Guilt Free Shopping!
We are excited to share with you our launch selection of ethical gifts that you can buy direct from the organisations we promote below all year round for every occasion or even just as a treat for you! We aim to grow this into a unique catalogue of ethical products and services so you know that your money is going to a good cause whilst treating you and your loved ones.
Something for Everyone – If you are struggling to find a gift for that person who ‘has everything’ why not buy them a gift that will help someone else on their behalf. We have donation opportunities that buy specific aid or services for those in need.
Each of the products or services we promote here serves at least one cause and supports local communities around the world. You can follow the links to learn more about the stories behind each gift below.
indiGO does not earn any money from this. All money spent on gifts goes directly to that organisation and therefore to support communities across the globe. We are just helping to spread visibility of these wonderful organisations and hopefully inspire you, so that when you wish to buy a gift, you buy an ethical gift.
In India for over 3000 years the caste system has meant that if you were born as one of the 250 million Dalits, also known as untouchables or outcastes, then your opportunities in life are extremely limited. The social limitations to this class includes education, health-care, employment and even places of worship. As a result of this hierarchical social class pyramid imagine how difficult it is to be an orphan amongst the Dalits – with no one to look out for them in a country where social services don’t exist and there are very few orphanages that could care for them.
Their beautiful candle pots are handcrafted in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai by skilled Dalit potters. This work is reserved for the low caste as anything associated with the earth is considered lowly employment under the caste system of India. The pots are filled with blended beeswax and combine Eastern skill with Western design to make a great gift. Their new range of Indian spices is also now available on their website www.dalit.co.uk
All the profits from the sale of Dalit candles go towards their work amongst the poor of India.
Kids Club Kampala
The aim of Kids Club Kampala is to bring hope and love to vulnerable children and to transform poor communities in the urban slums in and surrounding Kampala, Uganda. Founded in 2009, Kids Club Kampala was set up to overcome the lack of hope and self-esteem of children living in situations of extreme poverty, and works to bring about sustainable changes through various development projects and supporting basic needs.
They currently reach over 4000 children and their families every week, working with people who come from extremely poor households. The conditions in Kampala’s slums are shocking. People face problems of overcrowding, poor sanitation, insufficient shelter and food insecurity on a daily basis. Many families survive on just one meal per day and cannot afford to send their children to school. In addition to this many children have been orphaned, neglected or simply abandoned as a result of poverty or sickness.
You can support their work by buying one of their products from the link below and treasure it knowing it has been lovingly made by the people who Kids Club Kampala Supports! So treat yourself to a new African-Style Tablet Cover, or how about those beautiful African-Print Oven Gloves? Or perhaps you will be tempted by the Solid Elgon Teak wood Chopping Board. So many wonderful things to chose from!
Supporting Dalit Children
The Dalit community in India, also known as ‘The Untouchables’, sit on the lowest rung of India’s social ladder and make up a quarter of the population – 250 million in total. The word ‘Dalit’ comes from the Hindi language and means ‘broken’ or ‘crushed’. It is a word chosen recently by the Dalits themselves as it adequately describes their status. This in itself is a small, but progressive step towards their acknowledgement that the way they are treated within their own society is wrong.
They are believed to be unclean and must not touch anybody belonging to one of the four main castes. If they do, or even if their shadow falls on a caste member, the caste member is deemed to have been polluted and must perform a series of cleansing rituals in order to rid their body of this pollution. They are excluded from mainstream society, they are considered worthless and spiritually unclean, just because of the colour of their skin.
Supporting Dalit Children focus on the education of the Dalit Communities. They believe that education is the fundamental key for the Dalit children of today and their future generations. Xavier school and Kapepaladi school are already actively lifting Dalit children out of their poverty and oppression and this is why the charity supports them by sponsoring the education and boarding costs of as many of their children as possible.
All the proceeds from their products go directly towards educating another Dalit Child. This is definitely the place to buy your Christmas cards with a selection of beautiful designs, and our personal favourite, the bone china mugs! Stunning 😀
After reading the book ‘Half the Sky’ founder Katie Walker was inspired to learn and do more for pressing issues facing women and children in developing countries:
“Becoming a parent changes your perspective on love and life. I couldn’t simply forget or ignore what I had learnt about the terrifying issues facing women in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa; their lives and those of their children. As a mother and a woman, I feel a responsibility to help in any way I can.”
And so the concept of Believer was born and Katie was inspired to make change through ethical and fair trade jewellery, highlighting a social responsibility for product source and providing the public with an avenue to learn and help. You can see our process here
Believer isn’t simply jewellery, it’s a statement and a following of responsible shoppers who stand up for what they believe in and contribute to making positive change in the world, one cause at a time.
Believer gives 10-20% of their profits to an amazing and vitally important UK Children’s Charity WARCHILD. They also help spread awareness for WARCHILD whose mission is to see…
“A world in which children’s lives aren’t torn apart by war.”
War Child is directly transforming the lives of tens of thousands of children and they’re campaigning to improve the lives of millions more through delivery of powerful messages to Prime Ministers and their iconic, BRIT AWARD winning music projects.
To learn more about War Child’s work and how children are affected by conflict, watch the War Child BRIT 2013 video on the left hand side and the further videos which follow.
Gandys Flip Flops
Born from a simple idea at a music festival, Gandys was created by brot
hers Rob and Paul. With a bohemian upbringing travelling and volunteering all over the world the brothers wanted to create something unique and driven by their personal passio
n after the tragic loss of their parents in the Boxing Day Tsunami whilst the family was travelling. The brothers founded Gandys flip flops with the vision of creating a susta
inable social enterprise that would help but also inspire others to create change.
Gandys was founded on the principle commitment of using a portion of all profits to help disadvantaged children through the registered charity the Gandys Foundation.
10% of all Gandys profits go directly into the Gandys Foundation whose sole purpose is to support children in need of basic essentials such as shelter, nutrition, medication and education. We call this the “Orphans for Orphans” mission. It has already started to make an impact by funding children’s homes in India & Sri Lanka and the vision is to open them all around the world. The opening of the first children’s home will be built in memory of Rob and Paul’s parents, Kevin and Sandra Forkan, and will mark the 10th anniversary of the tsunami.
Ethical Addictions Coffee
Ethical Addictions Coffee are a passionate coffee company supplying excellent coffee DIRECT from the farm. They have a high value on quality of the coffee, how it is sourced and the service given to their customers. If great coffee with a great ethical story is of interest to you then they would be thrilled for you to join them on their journey.
They currently work with producers in Tanzania and Brazil. They set up in 2006 and in relationship with farms and villages soon realised the poorest and most vulnerable were the ones most easily slipping through the system.
They work directly, and buy directly from these farms and villages. They offer complete transparency of the whole process, not just traceability. It is easy to trace a source but information on how much farmers are paid and what conditions they have is elusive. They know the names of our farmers and can tell you exactly how much they are paid. They are also concerned about the care shown to the environment, to preserve our great planet, natural habitats, and a future for us all.
Take a look online to read more, to browse their shop, or get in touch.
On Call Africa – Global Giving
On Call Africa’s goals are
1) To conduct on the spot medical care in rural areas by the use of mobile medical clinics,
2) To provide health education to local populations and
3) Work towards a system of sustainable medical care in target areas.
On Call Africa provide medical services for thousands of people in Zambia’s rural Southern Provence, people who would otherwise have little or no access to essential health services. It works to strengthen the capacity of existing services to care for the immediate health needs of the community, such that it augments and expands existing services rather than replaces them.
Zambia is a landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa. There is a massive shortage of healthcare personnel in Zambia with 1 doctor to every 14,000 people. Several rural communities are in desperate need of healthcare, lying several kilometers from existing health facilities. These communities face enormous challenges including inadequate water supply and malnutrition.
On Call Africa mobile clinics have the capacity to treat a number of common complaints and diagnose many conditions including HIV, Malaria, STIs & pregnancy without requiring patients to travel to outstretched health centers. Dedicated antenatal & child health services make sure mothers & children are healthy during and after pregnancy.
If you want to buy someone a gift that is not a physical present, you can chose to donate towards rehydration therapy for children, pneumonia treatment for babies, maleria tests and so on by following the link here.