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Remind a Survivor That She’s Worthy


Turning a lump of clay into unique, eye-catching jewelry is quite a trick, but how about turning around damaged lives in the process? Meet The Worthy Co, a social enterprise dedicated to dignity for trafficked women. — More.

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Home

Taking “Baby” Steps to Save Endangered Elephants


Need an idea for your next baby shower? How about fair trade, organic clothes designed to grow with baby – and to grow the ranks of endangered African elephants at the same time?
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Food & Drink

These Legumes Offer a Leg Up


Would you hire a woman who’s never managed to hold a steady job for more than a year? This social enterprise is proving there’s no such thing as an “unemployable woman” – thanks to the power of beans.
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Food & Drink

Raise a Cup to Preservation


Can smarter agriculture and integrated community development help to preserve one of the most endangered species on the planet? If coffee lovers change their drinking habits, the answer might be yes.
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Food & Drink

Not Your Average Cup of Tea


Do you know who grew your tea, how they live, or how much they’re paid? Transparency is a problem in an industry controlled by a handful of big players, but one social enterprise is working to provide greater clarity – and impact.
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Fashion

Compassion Looks Good on You


What does it take to empower marginalized and vulnerable women? In Charlotte, NC, we found a social enterprise where the formula is fashion + creativity + relationships.
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Food & Drink

Junking the Junk Food Habit


There’s no shortcut to a healthy lifestyle, but cutting down on junk food is a great start. One social entrepreneur thinks she has the recipe for better eating – and a better world.
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General

Hiring With a Higher Purpose


Life without a job is pretty hopeless – especially for those deemed “unemployable” by typical HR departments. Thankfully, Employment Social Enterprises, or ESEs, are anything but typical.
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Home

Changing Lives Six Yards at a Time


Start with some of the world’s most beautiful fabric, then recycle it into home decor and accessories hand-crafted by marginalized women. That’s the recipe for female empowerment at Shakti.ism.
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Backlit by the rising sun, coffee beans spill out of a hand and into a bag of Generous Coffee
Food & Drink

Do You Take Generosity With Your Coffee?


Coffee is an industry built on injustice, but one social entrepreneur is trying to prove that it can also be the starting point for a Generous Movement.
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Fashion

Open Your Eyes to Closed-Loop Apparel


We love consumer products made from recycled water bottles, but what happens when those products, in turn, reach the end of their life? This apparel brand might have an answer.
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Home

Shop Like a Hero – No Cape Required


Think it’s a frustrating and time-consuming chore to find home products that are good for the earth? If so, Ryan Lewis might just be your “Hero.”
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Fashion

Vote With Your Feet to End Youth Homelessness


While distributing socks in homeless shelters, two social entrepreneurs found a way to change the trajectory of young lives – with a “hippy” fashion brand that offers job training & employment.
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Wellness

Coconut Oil: Skincare with a Conscience


Coconut oil isn’t just for cooking anymore. Meet a company where high-quality skincare products drive a high-impact mission on behalf of exploited farmers, hungry kids, and disabled adults.
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Ben Higgins takes a knee to propose to Jess Clarke
Fashion

Fully “Engaged” in Helping Others


We believe every spending decision is a chance to do good – and weddings involve lots of those decisions. Here’s how one bride-to-be is using her big day to benefit others.
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Fashion

Fashioning a Future for Displaced People


Start with distinctive fabrics from around the world, then hire refugees to turn them into beautiful, sustainable fashion. At Threads by Nomad, that’s just part of the design for impact.
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Food & Drink

It’s a Beautiful Day for Refugees


Next time you’re at the supermarket, you can skip the cereal aisle because we found a small-batch granola maker that’s changing the lives of refugees. (Plus, the flavors are amazing!)
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Why I Buy: Elisabeth Gawlik-Williams


The founder of AWE Partners has a personal motto: “Every woman a changemaker, every business a social enterprise.” Here’s how she manifests that with her everyday spending.
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Fashion

When the Mission Dies


Need proof that your spending decisions matter? Check out three intriguing social enterprises that never found the consumer support they needed to accomplish their mission.
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A coffee cup in a heart-shaped pile of beans from Unsplash photographer Jessica Lewis
Food & Drink

A Coffee for Every Cause


Brewing at home more these days? Turn your coffee maker into a change maker when you buy your beans from a social enterprise that supports your favorite cause.
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Food & Drink

Something Inclusive Is Brewing at 321 Coffee


A coffee shop in North Carolina is trying to model how businesses can include people with disabilities – and their new Elevate roast is letting consumers everywhere get in on the effort.
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