are certainly other sustainable business models that can uplift and support communities around the globe. Looking at the accessories sector in particular, there are a handful of hot brands and organizations peddling incredibly well-crafted, high quality pieces out of Africa that also support the craftsmen directly through their existing businesses and trades. We’ve selected three of these companies, and their stories, found below, that will charm you, while the unique pieces will most definitely entice you!
Malkia, which means “queen” in Swahili, collaborates with artisans in Nairobi, Africa, working out of small workshops or their homes to create these handmade, impeccable pieces of jewelry with the beading itself being done by hand from women in the Maasai tribe. Only a year old, Malkia Style has already established that in addition to working with these artists, 10% of every sale is donated to CARE , which works to fight poverty and empower communities in Kenya. Jewelry materials area locally sourced, such as cow bone, cow leather, and brass, and as an added bonus, like Malkia on Facebook for 25% off your purchase!