Socially Responsible

YEVU Clothing, Ethically Made in Ghana
When Anna Robertson was volunteering in Ghana's Accra, she heard the word "yevu" a lot—and now, the local Ewe term for "white woman" is the name of her brand. Founded in 2013, YEVU was born of Robertson's fascination with the traditional wax print...
Etkie Jewelry: Investing in Women
by Madison Kahn Buying a piece of jewelry is rarely a philanthropic endeavor, but Etkie is changing that. The new social enterprise partners with Native American women artisans in New Mexico to sell beautiful beaded bracelets at fair prices. In...
Love Grain
There's a new ancient grain in town, and it goes by the name of teff. The tiniest grain in the world is native to Ethiopia, where it's mainly used to bake injera; the flatbread that's a national dish and eaten daily in households. Teff is a nutritional...
East Van Roasters
Just a short walk from Vancouver, BC's historic Gastown neighborhood lies East Van Roasters. Situated in the city's Downtown Eastside neighborhood, the airy facility fills the surrounding blocks with a nutty, toasted scent. The recently opened non...
Entoto Beth Artisan
Farmers till the fields in Ethiopia, harvesting artillery shells and re-purposing the casings left from the African nation's civil war. Such is the inspiration for Entoto Beth Artisans, a fair-trade business helping transform destruction into beauty...
Miguel Cardona's Coffee Cups for Charity
by Eva Glettner Miguel Cardona is a professor of design and an illustrator with an unusual canvas: the paper coffee cup. No subject is off limits for Cardona—in fact, the more obscure, the better; be it Breaking Bad's Walter White, aliens or sea...
After spending several years working in the international aid community around Sub-Saharan Africa, frustration set in for Canadian Tal Dehtiar. Money intended to stimulate struggling economies seemed to dissipate with little to show for it in terms...