But what if the scarf did more than that? What if it helped take a young girl out of the sex trade? What if it helped a woman climb out of poverty? Welcome to FashionABLE, the Addis Ababa organization that gives at-risk Ethiopian women a new shot at life. Rather than simply hand the women money, FashionABLE is a sustainable business, training the women to make beautiful, handmade cotton scarves ($28-$44) out of Ethiopian cotton harvested from local fields. The scarves are then sold around the world, earning the women steady income and a new craft. Each one is named after a woman whose life has been transformed by the business and comes with a hangtag with a note from her about how her life has changed. If you've been following the ONEMoms — a group of US moms who traveled through Ethiopia to learn about ONE's efforts to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease — you saw how much these scarves can help, and now realize just how lucky we are to raise our kids out of such harsh conditions.
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