I’m sure that you remember the gorgeous fashionABLE scarves in the Documama holiday gifts that give back guide. Each style is more beautiful than the next, but the best part is that each scarf also helps to employ a woman working towards a better life for herself and her family in Ethiopia. A few months ago in December and January there was a ONE | fashionABLE | ALT challenge / contest held where the Alt community was challenged to design a scarf to be voted on by conference attendees. The scarf was then handmade in Ethiopia for an exclusive ONE | fashionABLE Mother’s Day Scarf. The Altitude Summit Community meets up for an annual conference in Utah geared towards design-oriented bloggers, lifestyle brands and companies that want to connect with them to discuss theory, and the love of all things design. More than 60 designs were submitted to the contest, 12 of which were produced by FashionABLE in Ethiopia. Four of the twelve were voted on by the ALT community, and the winning scarf is being produced now and will be available on April 15.
As a ONEMoms community partner, today, Thursday, April 4 we are able to offer our documama readers a pre-sale of the chosen design and both ONE.org and FashionABLE are offering two full days of free shipping. After April 5th the pre-sale will continue with regular shipping. All scarves ordered will be shipped on April 17 in time for Mother’s Day. The scarf is gorgeous, and each handmade scarf takes three days to make. The chosen scarf is named The Genet, after one of the amazing women who helped produce it, and is available for purchase through the ONE Store and fashionABLE websites.
Read Genet’s story to get an idea for the opportunities you are supporting by purchasing a FashionABLE scarf:
“I don’t remember my birth mother, and I don’t know my birthday or actual age, so the timeline of my story is based on my best guess . I was brought from the countryside into the city of Addis at age 3 by an aunt who promised my family I would be sent to school and have a “better life .” Instead, I was groomed to be a housemaid and given so many responsibilities that the load of work become impossible and overwhelming . By age 12, I ran away and began living on the street . I felt lost and I was continually raped . Eventually, I became pregnant . With a baby at 15, I learned to have sex for money so I could support her. I coped with life through drinking, drugs and smoking . I recently learned about this program and am enrolled in counseling to work through my addictions, my childhood trauma, and learn ways to reconnect with my now 6-year-old daughter. I am also working at fashionABLE and grateful to have a job that provides dignity. “
This scarf is definitely on my Mother’s Day wish list!