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Market Colors Scarf

Let’s kick off this week with something uplifting, shall we? I’d like to introduce you to Market Colors, a nonprofit organization that’s bridging the gap between quality handmade products from skilled African craftsman and American buyers. Here’s how it works: (1) Market Colors orders products from groups of African craftsmen (everything from scarves and jewelry to tech accessories, and lots in between). (2) The craftsmen make products from native materials. (3) Market Colors purchases the items. (4) Products arrive to MC headquarters in Orlando, FL — just a hop, skip and jump from my hometown! (5) Market Colors markets and sells the products on their website. (6) All proceeds are reinvested in Africa as the cycle repeats.Market Colors Packaging

Each product is beautifully packaged, and includes a postcard that introduces you to its creator! This is an extra-special touch that makes you feel connected to your accessories in a whole new way. I’ll wear this scarf and bracelet proudly, knowing that they were carefully handmade in villages far away by Samson and Kolida. They’re gifts I’ll treasure for always.

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Each purchase from helps a craftsman to provide for his or her family. Check out this video for details (and when you have a free moment or two, I encourage you to watch the others as well).

Market Colors Promotional Video 2012 from Market Colors on Vimeo.

Still have a few special people to check off your Christmas list? Order before December 20th for delivery by Christmas!

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  1. 12.20.12
    Roberta - @Leerla73 on twiiter! said:

    I’ve been eyeing those scarves, great to see it on you. The bags, purses & bracelets are hard to choose between, from the store. Guess I’ll get them a bit at a time :- <! Beats tackling the crowd at the store!

  2. 12.18.12

    Great post, I love shopping for a cause! Cute clutch by the way:)

  3. 12.17.12

    Reblogged this on Fashion & Fun after Fifty and commented:
    Need a last minute gift, check out A Pretty Penny’s Blog post.

  4. 12.17.12

    Fantastic, will Reblog for others.

  5. 12.17.12

    Fantastic post! We have just included you in the “bloggers we love” section of our site, come check us out! :)

  6. 12.17.12
    Cathy said:

    LOVE it!!!!! :)