Supporting Women

One of my passions has always been to support women abroad who are working so hard for their families, often earning next to nothing. The commitment to their craftsmanship and their families inspires me deeply.

As women of the Western world I believe we have a responsibility to help women in whatever way we can by participating in the purchase of hand-made crafts, clothing, jewelry, and other fair-trade products.

Here are a few organizations who help women lead with their feminine heart as they give of themselves for their loved ones.

If you know of any other organizations who offer opportunities for women overseas please send me an email. I would love to expand this list so we can continue to build up all women so they can know that they, too, are Called, Empowered, and Opened!

Thank you!

Monique van Berkel


  • Bead for Life

    This organization supports poor women in Uganda and Africa through the sale of jewelry created with recycled paper to education people in North America about deep poverty and offers a pathway for them to make a difference.

    BeadforLife invests existing and future profits from sales into entrepreneurial training programs for women living in poverty, so they can open small businesses, increase their incomes, and leave poverty behind.

  • FairTrade Canada

    This organization is committed to providing a Fairtrade option for people in the 3rd world. With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day.

    With one simple choice you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.

  • Ten Thousand Villages

    This organization is committed to find ethically sources gifts crafted by hand. As pioneers of fair trade, they do business differently, putting people and planet first since 1946. Join the global maker-to-market movement – connecting you with ten thousand villages around the world.