Mother's Day gift guide: meaningful & fair trade from Noonday Collection (VIDEO)

Mother's Day gift guide: meaningful & fair trade from Noonday Collection (VIDEO)

It's that time of year that many of us are thinking of Mother's Day gifts. If you're ready for a change from flowers or just browsing a store for something that catches your eye, take a look at some gift ideas that connect the moms in your life to impact around the globe. Check out ideas for single moms, traveling moms, moms with grabby kids, engravable gifts, and gift cards!

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Fair trade style for summer travel: Noonday's capsule collection [video]

Fair trade style for summer travel: Noonday's capsule collection [video]

I’ve launched my brand-new YouTube channel with a review of Noonday’s summer travel capsule collection! Take a look for an up-close look and some background on Ana, the powerhouse entrepreneur behind the artisan group who created these pieces. The work she’s doing to empower women in Guatemala is truly inspiring - and this video shares how fun it is for you to be a part of that!

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Noonday Poms: The Need Inspires the Design

Noonday Poms: The Need Inspires the Design

Noonday's fair trade Wildflower Clutch not only provides a pop of color and pattern with embroidery and poms - it also provides employment for women throughout the Ayacucho region of Peru because it is handmade, reducing the need to move to find factory jobs. Click to shop and to see how the design was inspired by the unique needs of women there. There are amazing people working to provide opportunity in vulnerable communities, as well as practical ways that you can support them. That includes supporting businesses such as Hilos y Colores in Peru through Noonday Collection. And my goal is to connect you to them. Read the beautiful story behind the opportunity this piece makes possible through sustainable, fair trade fashion.

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Fighting Sexual Exploitation: Local Meets Global

In addition to two groups that work directly with exploited women, all of Noonday's partners are in the fight to prevent exploitation simply by ensuring women are empowered and safe, and providing jobs that are helping sustain healthy families where all children are in school and have support for a bright future. So, it was natural for me to collaborate with a local group engaged in the same fight for dignity right here at home in Madison, WI.

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6 Lessons from Vietnam on Entrepreneurship and Life

6 Lessons from Vietnam on Entrepreneurship and Life

Across an ocean, across the supply chain, we piled into small workshops and lush courtyards to watch some of our favorite pieces come to life. In the Artisans, and on noisy streets and quiet beaches with friends, I encountered wisdom I want to emulate in my own business and life, and share with those I coach. And as our Artisan business partners commit so fiercely to their work, I’m compelled to step up in mine so that together we can grow this movement. I hope these six takeaways will inspire you along your own path too...

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Handmade in Vietnam: Calypso Earrings

Handmade in Vietnam: Calypso Earrings

The making of Noonday’s Calypso Earrings: these airy, lightweight statement earrings are handmade in Vietnam from ethically sourced, recycled water buffalo horn. Shop the style, explore behind the scenes of their creation, and learn how fair trade is helping this 800-year-old crafting tradition continue to provide dignified jobs in Vietnam. Want to support ethical businesses and travel to see artisan work first-hand? Join my team at juliegodshall.com/join-my-team.

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