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Want to feel good about your holiday shopping? Choose gifts that give twice by bringing relief and opportunities to women all over the world. Organizations such as Citta, Women for Women International, Zarif & Royah, and Assisi Garments are helping residents in developing countries sell their handmade crafts and clothing. Going beyond fair trade certification, these programs use profits to empower women—teaching job skills, providing medical treatment, and granting micro-loans for small businesses.
American retailers like Kate Spade, Anthropologie, and Barney’s sell items made by women rebuilding their lives. But if you’re trying to avoid crowded stores, organizations such as the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz, California, and online boutique Global Girlfriend sell items on the Web.