Noonday Collection

Posted by Robin on October 9, 2014

If you’re new around here, you may not have yet discovered that I’m an Independent Ambassador for Noonday Collection, using fashion and design to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable. I advocate for women and children, and their entire communities really, by sharing their stories of hope and redemption that comes from sustainable income and dignified work.

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Today is the launch of the winter gift-giving guide for Noonday Collection with new alpaca items handmade {with love} in Peru, which seemed like as good a time as any to tell you a little bit more about this amazing company.

Disclaimer: this post is in no way intended to be a selling platform for my personal business, but just one of the ways you can choose to advocate for the marginalized. However, if you happen to find a little sweet something that you can’t live without – well, feel free to shop away!

The story behind Noonday Collection¬†has a precious beginning – ¬†Noonday Collection’s first trunk show was hosted by founder Jessica Honegger in her home as a means to raise money to adopt her son and third child from Rwanda. Jack was brought to his forever home in October of 2011, and he and Noonday have been growing together since!

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. This allows our artisans to earn more in order to support their families. We also offer no interest loans and make advance payments on orders. This way we are able to shoulder the costs of materials and build a lasting relationship based on trust. We offer scholarship programs and emergency assistance. Noonday Collection also donates a portion of sales from adoption trunk shows to place orphans in forever families.

Noonday Collection is not a charity and we do not believe that providing a hand out is a sustainable long-term solution to poverty. We aim to be a sustainable business that gives women across the United States a way to make a lasting difference in the fight against poverty and injustice. This is what makes this movement so special.

The impact of Noonday Collection goes far beyond the artisans and their immediate families – entire communities are affected as we work with groups in more than nine countries. Our Ugandan group has grown from 2 artisans to over 300 in just three years, and in Ethiopia we have built long-term trade relationships that provide dignified work and literacy and healthcare training for 160 individuals living with HIV. Renal, one of our Haitian artisans, owns his own workshop and is now making an average of $300 per week – a 900% increase over the national average!

There are so many stories of hope and redemption behind Noonday. I encourage you to read more and learn how you can advocate for these beautiful folks by partnering with Noonday.

Advocate for the marginalized by creating sustainable income, educating yourself and others, and in this case – wearing gorgeous accessories!

 

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