If you’re looking to give your loved ones a meaningful gift with a heartwarming story behind it, our YPA founders have rounded up some favorite projects.
Nick and Ashley have personally interacted with every organization on this list, so we can assure you that any purchase or donation you make will have a meaningful impact…
Beaded gems for brighter futures
Sidai Jewelery is one of Ashley’s favorite indulgences. Their ethical, thoughtfully designed, modern jewelry and home décor is handmade by Maasai women in Tanzania. These pieces are made in Africa, but shipped from Maine, USA. Best of all, every purchase you make will go towards supporting over 120 beaders and their surrounding communities! https://sidaidesigns.com/
Crafted with care for community upliftment
The Royal Chundu on the Zambezi River in Zambia is one of our favorite lodges, and we adore owner Tina Aponte and her vision for giving back to the surrounding community. The Zambezi Joy Society is an online marketplace showcasing the beautiful creations of various artists in Zambia. It’s 76%-women run and sells everything from bright Chitenge linens, homeware and clothing to blankets and baskets. They ship directly to the USA. https://yourprivateafrica.com/zambezi-joy-society/ Zambezi Joy Society: Connecting You with Africa’s Inspiring makers
Eco-friendly artistry straight out of South Africa
We love the Spaza Store’s fabric creations (especially their bowl covers!) because they’re as beautiful as they are functional. This South African company, which ships to the USA, is proudly women-owned and run. Their team, consisting of a phenomenal group of talented women, prioritize natural, sustainable, raw materials that are available locally. https://www.spazastore.com/
Adopt an orphaned baby elephant
This one is guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings. Elephant Havens in Botswana rescues babies in the wild who have lost their parents from life-threatening situations. Any and all (tax-deductible) donations are welcome. Because hand-feeding and raising these babies is so labor-intensive, it can cost up to $4 500 to cover a baby elephant’s food for one month, plus all the associated vet bills and their human caretaker’s salary for a caretaker. https://elephanthavens.org/
In the spirit of giving this festive season, we thank you for putting care and consideration into your gifting choices. Any support you offer these incredible businesses and organizations, no matter how big or small, will have a positive impact.