Raven + Lily was founded in order to help alleviate poverty among women throughout the world. It not only provides women with employment; but gives them access to a safe work environment, healthcare, education, and fair wages. The company employs over 1,500 women in counties all over the world.
1.) Pakistan: Raven and Lily employ Afghan refugees living along the border of Pakistan. Many of the women have incredible talent yet lack the opportunity to work. Raven + Lily give women the chance to stay healthy and send their children to school despite living in refugee camps.
2.) Kenya: Raven + Lily work with many tribes in Africa. From the Masaii to the Esiteti/Embaringoi community, the company provides work for many women by buying their bead work while helping them cultivate it towards modern jewelry. When asked what she is thankful for, Kimpoyan, a bead artisan said:
“I am happy to do business. To be able to buy cattle, food and to protect my goats, sheep and donkeys.”
3.) India: In India, Raven + Lily employ women who were formally involved in the sex- trade. This job gives them stability and an opportunity to break the cycle they are in. From India comes Raven + Lily’s soaps, paper, cotton apparel, and totes.
4.) Ethiopia: The artisans in Ethiopia are known for their jewelry and leather production. When asked what she was thankful for, Andante, an Ethiopian artisan said:
“Before I had no friends and no one to talk to because I am HIV+. Today, I now have friends and a permanent job I love.”
5.) Cambodia: Take a look at all the neat products made from Cambodia!
6.) Guatemala: Women in Guatamala are thrilled to be able to keep the art of weaving alive. It is a great tradition and a part of the culture. The women are using this opportunity to buy books and uniforms in order to send their children to school as well as support their home financially.
7.) Malaysia: In Malaysia, single mothers are hired in order to use their trade to make an income for their family. It allows them to have a support system, while also having the opportunity to care for their children. They make beautiful dyes and hand printed apparel.
8.) USA: Through out the US, Raven + Lily help homeless women develop skills that educate them and give them work experience. They help them build a resume and earn an income to get back on their feet.
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photography by: Raven + Lily