Last year, I kicked off 2012 with a shopping fast. This year, not so much. I can’t help it, I love shopping. Yet, I don’t need to be a mindless credit card-swiping zombie to satisfy my cravings. ‘Tis true! The Nomi Network is a nonprofit organization that provides consumers with an opportunity to shop for good: their mission is to provide training and jobs for women who were victims or are at risk for sex trafficking. The women are taught to sew and create beautiful and functional bags, which are sold through their online store. 100% of the proceeds are used to pay fair wages and provide further training for the women.
I picked up the Double Zip Sorn Bon Wallet in light blue.
Kim managed to nab this cute Quilted Cosmetic Case in light blue before it sold out.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of hearing Alissa Moore, vice-president and co-founder of the Nomi Network, speak about her passion for this cause. I got a chance to speak to her afterwards and she was so sweet and inspiring. I can’t imagine the amount of faith and strength it requires to face something as pervasive and prevalent as sex trafficking head-on. This is an issue that I’ve avoided. Who wants to think about women who are bought and sold as commodities? Certainly not complacent, comfortable me.
Life has been good in the Capitol.
But there was no way I could continue to be an ignorant consumer after hearing Alissa’s moving story.
Check out their blog here. Happy shopping!