You might know that I am working with Etsy as a Creative Courage Challenge mentor (along with Cath from My Bearded Pigeon!) You might not know that Etsy have just launched a great social good campaign called Make For Good (#MakeForGood) It’s JUST the kind of thing I am into, because I think in the often noisy, narcissistic and commodified world that is online life, it’s REALLY important to check ourselves (and our privilege) and include the wider (worldwide) community’s wellbeing in our day-to-day life, in some way.
Make For Good is project aiming to do just that. The brainchild of Etsy Australia, they’re partnering with Plan International’s Because I Am A Girl Campaign and encouraging Australian crafters to… MAKE. FOR. GOOD!
They’re aiming to raise $20 000 to fund a whole bunch of micro-business loans to girls in countries Plan supports (like Bangladesh, for instance.) That $20 000 is enough to fund 150 girl-run enterprises (and will change the lives of many more people through a trickle-down effect in families and communities.)
I think this is such an ingenious and practical way to provide alternatives to the exploitative garment industry or factory careers (or MUCH worse) that many girls are destined for. MUCH better to fund and mentor them in their own independent business, where they can employ their own family members and others in their community, right? These are opportunities rarely offered to girls in many nations, we must not forget that. Nope.
How can you get involved?
If you have an Etsy store you can join the initiative here.
The idea is to make something to sell in your Etsy shop that fits the – silver linings for girls – theme. Maybe it’s a silver lined handbag? Maybe it’s some silver earrings? Maybe it’s a beanie with a silvery pompom? Maybe it’s a silver polka-dotted notebook? (You just need to donate at least 20% of the sale price to the campaign – and of course Etsy will donate their usual commission for that item to the campaign too! Double whammy!)
If you are more an Etsy customer type person, you can help too! You can look out for items that are part of the #MakeForGood campaign on Etsy and snap them up! There’s a few online already and there will be many, many more over the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.
And no matter who you are, it would be wonderful if you could spread the word to ensure this campaign reaches its full potential and funds 150 clever girls who deserve a chance at business success and independence.
You can find out more about the program here. Good one Etsy!
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