Blisstree loves smart women who empower other women. Here’s our third group of super-cool charitable nonprofits run for women, by women.
Dutzi Rescue Bags: Designer bags to support indigenous Mayan communities in the Yucatan. Former fashion editor, Ariane Dutzi, started making these totes after moving to Mexico. She designs the lightweight burlap and raffia totes, and trains indigenous women to make them, so that the women can earn money while working from home at their own pace (no factories, no assembly lines).
Run For Congo Women: Organized races to support women in war and post-war zones like the Democratic Republic of Congo. When runner Lisa Shannon saw Women for Women International Congo on the Oprah show in 2006, she was moved to tears. She was also moved to do something about it, so she started running to raise money for women in Congo. Since then, she’s raised more than $600,000 through races in the U.S. to help Congolese women rebuild their lives.
Smiles Forever: Non-profit dental hygiene training for Bolivian women, provided by volunteer American dental professionals. Founded in 2003 by Sandra Robinson Kemper, who volunteered in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1999 and was shocked by the poor level of care. Back home, she did enough fundraising to return to Cochabamba a few months later, and independently provided dental care at a homeless shelter for women and children. She continued to return, eventually secured funding to create a two-chair dental training center, and recruited other volunteers to start teaching Bolivian women how to provide dental care themselves. The center now educates women at the shelter and provides dental services and fluoride treatments for the local community.