I adore handmade jewelry.
I rejoice in supporting independent artists.
Most of all, I love doing things that help bring positive change to the world.
So of course, I really love this mala!
I met Linda through Kickstarter in early 2012. We both had projects to support our Artist in Residency work at the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. We both managed to find full funding. It was great and our friendship evolved as we shared our art with one another.
Last year for Mother's Day, Linda was doing a project where she made teddy bears for children in devastated areas. I ordered two. She sent cards explaining the project and I gave the cards to my Mom and Mom-in-Law. It was a huge hit.
Just before Valentine's Day, Linda introduced a new project: Malas to support an Anti-Human Trafficking Charity! From her Etsy page:
50% of the sales of each mala goes to support Odanadi, a non-profit organization that works to stop human trafficking in India. I am very passionate about this cause, and I hope you will join me in the fight! For more info, please visit http://www.odanadi.org/.
I ordered mine with a few other items from her site. When they arrived, I couldn't help but swoon. I took the above photo the same day and within hours, I'd been asked by several people where they could purchase their own Mala. Now, I'm working on ordering two more: One for my Mom and one for my eldest daughter. Linda's goal is to raise $1000 by March 15. This is a pretty amazing goal, but I believe we can help her reach it! She's already raised $420!
Please visit her Etsy page and share this post or link her page to your social media sites. Let's get the word out and do a little good by buying some fabulous new jewelry! Remember that this is the sort of thing that makes a wonderful gift and that Mother's Day is not as far off as we may tend to think.