Sunday, November 30

Jewelry that Makes a Difference {And Link Up!}

Happy Monday! Thanks for being here for Make A Difference Mondays, a place to get intentional about starting our week focused on the positive as well as put our heads together to dream up ways we can make a difference in this world! Julie, Kristin, and I are excited to be filling in for the next couple months as co-hosts for MADM!

Necklace from ViBella
This past October my sister Kristin and I had the privilege of attending Allume, a blogging
conference in South Carolina. Among the amazing speakers and sessions were some incredible organizations that work to better the lives of people around the world. Three of these organizations sell jewelry made by women and men around the world, offering a fair wage to people who would otherwise be living in poverty and providing the opportunity for them to support their families.

We were so blessed and encouraged by each of these organizations (and bought jewelry from all of them!) that we wanted to share each of these companies with you, our reader, in their own words.


  • ViBella Jewelry: "At the heart of our mission, Vi Bella impacts the lives of at-risk women in Haiti, Mexico, and the United States by providing them jobs which pay good wages in safe, encouraging work environments. These women serve as our artisans and inspiration. Our Vi Bella artisans “up-cycle” discarded plastic and glass bottles, metal bottle caps and paper, transforming them into unique, handmade jewelry that is truly a work of art. We then invest all of our profit back into the artisans’ communities, which brings the transformation full circle."
Our Christmas picture this year with my necklace from
Work of Worth!
  • Work of Worth: "Work of Worth is an organization dedicated to utilizing the power of commerce to free the oppressed throughout the world. WoW exists primarily as an import and distribution company, for the purpose of connecting entrepreneurs and businesses in the developing world to the Western market. WoW implements a vetting process to ensure that each of their partners model Work of Worth’s standard of ethical treatment of their employees."
  • Noonday: "Noonday Collection's mission is to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable. We partner with artisans in the developing world, empowering them to grow sustainable businesses. By creating a marketplace for their goods, we create dignified jobs at living wages." 

Bracelet from Noonday
Each one of these companies exists to better the lives of the workers and artisans who create these lovely pieces. Your purchase not only provides you with something beautiful for yourself (or as a gift for someone else!) but you can feel GOOD that you are helping to make a difference in the lives of those who create and sell these products.

Make A Difference Mondays is a weekly linkup designed to encourage and inspire us to live each day on purpose by making a meaningful difference in someone’s life in even the smallest of ways. Five women regularly co-host this link-up and will appear on all five of our blogs along with three wonderful co-hosts who fill in as guest hosts on the occasional day that a regular co-host is not able to post. Read on to learn more about our vision, mission, and how to link up!


Mission
Our mission is to provide a consistent gathering place for like-minded women to build online connections, share inspiration, and provide mutual encouragement and accountability as we seek to live intentionally and make a difference in the lives of those around us.


Vision
Every Monday we will invite bloggers to link up any blog post that encourages women to live life on purpose. This could include testimonies or goals from your own life, small acts of kindness or service, creative tips or ideas for showing consideration to others — the possibilities are endless. Our objective is to use our God-given time and resources to His glory!


Also, just a heads-up: the Make A Difference Mondays team has created two fun new ways to keep us all connected! Now we have our own Facebook community group to stay in touch beyond the blog posts AND we also have a new #MADMlinkup group Pinterest board and we will be pinning our favorite posts from the linkup that inspire and encourage us to make a difference. We are so grateful for you and would love for all of you to join us for fellowship in the above linked community group and you can follow the Pinterest board right here to watch for your posts:



Be sure to grab the sparkly image above or grab the same image in the square version from the sidebar for your posts and/or include a link back here within your posts. Any on-topic posts are welcomed, no matter how old and no matter how many!






4 comments :

  1. I love this jewelry too. I was at Allume too. I wanted to have a party for them, but it did not work out. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mary, what a small world! We loved Allume, so many great organizations highlighted there :)

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  2. So neat! I hope and pray to join you at Allume someday! I love that you were able to interact with companies like these and purchase with such great purpose there! Love your blue necklace too : )

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    1. That would be awesome Sybil! Would love to meet you in person :)

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