If you are a regular reader I’m hoping you know by now how I like to support brands with a purpose. Not just sustainable or fair trade, but the ones that through what they do support causes.
Hispid is one of those brands.
Hispid is a UK based clothing company, working to empower the women of Pakistan, living mostly under very steep economic conditions.
Their name comes from the Hispid hare. They employ to women like Nazia in Rawalpindi to give them work and help them express their creative qualities by making handmade garments. They work from the comfort of their own homes, which enables them to look after their children and be in a safe environment.
Materials are taken to their homes and then collected and dispatched to England when the products are complete.
Browsing through the selection of handmade scarves I was pleasantly surprised at the price, usually things of this nature, hand made and sourced from those countries attract quite a price tag. These are really reasonably priced products starting from £19.99!
Supporting this company will directly support the women trying to build trust in the eyes of their society; as confident, independent, and equal members of society.
Hispid are growing fast and are seeking to employ new women in poverty every month. I love reading about their longer-term vision to move into village development and open up a women’s rights institution. In so many third world countries women are second class citizens, they are treat differently to men, we have gang rapes and child marriages, sexual exploitation and bonded labour.
Showing women their value and worth is one thing but encouraging women to have value and worth is an incredible thing! This then transforms the generations under them, mindsets and expectations are changed and hopes and dreams are planted.
Check out this brand and their About Us page has some links where you can see a little more about the issues facing women in Pakistan.