5 Gifts that Make a Difference

Thursday, November 29, 2012 5:34 PM | Wonder Women of Boston (Administrator)


By Jeanne Dasaro



Find a gift for anyone on your list while shopping with 5 Massachusetts-based companies whose products and services give back and make a difference.
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Prosperity Candle

Prosperity Candle‘s holiday collection features handmade candles and gifts from all over the world, from women artisans right here in the U.S. to Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and more. Their mission is simple: empowering women in and from distressed areas of the world through entrepreneurship and candle-making. What’s more, every gift comes with the story of the woman who made it, allowing you to send messages of hope through Prosperity Candle’s website. Fostering connections between creators and consumers: a perfect antidote to big box retail and meaningless mass-market holiday gifts! Learn more at http://prosperitycandle.com
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LEAP Organics

The idea for LEAP Organics was created during many runs around the Charles River in Boston by its founder, Luke Penney…all of those post-run showers were the perfect testing ground for a great cleansing soap! All of LEAP’s soaps are produced in VT and the company is run out of Cambridge, MA.  LEAP is a member of 1% For The Planet and donates a minimum of 1% of sales to environmental non-profits.  In addition, LEAP is a Certified B Corp, and in 2012, was named a “Best For The World” B Corp for creating the most overall positive social and environmental impact.  Learn more at www.leaporganics.com.
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Taza Chocolate


Taza Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate maker and the only producer in the U.S. of 100% stone ground, organic chocolate crafted from Direct Trade certified cacao. They roast, winnow, grind, temper, and package their chocolate in-house and by hand. Taza Chocolate is proud to make chocolate that is good to eat, clean for the planet, and fair to farmers. Taza offers several tours each week of their factory in Somerville, Ma., and have an on-site retail store. Learn more at http://www.tazachocolate.com/
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Project Have Hope

Project Have Hope empowers women in Uganda by providing them with the education and financial resources to create financially sustainable livelihoods. The women are talented artisans who make beautiful, colorful hand-craft jewelry from recycled paper, glass and old coins. Project Have Hope, based in Malden, Ma., uses the revenue from jewelry sales to fund educational and economic programs. Learn more at http://projecthavehope.org
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Small Can Be Big

SmallCanBeBig.org is a new way to help based on a simple premise: give everyone a more direct, more personal, more local and more shared way to help those in need, and big things can happen. SmallCanBeBig.org is unique – whether it’s $3 or $300, every last penny you give goes directly to address a specific need, rent or utility bill or medical expense, so the impact of your donation is immediate – for you and for the family you’re helping. Learn more at http://smallcanbebig.org

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