Saturday, April 21, 2012

Purses for Freedom

I'm sharing this post from a fellow blogger. I don't usually do re-posts but I thought this one was worth sharing!

Originally posted by Ashley at

Stealing Baby Kisses

It's not just a purse 

Ever heard of SAK SAUM?

I'm going to guess probably not.

From their website...

Sak Saum is not ultimately about a bag, wallet, or scarf. Sak Saum is about a changed life...seeing people set free and empowered for their future.
We believe the cycles of trafficking, abuse, poverty and despair can be broken. We believe change is possible — we see it every day.
Sak Saum is a ministry dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation, and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women. Located in Phnom Penh and the Saang district of Cambodia, we currently have 11 girls in our ministry program. 
Sak Saum is pioneering a model of self-sustaining ministry. Our work is supported through the sale of Sak Saum products. Sak Saum’s business reaches over 30 states in America as well as Australia, England, Japan, Germany and more. In order to meet product demand, Sak Saum has started two Freedom Facilities employing skilled sewers who receive fair trade salaries. These facilities are bringing job opportunity and financial empowerment to the rural Saang community.
As Sak Saum girls receive healing and vocational training, many of them move on to work full-time sewing for Sak Saum’s business. Our desire is to see the union of powerful, life-changing ministry with effective, excellent business.

So how can you get involved? It's easy. Just shop online. All prices include shipping. And I feel like they are very reasonably priced. Ladies, how awesome would it be to buy something for your mom for mother's day knowing that the gift also helped another woman clear across the world? It makes me teary-eyed just thinking about it. 

But they have more than just purses. They have aprons, baby shoes, and accessories.

Want to do more than just shop? Make a financial contribution. Or sign up that you are interested in hosting a home party. If you have a party you aren't signing up to run a home business. You don't earn a single penny off of the party. I don't earn a single penny if you read this and then host a party. 100% of the sales from every single item go right back to Sak Saum. 

This past weekend I went to a Sak Saum home party that my friend hosted. Here are the goodies that I got...

There is no way I could love this purse more
except than I remember where my money went
and how awesome of a cause it is.

100% of what I spent on this purse went to helping woman
rescued from the s.ex trade.

Both purses were $35.
Prices online are slightly higher because
they include shipping costs.

Below is the inside of the first purse...
but both of my purses have this on the inside.
I've already more than once opened my purses stressed
and frustrated from the day.
And then I see this.
And well I instantly remembered to count my blessings.

How about a coin purse made from recycled rice bags?
And for only $4?!
(Yellow bag)
The green pouch will hold my business cards.
Also $4.
And the black bag holds little accessories...
all the things that fall to the bottom of my purse.
This cutie was $8.

How can you beat handmade, adorable, affordable, and for a good cause? 
You can't!
And then come back and tell me what you got...because girlfriends share their shopping finds, right?! :) 

Would you also consider spreading the word about this cause? Maybe you can't afford to buy anything right now. But a blog post, a tweet, a facebook status...those things are free. And powerful. Please help spread the word.

Note from Sarah- I found the purses online to be around $40-$60 mostly.

1 comment:

  1. I actually went to the site after Ashley posted and purchased a scarf and a purse from them and than I told my hubs about it and he was like do they have any wallets for men and so I ended up buying him a wallet too.


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