Stylemaker Homes – Gives
Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have. -Oprah Winfrey
A woman is the foundation of her family and a critical member of her community. Stylemaker Homes is 100% woman owned. I am lucky to live where I can wear what I want, criticize my government without being shot, that my child will not become a child-soldier, that I am well nourished, that my family is not dying from an easily treatable disease, and that I can read, create, contribute and help others less fortunate than I without being punished.
With the success of my company, I am very aware that the majority of women and girls in the world do not have the same opportunity to dream, go on adventures or explore their ambitions. Most cannot read, let alone take food and eating for granted. They do not have “food security”.
After reviewing the top-rated women’s empowerment non-profits, I’ve decided that a portion of our profits will be donated annually to non-profits that help feed women and children, and support literacy.
- Locally here on the Eastside of Seattle we have gardened and donated a portion of our crops to Hopelink in Redmond through our Marymoor Community Garden plot and will continue to provide locally grown and organic food for those in our community who need it. New for 2015, we will be adding the Issaquah Food Bank through their outreach with the Sammamish Community Garden, where we also have a plot.
- New for 2015, we will be donating to Heifer International. Families receive gifts of honey bees, chickens, pigs, cows, etc. The programs at Heifer are outstanding in that not only do they help families with food security and nutrition, but by helping families to become farmers they gain income, which typically allows their children to go to school or stay in school longer. I’ve always liked that families who receive a gift (of honeybees, chickens, a goat, etc.), must pass that gift along to another family.
- Also new for 2015, we’ve decided to focus on one region to help improve its literacy rates. For 2015 we’ve selected Guyana, a country we are excited to learn more about. For example, we never knew that there was a country in South America where English is the official language. How will we help? We are currently exploring opportunities with SAGE and World Teach, and are open to hearing about any literacy programs in Guyana you may know about.