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Pearls With Purpose, a social impact organization is dedicated to sustainable self-reliance for disadvantaged individuals in developing countries (primarily abused/abandoned women, sex trafficked survivors and those seeking vocational training).
We manage a lean operation through cost-effective processes which benefit the individuals in developing countries first. The creators of our products utilize artisan quality handicraft combined with locally sourced supplies such as (but not limited to) genuine Grade-A pearls, larimar, gemstones and high quality materials.
Each handcrafted product creates sustainable incomes/jobs and preserves cultural traditions. We create fair wages for our partners and do not personally profit; the artisans have fulfilling jobs and work in safe environments, which are oftentimes their homes so that they can take care of their families and have flexible schedules.
We created an online platform for artisans to showcase their beautiful products to a broader audience. Building this mutually beneficial relationship, customers have the opportunity to purchase unique, one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world, and artisans earn fair wages and generate a means to support their families.
Beginning in 2002 Pearls With Purpose started with a handful of women in the squatters area of Antipolo City, Philippines, Pearls With Purpose has since expanded into India, Cambodia, Kenya, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.
Hundreds of women have been given a hand up rather than a handout as they have become aware of their own self-reliance through micro-enterprise mentoring and artisan jewelry training.
In 2019, Pearls with Purpose became a program under the directors of Mentors International. A non-profit with 30 years of experience mentoring, providing business and personal development training, and micro-loans. This partnership has created opportunities to train and teach even more women while providing them with a product pipeline and micro-loans to truly grow their businesses.
We humbly realize it is the socially minded woman in America who creates sustainable lifelong change for these artisans.
By caring about where your accessories are made, what they are made from, and who actually benefits from the purchase, thousands of lives are improved and dramatically changed for the better. This is the beauty of a social-impact organization. When a product is purchased from Pearls With Purpose, over 72% is used to impact the life of another human being on the other side of the world.
The remaining 28% is used here in America for marketing and raising awareness.
Now that’s a concept we can all get behind! Shopping with us brings humanity back into consumerism. It’s that simple.