Growing a Global Friendship

I wanted to take a moment to highlight a neat non-profit organization. Part of living a yogic life is the idea of seva, selfless service. In this post I’ll share more about A Global Friendship that is currently running a kick starter campaign for their efforts.

A Global Friendship is a Brooklyn-based non-profit that empowers women around the world living on under $10 a day, helping them to break the cycle of poverty. We work to improve the standard of living in developing communities by creating sustainable businesses for artisans around the world and providing them with small business training and market access.

AGF has already been successful in building small businesses in Thailand and Indonesia that now employ 18 and 10 individuals, respectively.

Now, they are on a mission to help a struggling community right here in the U.S. at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Pine Ridge Reservation is inhabited by the Lakota Sioux tribe, who are living in third-world conditions and dealing with an 80% unemployment rate.

AGF has partnered with the artisans of Pine Ridge to come up with The Sage Braid: A Global Friendship Bracelet, which is now being sold on Kickstarter. The women on the reservation handcraft the bracelets, and 100% of the proceeds are used to develop 3 sustainable businesses on the reservation, as well as an educational outreach program designed to bring hope to the high school girls living in an environment where the suicide rate is more than 3 times the national average.

The Sage Braid is made by weaving fresh harvested sage with premium handcrafted leather. The Sage Braid is a bohemian staple for every outfit, and smells incredible. The bracelet is also unisex and completely customizable- all details are chosen by the customer.

Sage is completely organic. It grows in abundance on the reservation, making AGF proud to say that they are bringing a completely sustainable and eco-friendly product to market.

The women on the Pine Ridge Reservation have been struggling for decades and this is the campaign that could make all the difference in their lives. Head on over to Kickstarter today to check out The Sage Braid: A Global Friendship Bracelet.

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