Etkie: Invest in Women’s Talent from New Mexico
A couple of months ago, I attended a TEDx Event in Hamburg, where I listened to the inspiring talk of Sydney Alfonso. Sydney was born in New Mexico, yet moved to San Francisco a couple of years ago. She was amazed by the handcraft talent of the native American women in her home area making jewelry and wanted to find a way to promote their talent by delivering access to international markets and thus financially and socially empower these women.
She funded etkie, a social jewelry company, partnering with Kiva, providing business opportunities to the native women to preserve their rich and diverse culture. Etkie is an online sales platform, that helps underserved women sell their products at fair prices to earn a higher income and eventually attain financial independence.
Through this blog post I want to reach out to all my readers in more than 100 countries to support Sydney launch a new wrap collection and continue on this amazing journey with more artisans! She has just started an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to collect 20.000 USD for this important next step. The Indiegogo community has already funded an amazing 10.000 USD. If you are interested in supporting these women and want one of these beautiful unique bracelets, check out the campaign HERE.