My Social Enterprise Christmas Shopping Challenge: #BuySocial

Scratching your head about what to give at Christmas? Want to buy great gifts that make a difference? Why not join me in my Social Enterprise Christmas Shopping Challenge? It’s simple: Buy Social. Over the next few weeks I’m going to buy all my Christmas presents from Social Enterprises.

There are more options than you might initially think…. I’ve already figured out for whom I’m buying Social Enterprise gifts such as a handbag, underwear and chocolates.  The Social Enterprise sector is growing, so “buying social” is easier than ever.

Why Buy Social?  Social Enterprises are just like normal businesses, except they have social aims.   For example to support disadvantaged people by providing employment or to reduce waste by turning discarded materials into beautiful products.  When you can buy from a company that has a social mission and uses its profit to do something good, why buy anywhere else?

As the founder of a Social Enterprise, www.frombabieswithlove.org, I’m excited to see the increasing range and number of Social Enterprise retailers. At from babies with love we sell organic baby clothes and donate 100% of our profit to orphaned and abandoned babies.  Customers enjoy their beautiful purchases and enjoy knowing they’re helping vulnerable babies elsewhere.  A win-win!

So, to my shopping list… I’m looking for fantastic Social Enterprise gifts for my family and friends, for a range of ages (from children to grandparents)… gifts that are going to feel wonderful to buy as well as to give.   I’ll be updating this blog as I go, shouting about just how many brilliant options there are to Buy Social.   If you have suggestions please get in touch, I would love to hear ideas!

Banish the reindeer patterned jumper. Join me in the Buy Social Revolution.

Cecilia Crossley is the founder of frombabieswithlove.org  Contact her at sayhello@frombabieswithlove.org, on twitter @frombabies or by using #BuySocial

Image

Advertisements

Anjali’s second start in life

Meet Anjali!  She’s 20 months old and from India, and from babies with love has just begun supporting her.   Anjali is an orphan, but she began a new life when she was welcomed to the SOS Children’s village in Faridabad, northern India at the beginning of this year.

India is the world’s largest democracy and is one of the fastest growing developing countries.    Yet the population of over 1 billion face many social problems – in the context of great inequality.   47% of children under 5 are malnourished, and there is a high incidence of child labour and out-of-school children.

But thanks to the love and care from her SOS Mother in the children’s village, Anjali will grow up without many of the challenges and worries that so many Indian children face.

Faridabad children’s village is the smallest in India.  It has 5 family houses and 4 youth houses.   There is a combined nursery, primary and secondary school for 1,400 children – from the village and surrounding community.   Faridabad village is also a training centre for all the SOS Children’s villages in India.

We are so delighted to have received a letter from the Village this week, and adorably, this heart warming picture of the village, drawn by one of the children.   Looks like Anjali might grow up to be a footballer!