Let’s start with the fact, though, that I am so not a fashion blogger. So just don’t even worry about it. I threw a kid in some pics to help the situation, but I am not confused about my role in the world. Anyway…
When we started down this path of exploring what doing justice and loving mercy really looks like, we read a book called When Helping Hurts. It really opened my eyes to some of the ways that well meaning people can really hurt the poor in trying to help them. And then leave the “good deed” feeling good about themselves and doing nothing to actually alleviate the pain of poverty for that hurting person. It’s gonna take more than food baskets at the holidays, y’all.
Committing to stand with people in extremely difficult situations means actually helping them to stand. Restoring their dignity and giving them the tools to glorify and enjoy God through work. So when my sister told me about Noonday and her desire to be an ambassador for the them, I was all about it. Like obsessed. They are getting it right.
Noonday has taken Isaiah 58:10 “when you satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your night will become like the noonday,” and lived it out. The business model is genius. Women all over the world are hand-making beautiful jewelry, scarves, purses, and more. This is their gift, their skill, their joy. Then noonday gets this jewelry into the hands of consumers. And the stuff is awesome. It just is. It is fashion forward and fun to wear. And I am starting to see it everywhere. Which is incredibly exciting. Because it is bringing hope to the oppressed.
Right now there are over 1,000 artisans all over the world making items for Noonday. The founders are committed to keeping the jewelry and accessories closely connected to the people and stories behind them. Each item is named after one of the artisans. I love this.
Recently, the group in Uganda was able to open up 15 new positions at their Noonday shop. And 150 people showed up on the doorstep in hopes of getting one of the positions. The need is great. This company matters.
The leaders of this Ugandan group wrote this to the founders,
“You guys have changed our lives. We not only have all of our basic needs met, but we experience the joy of sharing with the needy and that has been so fulfilling. We’ve been able to offer medical help to our artisans, provide clean drinking water to all of the artisans, provide uniforms and lunch, celebrate birthdays (for many of the artisans that is the first birthday they have ever had), provide weekly bible study and counseling, and much more. All of these are joys that Noonday has given us. It has been a business and it has been our dream. Thank you for helping us realize it.”
That is the way love should work. It should multiply. So is it clear that I could not love this company more? I just think it’s brill. And I am so proud of my sister for taking the steps to get involved. And now for the fun news, you, dear reader, can win a wrap bracelet just like mine. All you have to do to enter is click HERE. Over at Steph’s site you can check out all the goods. The new fall line is out TODAY and has me swooning. I’ll take ten scarves. Thanks.
Once you look at the site come back and leave a comment telling me which item is your favorite. You will then be entered to win this bracelet for your very own wrist.
I will then use a random number generator, so profesh, to give me a winner. I will keep the giveaway open until Friday at noon, and then will announce the lucky winner!
And whether or not you win, I hope you look into all the good that Noonday is doing. If you do decide to purchase one of their gorgeous items, please select Stephanie Flynn as your ambassador at checkout!Brother Bear implores you to enter! He sends his thanks.