Weekend giveaway: Lil’ Soak

About Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

Today’s weekend giveaway comes from sponsor Lil’ Soak, a little company that’s “sewing hope with handmade goods.” They are a fair trade marketplace curating or designing stylish products through small artisans groups who share the same mission and values.

A portion of the sales of each good will journey back to the artisan groups to help fund education, shelter, health, food and micro-loans.

Lil’ Soak‘s co-founder, Sonya, loved creating and making things as a young child, which still holds true today. After a few years working in the corporate world as an analyst, she started making things, selling them, and giving back some of the profits to a charity. In 2004, she went on a volunteer trip to Northwest China, and was moved to do something, rather than passively giving.

Tim, the other co-founder, went to Davao, Philippines in 2007, and once he was there, there, it was unlike anything he expected. He knew he had to do something to try and make a difference, but he knew that to make a difference in something so big, it was going to take something sustainable, something that grew naturally, something between a business and a non-profit.  Something like Lil’Soak.

You can currently shop for jewelry, bags, and more from Africa, China, Cambodia, India, or the Philippines. And with every purchase made, you’re supporting the amazing work done by a variety of organizations—you can read more about them at Lil’ Soak’s blog.


Lil’ Soak wants to give one Simple Mom reader a $125 gift card to use in their store!  To enter, simply leave any comment on this post. (If you’re reading this via, you must click over to the post to leave a comment.)

This giveaway will end tonight, February 18, at 11:59. I’ll announce the winner soon after!

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  1. What a great vision and mission!
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  2. I love jewelry, bags, and more! And I love the Oxford comma!

  3. what a great organization! thanks for sharing about them.
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  4. What an amazing company and they have beautiful products!
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  5. Awesome company, I love their stuff, and would like to support them anyway but I would also love to win.
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  6. what a marvellous initiative, lovely pieces would make gorgeous gifts

  7. Those are beautiful!

  8. Great giveaway! I love all of the jewelry!

  9. What a great company!

  10. Beautiful creations with a great purpose :)

  11. Love this! What a great vision and passion!

  12. Great idea for a business. I like the products and the giveaway!

  13. Awesome company. Thanks for hosting this!
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  14. Beautiful necklace in the post! What a great giveaway and company!

  15. Love the ministry of this! Thanks for sharing….

  16. What a great idea! Thanks for the giveaway.
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  17. Oh, that necklace is really pretty! Love what they are doing!!
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  18. So beautiful!

  19. awesome giveaway and organization!

  20. What a great giveaway (and wonderful company)!

  21. wow! what a great give-away. such lovely items. I need to buy a gift for a “big birthday” for my mum. An item from Lil’Soak would be fantastic – something beautiful but with a great message behind it.

  22. So beautiful, both the jewelry and the cause!
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  23. What a cool organization!

  24. Wow! An amazing giveaway from a special company. Sweet!

  25. I love companies like this that give women a chance to do meaningful work for meaningful pay.

  26. Love this post, that necklace is really pretty.

  27. I’m from the Philipines, so I think this is a great organization, especially since it is focused on empowering the people with a livelihood. Beautiful stuff, too!

  28. How neat! Thanks for sharing this amazing company with us!

  29. Beautiful store, love all the cute earrings. Thank you for sharing this, what a great company

  30. What a lovely organization! I’ll definitely be giving them some business! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Fascinating website with some beautiful gifts

  32. This is a wonderful company. I loved everything especially the jewelry.

  33. Looks lieu a wonderful company doing some real good. Thanks for sharing!

  34. yes please! I’d like to win.

  35. Sounds like a great sustainable business!
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  36. What a great idea! I would love this prize!

  37. Great company with great products!

  38. Lovely projects and wonderful creations. I just LOVE the Deku Charm Metal Wrap bracelet.

  39. Sounds like a great idea!
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  40. Thanks for sharing!
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  41. What beautiful things!

  42. Beautiful! I would love to win!
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  43. Nice jewelry!

  44. It was great to learn about this company! I would love to win the gift card.

  45. that necklace is gorgeous in the post. this sounds like a great organization

  46. I love the necklace featured above. Checking out the link now!

  47. What a wonderful venture! Shopping and helping. Two of my favorite things.

  48. Love the mission behind these ideas!
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  49. My parents have a ministry in the Philippines. The ladies there make paper jewelry and sell it to have enough money to live on. Lil’ Soak is such a great ministry, a great cause to help. Thanks for telling us about it and for the chance to win.
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  50. I’m so impressed by what looks like beautiful work, and I LOVE that the proceeds are helping people in need.

  51. What a great company! I’d love to win!

  52. That turquoise necklace is gorgeous. What a great mission!

  53. such a beautiful necklace!

  54. So neat. Would love this!

  55. Very cool! And a beautiful necklace.

  56. What an amazing business! Thanks for the opportunity!

  57. It touches my heart that this wonderful company is blessing people around the globe.
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  58. I would love to win this! What a great mission!
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  59. Oh, I love giveaways that tell me about companies that do good!

  60. love it!

  61. What an amazing company!

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    Jennifer D says:

    Wonderful giveaway! I love the Tibetan dolls and the wooden jewelry.

  63. how fun to find this — i actually know the missionaries who founded one of the affiliates! what a blessing to know they are getting support from a great ministry!
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  64. Awesome! What a great opportunity!
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  65. What a great way to try and help people around the world! =)

  66. Gorgeous products, and beautiful idea!

  67. What a great way of helping people! The Lil’ Soak products are lovely to boot!

  68. What an amazing organization. I look forward to browsing their site. Count me in, please :)

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    Jackie cooper says:

    Great business model! I’d love some new jewelry!

  70. Thanks for introducing us to this new fun organization!

  71. Love this. Would love to win.
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  72. that turquoise and wood necklace is amazing. love this organization!

  73. Beautiful items and what a great idea.

  74. My goodness their items are beautiful! I would love to win.

  75. Comment, comment, comment! Thanks for highlighting this organization. Would love to win. :)

  76. I love shopping with a purpose!!

  77. Sounds like L’il Soak hits it on the nose for everything I believe in… Would love to win, but will certainly try to support them no matter if I win or not!

  78. What a great organization! I love the necklace that is shown!

  79. Thank you for sharing this organization with us. The products are beautiful.

  80. avatar
    Kate Battistelli says:

    What a beautiful way to make a difference in the world! I absolutely love the mission and the beautiful products. Glad to now know about this organization.

  81. What lovely products and organization!

  82. This sounds like a great company. This was the first I had heard of them. Will keep them in mind.

  83. What a wonderful vision!

  84. Wow. . .amazing company, generous giveaway. Thanks for highlighting this ministry!
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  85. Lovely, thanks for the giveaway.
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  86. I love this. We live overseas and i am praying about what I can do to help the ladies that live near me. I love to sew, too. We’ll see!

  87. What a great ministry!

  88. What a wonderful company!

  89. so many lovely things. I am going to book mark the site for when I am looking for gifts. I think I will get one of the bags for myself.

  90. beautiful! love all the products!

  91. Looking forward to learning more about Lil’ Soak!

  92. Wow – so generous! Thank you. Love to learn about organizations like this. Thanks, Tsh.
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  93. This is fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway.

  94. wow, this stuff looks great, thanks for the giveaway. i am going to pass this on to my sister!

  95. What a cool organization, I’d love to win! Thanks!

  96. Great vision, beautiful products!
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  97. The products are gorgeous and reasonably priced! Would love to win this…but might make a purchase anyway!

  98. What an awesome company and giveaway!

  99. Love groups like this! Thank you for such a generous giveaway!

  100. avatar
    Georgia Monroe says:

    whoop whoop! how nice!