The recent International Day of the Girlreally made us think about how empowering & educating women & girls can change the world! This year’s theme of “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030″ addresses the fact that adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, but also that “If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to CHANGE THE WORLD – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders.” Powerful words!
Studies show that when an educated girl or woman earns income, she reinvests 90% of it into her family. She prioritizes food, medicine, and education for her children. In one of our recent videos about The Leakey Collection’s early days, our founder Katy Leakey shared that even the Maasai men eventually acknowledged: “The women spend the money on the RIGHT THINGS. They put the kids in school. They buy the food.”
Mandy Moore wrote in ONE.org: “Each additional year of secondary school can increase a woman’s earnings by 10 to 20 percent, and that increase yields real profits for the countries they live in. When 10 percent more women in a country complete secondary education, the country’s annual per capita income grows by 3 percent. Investing in women and girls makes economic sense.”
We believe in this so firmly that not only is our mission to empower our female Maasai artisans through entrepreneurial ventures, but we are working to keep young adolescent rural girls, who tend to drop out of school before completing their primary education, on track toward graduation. A portion of the proceeds from each Beads for Girls Graduationbracelet is donated by The Leakey Collection to our Girls Graduation counseling program, as well as toward a girls’ scholarship fund.
The words “Fair Trade” mean so much more than just “feel-good words.”
As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, The Leakey Collection is fully committed to the principles listed above in all of our transactions. These principles were created by using the global principles of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) as their foundation.
Our Fair Trade Federation membership means we go beyond the fair trade basics. It’s a 360° approach that’s about building true partnerships with artisans and working to create positive change through all of our work. 360° fair trade means not only fair wages, but also long-term, holistic partnerships that empower artisans to grow their businesses. As an FTF member, we go through a rigorous screening that looks at our whole business. We call it 360° fair trade, meaning that we’re committed to being fair and responsible in everything we do — socially, economically, and environmentally. We practice 360° fair trade, which means we take a more holistic approach than only looking at wages and work conditions. We partner with artisans and make a long-term commitment to helping grow businesses and strengthen communities. We’re proud to practice 360° fair trade. We build true partnerships with producers and act responsibly in all of our work: socially, economically, and environmentally.
The month of October is Fair Trade Month. There are many options to buy fair trade products wherever you shop so make your purchases mindfully. “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want to live in.” Anna Lappe
“The Journey Is the Destination,” based on the critically acclaimed bestseller, is also the name of a film in production in South Africa, chronicling the life of photojournalist and creative activist, Dan Eldon. On July 12, 1993, Dan and three of his colleagues were beaten, clubbed and stoned to death by an angry mob in Mogadishu during a violent time of upheaval.
Growing up in Kenya, Dan became friends with Philip’s daughter, Lara, forging a long history of friendship and support between the Leakeys and the Eldons. “The Journey” features a talented cast, among them Ben Schnetzer as Dan and Ella Purnell as Dan’s sister Amy.Maria Bello, star of the 1990′s TV series “ER” and movies such as the recent “McFarland USA,” plays Dan’s mother, Kathy Eldon, a best-selling author and visionary in her own right. Los Angeles Confidential Magazine named Kathy one of Los Angeles’ Most Influential Female Power Duos with activist Maria Bello.
It is such fun to see Maria wearing Zulugrass on the set, along with actor Mika Basson, as Elinor Tatum who participated in the Student Transport Aid Safari that Dan led across Africa to deliver aid to a Refugee camp in Malawi.
You can follow the progress of this film right along with us hereorhere.We look forward to seeing this in theaters!
Celebrities and other attendees were given TLC’s purple “End Domestic Violence” Zulugrass bracelets as their entry into the event, as well as being included in the gift bags. We were grateful to see so many of them immediately adorn their wrist or neck with the purple strands to show their commitment to this cause. It was a fantastic night of coming together, supporting two at-risk groups, and getting the word out to help put an end to domestic violence!
We have just completed our summer lookbook and we’d love feedback from our wonderful community of fair-trade fashionistas! Our newest designs are inspired by warm waters, outdoor fun, and the bright colors of nature!
We invite you to enjoy our 90 second video Say Hello to Summer Lookbook. In addition, to celebrate this holiday weekend, we are offering 25% off our entire site. Discounts will be automatically taken upon check-out.
30 Ways, 30 People, 30 Days to spread awareness starting May 18th through June 18th. Each day will represent a new awesome person/organization and their way to spread love for the day. The 30 day challenge will be contingent on everyone completing their tasks. Our goal is to spread love in all corners of the world and raise $35,000 for suicide, depression, mental illness, and homelessness prevention.
Who is Deap in Love?:
DEAP in Love is an organization dedicated to offering support and hope to teens and adults struggling with depression, self-injury, and suicide. Our goal is to direct them to the support they need in order to make the necessary transformation in their lives. We offer a 24/7 online chat room with a certified suicide intervention coach. There is also an in-person support group available for those living in the Los Angeles area free of no charge as well as a virtual support group.
Let’s Do This!:
The Leakey Collection jumped on the opportunity to be involved with spreading love and empowering others. After all, this is the core of our mission statement. We’re handing out Zulugrass heart bracelets to complete strangers across the globe. From locations in Kenya, California, Connecticut and Nebraska, we hope to start a chain reaction of spreading love. You can read more about our company at www.leakeycollection.com.
We hope you too will get involved and spread love in your community!
“Zulugrass is as versatile as the individual who wears it” is one of our favorite mottos! As summer approaches, we thought you might like a little warm weather inspiration so here are some top Ways to Wear. Watch our Ways to Wear video for detailed instructions.
1) Summer is a great time to wear Zulugrass as an anklet.
2) Embrace the season’s boho style with this headband.
3) Have you tried Zulugrass as a hair tie?
4) Use a wood hoop as a bracelet extender or added feature with a large grouping of Zulugrass on your wrist. As a bonus tip, try a ZuluSport Bracelet as a ring.
5) Use several strands looped together as a belt.
6) Wear a single strand as a necklace extender.
7) Twisted into a cable necklace with a clasp makes a statement.
8) A grouping of Zulugrass is a fun way to dress up your hat.
9) Like your necklaces long? Try this lariat style.
10) Of course, you can wear multiples of Zulugrass as a long necklace by simply pulling over your head. It really dresses up a simple tank. Be bold!
We want to see YOUR Zulugirl style! Post your Zulugrass selfies on your Facebook and tag @The Leakey Collection or on Instagram with the hashtag #LeakeyLove. We may feature you in a style post, AND you will be eligible to win some #fairtradeswag.