Gifts That Empower Women Around The World

Filmmaker Sophia Kruz picks great companies making a difference in women’s lives.

While making her documentary, Little Stones, Sophia Kruz met women around the world who are using their artistic and entrepreneurial talents to create lasting change in the lives of women. Sophia is also co-founder of Driftseed, a non-profit offering resources and education on some of the issues the film exposes such as domestic abuse and sex trafficking.

Here, Sophia picks some of her favorite companies that are making an impact and selling clothing, jewelry, accessories and more great products you can give knowing your choice makes a difference.

Judith + James

Anna Taylor, one of four women featured in Little Stones, launched Judith+James to give impoverished women in Kenya, mostly widows, training and a livelihood. Proceeds from sales of the vibrant, cool collection go to support Anna’s foundation, James127.


Sudara is a certified B Corporation focused on creating jobs and providing skills training for women in India escaping sex-trafficking. Their comfortable pajamas and robes make great gifts for the whole family.

Acacia Creations

Acacia has been making eco-friendly, Fair Trade jewelry, gifts, and home accents in Kenya since 2007. They go beyond Fair Trade by creating jobs, providing training, and giving back to communities through education and healthcare initiatives.


Founded in Brooklyn in 2013, Catrinka creates high quality handbags featuring traditional textiles in designs that work in Williamsburg and L.A. Every part of the business is focused on financially empowering women and girls, opening doors and creating choices for them so they can have control over their own lives.

Bronwen Jewelry

Designer Bronwen Lodato began making jewelry for herself in her 20s that could withstand her outdoor adventures. Today her company works with artisans in the U.S. on its line of handmade, Fair Trade jewelry, and partners with like-minded non-profits and causes. A portion of sales of its Little Stones Bracelet supports Kruz’s organization, Driftseed.

Noonday Collection

Noonday Collection designs and sells jewelry and accessories made by artisans across the globe. To make a difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, they partner with artisan businesses that share a passion for building a flourishing world.


Soko employs technology to provide equal access to opportunity for marginalized artisans. Its supply chain innovation uses mobile phones to connect independent artisans in a “virtual factory.” This opens entire new markets to the entrepreneurs.

Global Girlfriend

Global Girlfriend’s stylish and trend-setting line of Fair Trade products, including home decor, accessories and clothing, are created with the single goal of helping women help themselves.






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