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.
It's no secret that we love scarves. More than just a trendy accessory, the gauzy scarf has become a mommy must have — just ask Jessica Alba, who says that she's always spotted in them because "if my baby has an accident — and I'm holding the baby — I can cover that accident up! So I'm not walking around with a big puke stain or poo stain on my shirt!" So we're always on the lookout for a scarf that does the job and helps tie a tired mama's outfit together.