Fair Trade and Good Times!
Pepper & Punjammies Party: May 5, 2011
Basically, it was 20 girlfriends gathering for food, wine, conversation, and shopping. Does it get any better than that? Oh yes…it does. 'Cause it was all for a good cause.
The first ever Pepper & Punjammies Party took place at Pepper Project HQ with items including pepper (black, red & white), spa products (Bodia) and Punjammies (all cotton wear, made in India). The good cause part comes in when you know that everything you buy goes to help women make better lives for themselves.
Each purchase of Cambodian Kampot pepper helps support the hard working farmers of southwestern Cambodia—an area devastated by the Khmer Rouge four decades ago—and each purchase of pepper comes in a cotton drawstring pouch created by women rescued from the sex trade of Phnom Penh. Punjammies are 100% cotton pajama bottoms, tees and tanks created by women rescued from the sex industry of India.
We buy the pepper pouches from Daughters of Cambodia. This organization reaches out to girls working in the sex trade and offers them ways out with the ability to learn a trade and to live a life with dignity. They are not only provided the means to earn a living, but also have access to healthcare, child care and social support services. The Pepper Project gives back 100% of the proceeds to Daughters to support their programs.
Punjammies are hand made from Indian Sari fabric by women who were formerly enslaved in prostitution in India. 100% of the proceeds from Punjammies is used to support the women who made them. Like the women at Daughters, these women now have marketable skills and are empowered to live free. Punjammies is an initiative of International Princess Project.
Future parties will include hand made jewelry benefiting safe houses in Thailand.
Join us! If you would like to host your own Pepper & Punjammies Party, please contact me at least 3 weeks in advance of your party date.