Over the course of the year, we get to interact with some wonderful businesses that inspire us to keep fighting the good fight. Their products are the perfect addition to your Christmas gift-giving, especially for those do-gooders in your life.
TEPUY ACTIVEWEAR – for the sporty fashionista
Bright, colorful, one-of-a-kind, sportswear for women, Tepuy products are designed and manufactured in Americus, Ga., by Venezuelan-born fashion-designer, Elena Carné . At the age of 15, Elena began designing and sewing bathing suits for herself and friends, and by 21, she had an established business in Venezuela. A dangerous political climate forced her and her husband to move to Miami where she attended fashion school. Years later, Elena met Café Campesino co-owners Tripp Pomeroy and Bill Harris who convinced her to move Tepuy and her young family to Americus. Tepuy is currently running a site-wide sale up to 40 percent off on select items. Get your orders in before Dec. 17 to help ensure delivery before Christmas. Shop Now.
KOINONIA FARM – tasty treats for your sweet tooth
We like to think of Koinonia as our “grandmother.” We trace our roots back to Bill’s Habitat for Humanity trip to Guatemala, but Habitat was born out of Koinonia, an intentional community in Sumter County that was founded in the 1940s on Christian values and an emphasis on racial equality. Since experiencing protests and economic boycotts during the Civil Rights movement, Koinonia has relied on mail-order gifts to help generate revenue for its community. Freshly harvested pecans, made-from-scratch breads and candies and even fair-trade chocolates and coffees (from your favorite fair trade coffee roaster) are included in their gift-giving line-up. Visit their site to order and get 10 percent off fair trade coffee and chocolate this month.
PEACHDISH – for the farmers’market foodie in your life
For years, we’ve been running into some of Georgia’s best farmers at various events- farmers markets, Georgia Organics conferences, farm-to-table restaurants, food festivals and rural roads throughout Georgia…. But today, we can easily find their all-natural and certified organic foods on PeachDish’s website. If you’re not familiar with PeachDish, think meal-kits with a farm-to-table-Georgia twist. Flexibility for various diets, a commitment to sustainability and recipes from some of the South’s best chefs sets PeachDish apart from its competitors. Surprise your special someones with a PeachDish gift this Christmas. Also, enjoy $20 off their Holiday Feast Kit thru Dec. 13.
HANDS OF GUATEMALA – for your friends with wanderlust
In the coffee-growing region of Quiché, Guatemala, indigenous women formed a weaving cooperative to help support themselves and their communities when coffee harvests were low. Using familial techniques of dying threads and weaving fabrics, the Chajul women’s cooperative produces stunningly woven purses, wallets, scarves, kitchen accessories and more that are available for purchase online at Hands of Guatemala. Through the weaving co-op, women can work from home, which means they can take care of their children while earning an income. Members are also eligible for no-interest loans for medical expenses, which are paid for through craft sales and are nearly always repaid to the cooperative. Learn more about Hands of Guatemala and enjoy a sale on select items in their store. Get $15 credit when you order $100 online.
There you have it! Our holiday gift-giving guide. We love these guys and all they’re doing to make their little corners of the world a better place. We hope you love them too!