I'm delighted to partner with Fair Trade company Bajalia for today's sponsored post and giveaway! Thank you, Bajalia, for supporting Life+Style+Justice!
Fair Trade retailer Bajalia's catchphrase, Changing the World while Shopping the World, encompasses the company's goal of using commerce to create a better world for their artisan partners in 28 countries around the world. With a workforce that is 90% women, Bajalia lists combatting violence against women and promoting girls' education as two of their highest priorities- which is how the brand captured my attention!
Bajalia's beautiful range of handbags, jewelry, and accessories features bold, bright, statement pieces for every fashionista. Bajalia offered to send me an item from their newest range to give away to a lucky Life+Style+Justice reader, and I choose the Vandana layered necklace.
The Vandana Sandalwood Layered Necklace is inspired by rosaries and made by artisans in India. When I opened the box Bajaila sent me containing this piece, I immediately got an "Eat, Pray, Love" vibe- I can totally see Julia Roberts traveling the world while wearing it! In these photos, I wore it styled a bit higher than it actually hangs (the longest of the three necklaces hits my hip) to pair it with a sweater and heels, but it would also look amazing worn long with a sundress or a loose cotton blouse.
One of my favorite things that ethical companies do within their marketing is give their artisans a platform to tell their own stories and speak for themselves. Bajalia's artisans are given a chance to do so, and their words are beautiful and heartwarming:
"if the business boosts like this, I will adopt a child from a hospital and give her an education"
"We love living in our village and do not want to move to the city- we just need more work"
The fair wages that Bajalia pays are negotiated by the artisans themselves, and they make anywhere from 5-7 times the above the standard living wage in their respective countries. Bajalia's sister non-profit provides additional training and education, plus community development initiatives.
All Bajalia products are made with ethically sourced materials, and all the fine jewelry you'll find within their product range is made with conflict free minerals and conflict free gems.
Ready to try your luck at adding the Vandana necklace to your own jewelry collection?
UPDATE! Our winner is Yvette L! Check your email to claim your prize!