Brands that sell these: Mae Movement- maemovement.com; Lily and Laura (only in boutiques)
I am absolutely in love with these bracelets! I first heard about them through my collection of YouTube beauty gurus, the girls who I usually refer to for any new trends and tips. Once they started showing off these fun jewelry pieces in their videos, I knew I had to have them.
The story behind these colorful bracelets is that they are made by woman artisans in the Katmandu Valley of Nepal so that the ladies can sell them to people like us and not only provide for their families but also protect against Human Trafficking. Instead of these women and children having to travel far distances to work and risk being abducted along the way, they are able to sell something they love to make in the comfort and safety of their own villages and homes. Nepal has a high rate of human trafficking, so we are protecting many women just by purchasing these bracelets.
Here is what Mae Movement has to say about the situation, since I couldn’t paraphrase it enough to not risk downplaying its message:
“Ever year between 10,000-15,000 girls are tricked or sold into slavery, either as domestic, factory or sex workers. The girls are valued at extremely low costs, comparable to animals, usually between $600 and $1,000 dollars depending on age and beauty. Some of these girls are sold as young as 7 years of age. Living conditions for these girls is horrid. They are imprisoned in rooms and cages. Beaten, starved, and raped until their will is broken. More than half of these girls are HIVpositive and do not receive any health care. If girls are not sold they are often expected to work in areas of hard physical labor. They are lucky if they make 50 cents a day. By purchasing a Nepalese Mae Movement Bracelet you can help these women and children create a better life than one plagued by this tragedy.”
These bracelets sell online for $10 (but can be cheaper in boutiques) and can be fashionable for both guys and girls. I like to stack these like arm candy and pair with a watch and some gold accents. The great thing about these bracelets is that they complement any outfit, whether its elegant or casual.
TL;DR: Purchase these on-trend bracelets for ten bucks and save women in Nepal from the horrors of human trafficking.