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Becoming skilled at a trade can often mean the difference between life and death for women and children in impoverished countries. Hands Up Not Handouts recognizes that reality, and is working hard to reverse it.

By peoplestaff225
Updated December 01, 2020 07:15 PM
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Becoming skilled at a trade can often mean the difference between life and death for women and children in impoverished countries. Hands Up Not Handouts recognizes that reality, and is working hard to reverse it.

Mentoring in the design and production of sweet grass earrings from Rwanda and wrap bracelets and cuffs from Palestine, this brand new organization empowers women to change their destiny with their own two hands. It has received a warm welcome from celebrity moms like Gwen Stefani, Kourtney Kardashian and Kelly Rutherford, each of whom have been spotted out and about in Hands Up Not Handouts one-of-a-kind pieces.

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The bright, cheerful bracelets and cuffs from Palestine are available in women’s and men’s sizes, and feature inspiring Arabic names and meanings that are specific to different regions within the West Bank: Beit Lahem, Beir El Sabe’, Hebron and Ramallah.

Kardashian — mom to Mason — is partial to the Widad cuff, which means love in Arabic, while Stefani — mom to Kingston and Zuma — prefers Faraj, meaning joy. The earrings from Rwanda make an equally bold statement, employing traditional basket-weaving techniques and are offered in a wide assortment of colors.

Ranging in price from $45 to $50, all proceeds from the jewelry are returned to the artisans who create them, leading Rutherford — mom to Hermés and Helena — to sign on as an ambassador for what she deems a “wonderful” organization.

“What I love about being a part of Hands Up Not Handouts is that they help women help themselves so that the women can enrich their own lives and the well-being of their communities,” she explains.