It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and gift shopping is in full swing! Whether you’re looking for a special something for a friend, partner or secret Santa, finding the perfect gift that also gives back is an incredible feeling. You get to warm the heart of the person who receives it while making a real difference in the world at the same time—what could be better?
We know that finding gifts that give back isn’t always easy, so this month we’re featuring Lush Charity Pot partners that sell fab gifts to support their organizations.
Meet Hakhu Indigenous Women’s Association
This organization sells beautiful products made by indigenous women artisans from the Ecuadorian Amazon. The money earned from the sales of handmade jewelry and accessories provides sustainable income for families while also contributing to positive social and environmental change. Hakhu operates in four areas: education, health, the generation of sustainable income and advocacy.
The biggest problem faced in the Ecuadorian Amazon is the exploitative extraction of natural resources by the fossil fuel industry. This leads to aggressive deforestation and, ultimately, the displacement of indigenous communities and loss of their traditional way of life.
Hakhu has created a grassroots indigenous organization that runs programs and projects to mitigate these threats. It also supports community-based economic initiatives, like classes that pass on traditional art forms and keep cultural knowledge from disappearing.
More than 200 indigenous women across three provinces in the Ecuadorian Amazon currently contribute handmade artisanal items, and Hakhu hopes that number will continue to grow with the support of its customers. Selling their handiwork via Hakhu provides jobs and stability for families who now face less pressure to leave their traditional territories in search of employment.
Gifts that Give Back
By purchasing a gorgeous Hakhu necklace, an intricate tote bag or a protective phone case for someone on your list, you’re not only creating a viable economy for women in the Amazon, you’re contributing to cultural preservation and rainforest conservation, too.