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Shop to Support Female Refugees

Shop to Support Female Refugees

When I read or watch the news, it feels like I’m not able to help women enough when it comes to issues like trafficking, violence, war, policy or education. Do you ever wonder how you can help? Or do you feel like there’s nothing you can do?

The best things we can do on an individual level is to donate, call local leaders, and support brands that are on the front line of these issues.

Today, I’m sharing how you can support women refugees and their families. Families are torn apart by war and unspeakable violence. You probably know a refugee, there are even celebrities who were refugees.

I’ve listed a few brands to shop and support.

These brands and organizations are focused on giving refugees a chance to rebuild and grow their lives. By shopping, you support refugee jobs and the education of adults and children.

Prosperity Candle

  • Woman-owned

  • B Corp

The candles are handmade by women recently relocated to the U.S. from refugee camps through UN and federal programs.

We believe that welcoming refugee families and helping them to build new lives lies at the foundation of American values. Or as someone else more eloquently put it, "Welcoming refugees is what this country does best... it's the Statue of Liberty in action." 

EP’s Picks:

She Inspires Collection

They also make private label candles for several companies including The Little Market (which I love and HIGHLY recommend). Shop those candles here.

EP’s Picks from The Little Market:

The Little Market has countless candle options such as astrology signs, customizable gifts, and scents like pecan pie, champagne or fig.

 The Little Market also sells these cute baskets you can use as a catch-all for your coffee table and entryway or fruit in your kitchen.

The baskets are Made in Tanzania by women from WomenCraft using local grasses and upcycled grain bags.

 WomenCraft is a social enterprise and member of the World Fair Trade Organization working with more than 300 artisans in 17 villages in Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda. WomenCraft consists of 24 artisans groups, which include former refugee women, survivors of genocide, and HIV-positive artisans.

Indego Africa

Our Economic Inclusion for Refugees program addresses the unique livelihood and financial challenges refugee women face. By providing female refugees at the Mahama Refugee Camp and Kigeme Refugee Camp in Rwanda with artisan skills, business training, and market access, Indego is helping them integrate in their host country’s labor force and achieve long-term economic security for themselves and their families.

Shop ALL their products that support refugees here.

EP’s Picks (Handmade by female artisans and refugees in Rwanda):

Junonia Bag in Pink or Black

Indego Africa joined forces with Madewell on a mini collection of summer-ready bags including the above Black Junonia Bag.

Striped Panel Bag

Preemptive Love

This shop was born out of their organization, Preemptive Love, which helps families fleeing violence remake home and rebuild their lives.

With roots in Iraq, Syria and the U.S., Preemptive Love creates jobs for refugees, including their shop where women make soaps, candles and knits.

EP’s Picks:

Chamomile & Olive Oil Sisterhood Soap

Sunset Sisterhood Soap

(vanilla and golden peach with base notes of gentle musk)

These soaps create jobs in Iraq. Their Kinsman soaps are for men.

Warm Fig Candle

I LOVE that they wrote “shine a light against the darkness of war” on the product page! WOW what a statement.

Made with All-natural soy + coconut wax and natural cotton wick.

Customers LOVE the scent!


Every Retea (loose leaf tea) pouch they sell provides a refugee child with up to 10 hours of education. As of December 2018, they have helped to fund up to 37,700 hours of education for refugee children.

Retea partners with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a nonprofit that responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, our monthly donations are directed to education programs for refugees in need.

EP’s Picks:

Chamomile Lavender

+ read about The Little Market

+ the #1 reason you should buy fashion that gives back

What causes are you most passionate about?

Post a comment or question below and don’t hesitate to share this post and help create a cycle of supported women refugees 😘

& remember to allow your authentic self to empower the women around you

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