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These Inspiring Fashion Brands Really (Really!) Give Back

There are plenty of charitable companies out there, but only a select group are so dedicated to giving back that it is the entire basis of their business plan. Candica Batisa shares four of her favouite beauty and fashion brands that are so inspriring in their practices, you'll never experience buyer's remorse. 

Obakki

If you're looking for classic, elegant bags and accessories with a conscious, look no further than Obakki. Based in Vancouver, this luxury brand has found fans in the likes of Gwyneth Paltow and Kate Hudson, and for good reason. Their designs are timeless and wearable, but most impressive is the fact that their proceeds go towards providing clean water and education in Africa, whic is also where the design team finds their inspiration for their collections. 

Poppy Barley
 
This Canadian-based luxury shoe and accessories company is all about transparency in their manufacturing. Their shows are masterfully crafted in León, Mexico, where they work hard to ensure positive working conditions. From paying 5-times the region's minimum wage, to providing ongoing training and career opportunities for their valued workers, spending a little more on your shoes mean you're improving the lives of those making them 

Sseko
 
Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women in Uganda to continue on to university through the production of beautiful accessories. Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree or has graduated from university and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place. To date, they have enabled 87 women to attend university all by giving them practical skills and experience (and fair wages, of course) to help them succeed in their next endevour. 

In addition to their university-bound team, Sseko also employs women from all walks of life. By creating an environment of dignity, honor and dedication, Sseko Designs provides the opportunity for women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.
 
Conscious Coconut

As if we needed another reason to lather ourselves in coconut oil, this one company is making a true difference in the area where their coconuts are farmed. In addition to working directly with local farmers and suppliers to support fair trade practices, they also emply adults with developmental disabilities at the MacDonald Training Center located in Tampa, Florida to package their products. They are dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to lead the lives they choose. They also support children by= raising awareness for childhood hunger in the States. For every purchase, a child is given a meal through Feeding America food banks. A sustainable business stands on a foundation of transparency, respect and love.
 

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