Weekend giveaway: Lil’ Soak

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by 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.

Giveaway!

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 idea for a business!

  2. Beautiful products and a great giveaway!

  3. Thanks for sharing info about such a great company!

  4. What a great business, making a difference in people’s lives!

  5. Yay for Lil’ Soak! <3 <3 <3

  6. Thanks for showing me another place to shop that gives back to the right people. Love it and love such wonderful and unique products.

  7. Amazing giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. What a great idea! Thanks!

  9. What a great oppertunity to make a difference in someone else’s life!

  10. $125? How generous of them. Hope to win! ;)

  11. This is great!

  12. Beautiful creations!

  13. Thi is great! I would love to win, but am thinking future gifts for friends and family from here are in order.

  14. What a great giveaway and a great way to help others!

  15. What a great organization, thanks for sharing. This would be a great site to shop for Mothers Day gifts!

  16. What a great organization, and beautiful products too.

  17. avatar
    Lynne Peterson says:

    I love this concept! Can’t wait to shop!

  18. am so excited about this!

  19. Love it!

  20. I Love learning about fair trade shops and organizations.

  21. avatar
    sonja lange says:

    I love the idea behind this – and the items look beautiful.

  22. Thanks for sharing this great organization!

  23. I’m glad to know about this organization, thanks!

  24. avatar
    Nicole Dufendach says:

    Love this company!

  25. Beautiful products

  26. avatar
    Jermaine D. says:

    Yea fair trade! I love to hear about another shop doing great things!

  27. avatar
    Christina P says:

    Beautiful accessories and a good cause. Love it!

  28. avatar
    Heather in Oregon says:

    I love their purpose and they have some truly lovely things. I know my daughter would love that children’s charm bracelet.

  29. Thank you for sharing this. Thank them for their vision. Blessings to all.

  30. What a wonderful and heartfelt company. There are some beautiful things on their site.

  31. Gorgeous! Thanks for the chance!

  32. Wow, what a generous giveaway. Perfect timing to get something spring-like.

  33. Wow the necklaces are great and I have never thought of wooden earrings before.

  34. Awesome giveaway. Seems like a great company!

  35. avatar
    Andrea Peterson says:

    I just spent 30 minutes lost on their website. It always amazes me the things people can do!! I bookmarked the shop too, to visit later to buy a few gifts. Thanks for sharing!

  36. What beautiful products! Bookmarking this site for Christmas time!

  37. What a wonderful organization!

  38. Sounds like a wonderful company, I am grateful for the chance to win! Thank you!

  39. I love their stuff. Beautiful.

  40. What a fantastic organization. I would love to support them. And the bags and jewelry are beautiful!

  41. avatar
    Lawana Gray says:

    Great company! Glad to have heard of them now.

  42. What a neat company. I can’t wait to check out their website.

  43. What a great organization. I would love to win this giveaway!

  44. Wow! How generous!

  45. Great vision and the jewelry is gorgeous!

  46. Great find! I like all the unique pieces.

  47. Great giveaway! I love this concept!

  48. I think programs like this are so awesome!

  49. What a beautiful idea!

  50. Beautiful jewelry!

  51. This looks like a “business” that I would like to support. Going to their website now…

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

  53. avatar
    christina.vd says:

    I think “social enterprise” might be the word for such an organisation. Lovely products and lovely mission. Would love to win.

  54. I want to vote with my dollars by purchasing more things from groups like this. Thank you for letting us know about them.

  55. What a wonderful mission!

  56. This is exactly the kind of organization I love to support!

  57. What a great organization. The jewelry is beautiful!

  58. Such beautiful jewelry. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

  59. Beautiful stuff and mission!

  60. I love this! Their business is simply beautiful…inside & out!!

  61. Wow, what a cool shop!

  62. Great idea and I love buying gifts from organisations like this.

  63. what a neat giveaway! i would love to win!

  64. Beautiful!!! I love the featured necklace… Gorgeous.

  65. Love supporting this! Beautiful things in their shop too.

  66. Cool beans! I would totally rock out that jewelry! Check YEAH!

  67. I am always encouraged when hearing about organizations like this. Very inspiring.

  68. We have supported a similar project that Wild Hope International does in Africa. Such a great thing! Thanks for spreading the word and for the great giveaway.

  69. What a great cause! I love supporting the world around me =)

  70. A wonderful business idea. :-)

  71. beautiful. thanks for the giveaway.

  72. Beautiful! Love that it really means more than just the product :) Good Luck everyone!

  73. What beautiful items, and such a wonderful business idea too! :o)

  74. Lovely! Thank you for a wonderful giveaway.

  75. avatar
    Dina Caballero says:

    what a great organization – thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Very inspiring!

  77. What a neat company!

  78. Beautiful items – awesome!

  79. VERY Nice!

  80. What a great organization – making a difference!

  81. How pretty – thanks for offering this

  82. I LOVE fair trade and the opportunities that if offers to people around the world. Having grown up overseas, I feel that this is such a win-win for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to travel and bless people in other countries by purchasing their items directly. Keep up the great work!

  83. i love that they even have fair trade nursing covers. :)

  84. i’m happy for anyone who wins, jen.

  85. I could use some little bags to keep my knitting things straightened out – nice to help a good cause doing it!

  86. What a great company!

  87. Sign me up. I love this.

  88. avatar
    Sharon Frame says:

    Inspirational and hopeful story. The blue beads pictured are beautiful!

  89. What a great idea, thank you for sharing.

  90. avatar
    Darcy Pfile says:

    What a beautiful idea!

  91. avatar
    Lindsay Sledge says:

    Great giveaway, fingers crossed!

  92. That’s amazing! And so generous to give away a gift card.

  93. avatar
    tasha schifsky says:

    Looks wonderful !

  94. This is great! Love it.

  95. avatar
    Leah Powell says:

    Love this! Thanks for letting us know about this site & for the giveaway!

  96. How inspiring! Thanks for sharing. I think I know what I’ll give for gifts this year.

  97. What amazing reasons to start a company!

  98. What a beautiful company!

  99. very cool!

  100. This looks like a great company!