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COLORS scarves

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I’m so excited to share with you the company that makes my new favorite scarves.  COLORS is doing incredible things to empower marginalized women right here in Atlanta where I live.  And look at all the pretties!  These drapey thin ones are called “skinnys,” and they come in a bajillion colors and textures and you can layer them.  And they have an assortment of gorgeousness for all your scarf-giving needs.

I asked the owners, Steen and Jessica, to tell us in their own words what COLORS is about, and here’s what they wrote:

COLORS started in 2011 when Steen and Jess first traveled to Chiang Rai, Thailand, and started teaching four girls at Destiny Rescue how to crochet.  Destiny Rescue is a non-profit that rescues underage girls from trafficking and prostitution, provides them a home & rehabilitation, and teaches them a trade so that they can earn money for themselves and their families in a healthy way.  We came in and offered these four girls a new skill and income by making our products.  For two years we partnered with Destiny Rescue, sending yarn to Thailand and receiving back these beautiful, unique, creative scarves. 

Destiny Rescue eventually moved on from creating scarves for us, and we moved production to our own city, Atlanta, which has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the country.  We started by partnering with Beloved Atlanta, a non-profit that is committed to restoring the lives of women who were victims of sexual exploitation in Atlanta.  But we soon found that our mission was expanding.  We had organizations, working with women of many backgrounds, come to us and ask if we would be interested in employing their women, and we decided that COLORS’ mission was to empower women that have been marginalized in ANY way.

COLORS now partners with three different organizations: Beloved Atlanta, 7 Bridges (a shelter for women & children leaving lives of homelessness, drug addiction, and broken situations), and the Refugee Women’s Network.  Our mission is to empower women to lead healthy, creative, and sustainable lives, and we want to accomplish that by providing women with means to earn an income, everyday workforce skills, and a community that stands around them in support.  Your purchase makes that mission a reality.

So let’s get this straight, you guys.  We get to buy these gorgeous, soft, cuddly scarves AND empower women to lead healthy, creative, and sustainable lives?  I think we can do that.

COLORS has generously given Unexpected a kicking coupon code.  Use SlaveFree25 to receive 25% off your entire purchase (excludes shipping, expires 11/14).

Click Here for a Portal to the Magical World of Scarves

Slave-Free Christmas Challenge:

This Christmas, I’ve challenged myself to shop my entire Christmas list from organizations that are helping people, not hurting people.  Today, 27 million men, women, and children live as someone else’s property.  Slaves are making the items that I’m buying to celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior.  Somehow I don’t think He’s blessed by the blood on His birthday presents.  For more information on my Slave-Free Christmas project, click here.  For featured companies from the last two years, click here.

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