beyondBeanie: Made to Empower

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I stumbled upon beyondBeanie several months ago and was drawn in by their bright colours and mission of empowerment. After getting in touch, they provided me with a collection of gorgeous handmade bracelets from their new collection. The bracelets are filled with bright colours, making them perfect for summer and easy to mix and match with other accessories.
beyondBeanie is an up-and-coming social clothing company that not only produces handmade beanies and accessories, but provides meals, school supplies, uniforms, and dental care to children in need, all while supporting the work of a talented artisan in Bolivia.

beyondBeanie was formed after a trip to Bolivia. Whilst enjoying the local culture and breathtaking sceneries that Bolivia has to offer, Tito noticed many women artisans making and selling hand-made woolen products on the streets of La Paz. He also noticed the presence of street children making a living by selling sweets, doing street performances or asking tourists for money for food.

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Although Bolivia is a country rich in traditions, life can be quite challenging for people such as women artisans who to an extent are the ones keeping Bolivian culture alive through their knitting and making of artisan work.

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Impressed by the artisans’ creations and wanting to support their work, Tito brought some beanies back to Europe. Once winter set in, people often asked him where he got the cool and colourful beanies from. And thus the idea for beyondBeanie was born. Paty started making numerous trips from Cochabamba to La Paz to meet the artisans who made the initial bB prototypes and learnt that many of them came from challenging backgrounds and led difficult lives. Several were single mothers with little or no education who struggled to provide their children with basic necessities such as food and appropriate winter clothing.

Every item is hand-signed by the artisan who made it. A unique feature of beyondBeanie is that you can contact the artisan and send a message of appreciation… or simply a hello.

So, what does your purchase mean to a child in need?

1 BEANIE = 5 MEALS

1 BAG = 1 SET OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES

1 PONCHO = 1 SCHOOL UNIFORM

1 BRACELET = DENTAL CARE

Making a difference in the life of a child and female artisan is that simple. Please be sure to follow beyondBeanie on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can support their efforts by shopping their collections, here.

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