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Past beneficiaries

Fashion Fights Poverty, first and foremost, works to highlight and support the important work of organizations throughout the world who spend every day addressing the challenges of global poverty. Our legacy of beneficiaries have provide support and critical aid to communities throughout the world, from textile cooperatives in India to beaders in Uganda. Despite their geographic diversity, what unites each organization are their successes in finding creative and innovative ways of fighting poverty and believing in the power and potential entreprenuerism. In 2009, FFP's activities will benefit its new programs and initiatives listed on our PROGRAMS page»

FFP Programs (2009)

The benefit will support projects that create income-generating and micro financing opportunities for artisans in developing countries. The event is one of DC's leading runway shows and according to The Washington Post, is "one of the largest fashion fundraisers is Washington, DC." This year's "Re" theme draws upon today's turbulent economic and social reality and the persistent call for reflection and change. FFP sees the recession as an opportunity to reassert what President Obama calls a new era of responsibility. For FFP, we see this as a return to creativity in fashion over trends; the emergence of a renaissance of the wearability of artful, well-constructed style.

The show will also mark the debut of FFP's inaugural scholarship competition, created for Washington-area high school students. Students will be challenged to design a garment using sustainable materials and write an essay describing their garment's concept, design, and execution. The winner will have the opportunity to participate in this year's show and will earn a scholarship to be applied toward design school. FFP also continues to promote its Dress Responsibly Campaign, which encourages consumers to select eco-friendly and ethical fashions and products.

Nest (2008)

Nest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries. The mission of Nest is to support women artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses. To do this, Nest provides micro-credit loans to be used for the purchase of the supplies and materials necessary to begin and/or maintain art or craft-based businesses.

The funds for these loans are generated by selling a unique line of clothing, accessories and merchandise for the home produced exclusively for Nest by a group of artists and designers. The Nest line also includes ceramic pottery, women's clothing and other items with the Nest logo. In addition to these exclusive items created by well-known designers, the recipients of Nest loans in developing countries also make their crafts available to Nest as repayment for the micro-credit loans. These items, too, are incorporated into the Nest line of merchandise. In this way, Nest draws together artists from across the globe into a cooperative network with a shared vision of mutual support.

When you buy from Nest, you have not only have purchased a unique and beautiful item for yourself or your home, you have participated in a proven effort to better the lives of women all across the globe. Through our work, and your participation, women all over the world are able to plant their roots in a refuge filled with warmth, solace, comfort and joy. It is our sincere hope that Nest can help you create a home, both for yourself and women the world over, filled with energy, beauty and peace.

Aid to Artisans (2007)

Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization, offers practical assistance to artisan groups worldwide, working in partnership to foster artistic traditions, cultural vitality, improved livelihoods and community well-being. Through collaboration in product development, business skills training and development of new markets, Aid to Artisans (ATA) provides sustainable economic and social benefits for crafts people in an environmentally sensitive and culturally respectful manner.

ATA helps artisans in the world's poorest areas create sustainable enterprises through multi-year programs which include:

  • Assessment of artisans' needs
  • Product design and development
  • Market readiness training - a hands-on, results-oriented program - offered on site and at international trade shows
  • Development of new local, regional and international markets
  • Commercial connections through its Market Link - direct contact between producer and importer.
To learn more about Aid to Artisans, turn to their website»

BeadforLife (2006)

BeadforLife eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished hard working Africans and North Americans who want to create a world that works for all. Through the production of handmade jewelry made of paper beads, Ugandan women generate income to lift their families out of poverty. Our members are women with HIV/AIDS and refugees from the war in Northern Uganda.

North Americans partner with Ugandans by opening their hearts, homes, and communities to buy and sell the beads. All profits from BeadforLife are invested in community development projects that, along with income generation, help people escape extreme poverty. This circle of caring and participation enriches us all.

To learn more about how FFP and BeadforLife worked together on behalf of Ugandan communities, click on the YouTube video. To learn more about BeadforLife, log onto their website»

 

A MESSAGE FROM TORKIN WAKEFIELD, FOUNDER OF BEADFORLIFE (October 5, 2006):

Greetings from Uganda . I want to tell you how pleased we are to be your beneficiary for the 2006 Fashion Fights Poverty. I showed some of your photos of the models in the beads to the Ugandan women who make the beads. They erupted in clapping, uulating, and huge exclamations. It was such a tender and exuberant moment of bridging your world and the impoverished fabulous women here. Your vision is wonderful... We are proud to partner with you. Our co-founder Devin Hibbard will be with you at the event and will convey the sense of excitement we all have about eradicating poverty...and we can not do this without the partnership of people in the resource abundant world who care. You, for instance. Have a wonderful wildly successful FFP show on the 27th. Here in Uganda we will be thinking of you.
Warmly,
Torkin Wakefield,
Director BeadforLife

US Committee for UNDP(2005)

The U.S. Committee for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP-USA) generates support in America for UNDP's mission and programs that improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world.

We support development projects in the areas of democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and the environment, and HIV/AIDS by raising funds and educating people in the United States about the invaluable work that UNDP's is engaged in around the world.