Weekend giveaway: Lil’ Soak

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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. Thanks for sharing! I love finding out about cool companies that do so much good when we buy from them.

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      Lorena Barzanti says:

      So happy I came across with Simple Mom website, since I registered at the beginning of the year I look forward every week for the newsletter and all the inspiring ideas and helpful tips. Everything that helps other women around the world is a must, well done everyone.

  2. Spent some time on Lil’ Soak’s website and LOVE their stuff. Would love a gift card! ;)

  3. We have been waiting 15 months now to adopt from Ethiopia, so any organization that supports Ethiopians has a place in my heart! Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

  4. How cool! Hope I win!!

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    Luisa Sunderland says:

    What a great organization!!

  6. Thanks! This is great!

  7. I WANT IT!

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    Alisha Ralston says:

    Very cool! What a great organization! Would love to win that gift card.

  9. Woot! for weekend giveaways :)

  10. I love companies that empower women and families to use their gifts to raise their standard of living. Awesome company!

  11. What a great giveaway! What a great mission! Blessings

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    Jennifer A. says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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    Jahna lakeman says:

    Such a neat deal!

  14. I LOVE handmade, and I LOVE wonderful and thoughtful background stories. This sounds like a great place to support. : )

  15. Wonderful company…great giveaway. Thanks for bringing awareness to this worthy organization.

  16. I love this kind of project! Would love to win!

  17. What an amazing organization!

  18. What lovely stuff…would definitely love to win!

  19. I think that is awesome – I have bought things from our church who tries to help women in India who make bags to become independent.
    AWESOME job and I would love to win and pass along the info when people ask me where I got the great stuff!

  20. Thanks for sharing this!

  21. That sounds like a great company!!

  22. Very cool! Please enter me :)

  23. When you give a person the ability to support their family, magic happens. Wonderful!

  24. What a great cause & group!

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    Sallie Belle Howell says:

    Lil Soak…what a great company!

  26. sounds awesome!

  27. What a wonderful idea!

  28. What a nice give-away! I’d love to win! Nice to have a giveaway where you don’t have to do a zillion things to enter, too! Thanks!

  29. enter me, please! Looks like a neat company.

  30. Great giveaway!

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    Christine Vande Guchte says:

    This looks like something worth supporting! Looking forward to winning the gift card and getting some beautiful stuff to help promote this lovely business!!

  32. Awesome ministry! Have bought from similar organizations, but never Lil Soak. Thanks for spreading the word!

  33. I love the picture of the smiling artists! That makes the purchase so much more worthwhile!

  34. Thanks for sharing… really nice products… and a feel-good purchase!

  35. Ooooo! I love EVERY pair of earrings in the shop!! I would love to win! :)

  36. What a beautiful idea! Thank you for the opportunity to do something good <3

  37. Would love this gift card!

  38. Love ministries like this!

  39. I love ‘Lil Soap! Thank you for the opportunity to win and support!

  40. What a beautiful site with an even more beautiful mission.

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    Sarah Raines says:

    Wow, I am truly impressed and inspired. Can’t wait to browse their site!

  42. As a crafter, I appreciate the handmade. This sounds like a great company I’ll have to check it out. Winning would be a great start ;)

  43. Wonderful idea!

  44. I love when I find a new place to shop, and their blog is a gold-mine of fair-trade information.

  45. this is great!

  46. What an amazing company and such a worthwhile cause. Their products are lovely, and I would love to win!

  47. Beautiful jewelry, and what a great mission! Please enter me in your giveaway.

  48. Lovely work!

  49. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  50. Very cool business idea!! :)

  51. This reminds me of Ten Thousand Villages. I love that there are many options for actually paying the artisan fair wage. Every laborer is worth their hire.

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    Elsa gerard says:

    What beautiful products and doing good at the same time.

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    Kathleen Hall says:

    Love the idea of providing an outlet for selling these products.

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    Marci villanueva says:

    What a great business to support!

  55. What a fabulous concept!

  56. I love that they were willing to do something when they saw a need!

  57. Thanks for this giveaway. I think the turquoise necklace shown above is beautiful, and the story that accompanies it is very touching.

    Blessings.

  58. Yay! I can’t think of anything better than helping exploited people. Thanks!

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    Julie Forry says:

    What a wonderful idea! And what a blessing this has brung to many. Love, love, love the products! Hope I may be blessed with winning! :)

  60. Cool!

  61. I love it! Thank you for always sharing such unique little treasures that I would never hear about or find on my own :)

  62. Simply amazing idea!

  63. This sounds like an amazing project and their products are awesome, thanks for sharing Tsh!

  64. Love that necklace!

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    Melissa Ferguson says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’d love to win, but also love keeping a list of companies like this to refer to at Christmas, birthdays, etc.

  66. Beautiful! People are so amazing when they help eachother. And wow that jewelery is so so gorgeous.

  67. What a wonderful giveaway!

  68. Thank you for the giveaway!

  69. Thanks for sharing! I really like the jewelry!

  70. Such a fabulous company (and a fabulous giveaway)!

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    Nancy Mosley says:

    I checked out the store and they have some really pretty things. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Nancy M

  72. Thank you for highlighting such a cool organization. I love discovering vendors like these. p.s. That necklace is beautiful!

  73. Beautiful collection…those necklaces, especially! Wonderful to support artisans like these.

  74. What an awesome, inspiring vision! I have friend who makes paper bead jewelery and all of her proceeds goes to an orphanage in Africa. I love reading stories like this that make me want to buy something beautiful that supports a worthy cause. Thanks for sharing!

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    Pravina Hegde Patil says:

    A noble cause!

  76. My brother lived in the Philippines for years. He is very interested in starting something like this. He feel in love with the people and wants to help them.

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    amy gallant says:

    love business ideas like this- building community across the globe!

  78. Terrific!! What a great concept, company and giveaway!!!!

  79. What a neat group. Thanks for sharing!

  80. just love it when people are passionate about helping others and serving God.

  81. Beautiful in every way :) ~Elise Adams

  82. Great vision and it’s making a difference in the lives of people! Would love to win…

  83. I love reading about companies like this! I will have to head over there and take a look around!

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    Christina Larson says:

    Great story! I love to support businesses like this!

  85. These are wonderful projects, I love the jewelry especially!

  86. What a great cause! I love finding out about organizations with positive missions that help those in need.

  87. Love this idea!! Love that necklace! Teach them to fish, rather than giving them fish! So smart. When my children are grown this is what I am going to spend my talents and energy on. Brilliant!

  88. Love this concept!

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    Tracy in NJ says:

    Thanks for the opportunity

  90. I’d love to soak up a Lil Soak!

  91. What a great idea! I’d love to win!!

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    Nana Nancy says:

    Sonya is a hero I want to emulate! Thanks for sharing such a heartwarming story.

  93. Gorgeous necklace even better organization!

  94. Very nice!

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    Katrina Stansfield says:

    I love sourcing fair trade items for thoughtful, unique gift ideas. Why buy mass produced items from the High Street when we can now purchase beautiful handmade items and assist other talented women around the world at the same time. Best wishes Lilsoak

  96. I love to support stores like that. What great publicity for them!

  97. Wow! What a neat organization! Thanks for the giveaway!

  98. What a great idea.

  99. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity and for sharing such an amazing organization with us.

  100. Everything looks so wonderful! Definitely have to ‘pin’ this site!