Top Ten Gifts of 2012: Number 7

Raven + Lily is a fantastic company. Based here in Austin, this company is dedicated to helping eradicate poverty in various communities around the globe by providing employment opportunities for women.

From the Raven + Lily website:

"In addition to creating sustainable economic opportunities for marginalized women, Raven + Lily is dedicated to returning proceeds to our partner communities to fund education, healthcare, and micro-loans. By purchasing R+L products, consumers are part of breaking the cycle of poverty and transforming the lives of women and families.

The Ethiopia Collection is comprised of statement necklaces, earrings and bracelets crafted with handmade beads + charms from melted bullet casings and vintage silver coins. This collection empowers HIV-positive women in Ethiopia.

The India Collection features gorgeous recycled cotton papers, hand-carved wood journals, metallic leather jewelry and hand-milled natural soaps. This collection empowers marginalized women in Northern India.

The Cambodia Collection includes eco-friendly bags and t-shirts made with hand-loomed, natural-dyed, and remnant materials. These hand-printed pieces are made with love by HIV positive and formerly trafficked women in Cambodia."

 These Wood / Leather Bangles (a steal for only $8 each) have been a great seller in the store; we love their natural simplicity that's adorned with a simple metallic leather band. We love the idea of supporting developing communities with our purchases this holiday season. Giving back never looked so chic!