As you sneak off to the beach (or lake), here are a few adorable summer finds with a focus on giving back!
Adorable website, Nena & Co! Vibrant colored Beach Bags constructed from vintage Guatemalan skirts called cortes. This incredible beach blanket is also by Nena & Co. It is 70" long and comes in many other awesome colors. (Blanket is also pictured in the top photo.)
Your Nena & Co. purchase will make a difference in a Guatemalan's life, whether providing purified filtered water or a scholarship to help a Guatemalan artisan receive a better education. Currently Nena & Co. is teaming up with a Guatemalan non-profit group SADEGUA. They are raising funds to piece together birthing kits to leave with expecting mothers that do not have access to proper health care and medical facilities.
- Love this necklace by AKOLA. A hand-cast Ethiopian pendant layered with translucent sea glass stones from Kenya on delicate strand of beads assembled by dignified Akola women. Hangs approximately 30" in length. Akola is a non-profit organization with a mission-related jewelry business that invests in the lives of 400 Ugandan women in extreme poverty to help them become agents of transformation in their families and community. To read the incredible story of how Akola was started and the founder, click here.
- Adorable shorts by lemlem currently at a great sale price at Anthropologie. Ethiopian model, actress and World Health Organization ambassador Liya Kebede launched lemlem in 2007 as a way to support the struggling weavers of her home country while preserving their traditional, endangered methods.