Inspire mom with a Mercy Kit, earrings and the stories behind them

April 16, 2010

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    William Hazard  </span>
    I smile every time I see this photo from one of our annual family vacations. Here my mom, Eva, wrangles both me and my brother Erik. Photo: William Hazard
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    Your mom will receive a beautiful card describing the impact of your donation on women in need — and a pair of striking fair trade leaf earrings. Photo:

I love Mother's Day. No, I'm not a mother myself — but I love a day that makes me stop to appreciate the person who has the most to do with the person I am today. Because, let's face it — none of us really do it enough.

My mom's name is Eva and she's a saint. No, really. She raised me and my brother with a grace and sense of humor I can only hope to one day emulate with my own children — and that leads me on a continual search for meaningful ways to say thanks for all that she's done for me.

This Mother's Day Mercy Corps is pairing our Women's Leadership Kit with a beautiful pair of fair-trade earrings handmade by women in Kenya. This $75 kit supports our work, which includes providing the training and support for women in developing countries to become entrepreneurs and community leaders — and the earrings make for an extra-special gift for mom.

The earrings are imported by our partner Global Sistergoods — a fair-trade business run by two sisters who are also mothers. They work to connect women in developing countries with customers in Western markets through handicrafts and the stories behind them.

The earrings are handmade by a Kenyan-based cooperative of physically disabled women who came together to support themselves and their families. They proudly declare that "disability is not inability" and the cooperative now provides jobs to 160 people — allowing these moms to better care for their children and families.

So on May 9, be sure to remember your mom. And if you're still looking for a gift, consider one that will support mothers in Kenya and across the globe. Your mom will love the beautiful card and jewelry (I know mine will) — but perhaps more importantly, she'll be inspired by the stories behind them.