Mami's Favorite Things: Maiden Nation

It’s #GivingTuesday and so my favorite thing is a way to be fashionable AND give back. What better combination, right? I adore finding causes that help those in need. I told you about Heart of Haiti earlier this year. Ya'll know how much I love them.

Well, Everywhere has now introduced me to Maiden Nation. So, I guess I have two favorite things on today’s post. One, I love Everywhere for taking this cause pro bono and two, I love Maiden Nation. Why you ask?

How cool is this concept:  Maiden designers are encouraged to showcase their work, Maiden activists to share their causes and Maiden citizens to connect over their ideas and goals.MN-logo-horizontal

The Chan Luu ‘Kiss Kiss Bracelet’ is created by members of the Hands Together Cooperative in Haiti. Being from the Dominican Republic, I have a very special place in my heart for my brothers and sisters on the other side of the island. Anything that supports their growth, I support.

The name Kiss Kiss was inspired by the customary Haitian greeting of giving a kiss on each cheek.  How cute is that?

Each purchase of a ‘Kiss Kiss Bracelet’ will help the survivors of the 2010 earthquake build a new life by supporting this new business. Maiden Nation is also proud to have a group of powerful allies.  More than $6 from the purchase price of each bracelet will be donated to J/P Haitian Relief Organization to support community development in Haiti.  It’s so good to hear of an organization that is still working hard to help the people of Haiti two years after the earthquake. I hope they feel that they are not forgotten.

Maiden Nation has created a marketplace where items are designed with both beauty and social consciousness in mind, and profits are reinvested into women’s entrepreneurship projects.  The marketplace features ethically sourced jewelry from “of-the-moment” women designers all over the world, including Rwanda, Argentina, Poland, South Africa, Ethiopia, Colombia, Kenya, and the United States.

This is why Maiden Nation is one of my favorite things. Now, who wants a Kiss Kiss bracelet?

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Disclosure: I was given a Kiss Kiss bracelet to test my love for all artisan things. And I passed. All opinions, feelings and heartfelt need to help the women of Haiti are purely my own.

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