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. Thanks for sharing! What a great way to help others :)

  2. Love the philosophy behind this organization. What heart!

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    Penny Fairman says:

    Wonderful idea! Love your blog btw.
    Penny

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    Deborah Hardy says:

    I love the vision of this company & what it is doing for the lives for these women and their families.

  5. i just love supporting handmade & fairtrade businesses like this! thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Wonderful company! Great giveaway. Thank you.

  7. Sounds great, love that turquoise necklace!

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    Jeanette Albright says:

    What a wonderful giveaway!

  9. avatar
    Jaclyn Ley says:

    What a wonderful thing to do!

  10. Wonderful work!

  11. Love this concept!

  12. Such a great idea

  13. Beautiful jewelry!

  14. What a great mission! Thanks for the opportunity.

  15. I would love to win!

  16. beautiful

  17. What an amazing idea for a wonderful cause!

  18. Love all the creative items .

  19. They have some very pretty jewerly. But I think my very favorite is the turtle pin cushion!

  20. Beautiful items and a great mission.

  21. Nice giveaway and wonderful organization–thanks for the chance!

  22. I love this mission!

    Thanks for sharing.

  23. Love it! This reminds of one of my favorite stores, 10,000 Villages, but an online version so that when I leave Kansas City I can still browse! :-)

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    Peggy Nagy says:

    So excited to find out about this company.

  25. beautiful jewerly!

  26. Fair Trade is one of the best ideas that I have seen
    in a long time…Their products are delightful!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  27. This amazing!thanks so much!

  28. Beautiful pieces…and a great mission!

  29. Very cool: reminds me of Amani Ya Juu!

  30. I would love to win this!

  31. Beautiful jewelry! What a great giveaway. :)

  32. Been searching for a cute diaper bag alternative…and I love the striped tote bag in the shop. Thanks for sharing this!

  33. I’m glad to know about them, whether I win or not!

  34. beautiful company mission. count me in!

  35. avatar
    Julie Chapman says:

    Thank you for the introduction to such a beautiful company!

  36. Beautiful mission and beautiful jewelry. <3

  37. What a great organization and a beautiful mission!

  38. Fabulous business! I would love to support them.

  39. WOW!! Can’t wait to do birthday shopping for my girls at this link : ) : )

  40. I LOVE companies like this! Our family currently buys family gifts from World Crafts which is very similiar! Thanks for the oppurtunity to win!

  41. Lovely items and a great purpose. I know I’ll be back to the website for a few birthday presents and special treats. Thanks for sharing this wonderful business.

  42. What a great organization! Would love to win!

  43. What a wonderful group! And how generous of them!

  44. I have my eye on some super cute earrings:)

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    Jocelyn Skelly says:

    Wow, what a great idea for a company!

  46. Thanks for the chance!

  47. Sounds great, enter me!

  48. Hi and thank you so much for this opportunity to win! This is such a great company and a very generous offer!

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    Jolene in Michigan says:

    Looks like beautiful stuff!

  50. I’ve always had a passion for handmade items, especially jewelry. Love it!

  51. Great organization, beautiful jewelry!

  52. What a lovely company with a great purpose. Thanks for the spotlight on them.

  53. Wow! Love this<3

  54. Gorgeous items! Thanks for bringing this to light!

  55. What gorgeous jewelry!

  56. Very interesting! Love the necklace you pictured!

  57. avatar
    Diane Williams says:

    I love organizations that help people help themselves! By the way, where did the name come from?

  58. Fingers crossed!!

  59. How fantastic! I would love to be able to do something like this!

  60. thanks for introducing me to lil’ soak – love the honeycombed ear rings on their site!

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    Susan Moyer says:

    What a great way for women to earn money and then even contribute to a charity!

  62. This is awesome! I love fair trade stuff!

  63. Great plug for a good cause. Love to win.

  64. Oh My! What a wonderful giveaway; I love supporting businesses that help others.

  65. That photo of the turquoise necklace is heavenly! :) I’m so happy to hear about these people working together toward a common vision. It’s inspiring!

  66. Would love to win! Love your site too!

  67. What an incredible company! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  68. avatar
    Joan Shore says:

    Gorgeous concept and product!! Win/Win situation!!

  69. Beautiful things from a beautiful company!

  70. cool stuff!

  71. Lovely necklace. Yes, please enter me.

  72. Read up a little when you first linked to them…great project. As I browsed through their items I started a mental “wish list”. :)

  73. Wonderful concept! thank you for the entry!

  74. This sounds like a great company! Thanks for the chance to win.

  75. avatar
    Kristina Morris says:

    Beautiful stuff! Great purpose! Love!

  76. What an awesome giveaway! Thank you!

  77. Thanks!

  78. avatar
    Sarah Allenstein says:

    Beautiful story, great company. Wish there were more like them out there!

  79. Great company! Beautiful products and mission.

  80. love this!

  81. What a beautiful company!

  82. What a great organization!

  83. Very beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. Amazing giveaway and great cause! I love stuff like this.

  85. Inspiring!

  86. Love that aqua bead necklace!

  87. I love companies like this.

  88. They have some great items I would love to own

  89. avatar
    Elisa Melani says:

    What a great company!

  90. I love shopping with a purpose. I have several pieces of jewelry from Destiny Rescue and I love telling the story when I get a compliment.

  91. avatar
    Jill Adrien says:

    This sounds amazing!

  92. I love the mission that you are on! I love owning products that when I hold them in my hand I know that a real human being made them and put love into the creation. Thank you for the work that you do. I think that you are making a difference in the world with your business.

  93. Great organization!

  94. What a wonderful organization…and fabulous jewelry and accessories!

  95. I would like to win!

  96. Wonderful!

  97. What a great organization and what awesome goods they make. Thank you for the chance to win and for blogging about Lil’ Soak.

  98. that is wonderful!

  99. What a great company and gorgeous products! Thank you for sharing with us. I’d love to win!

  100. Wonderful group…so glad to have learned about it!