We asked women social entrepreneurs to tell us about a gift they make that supports a cause, helps save the earth or raises awareness of an important issue. See the full list in our ‘Gifts With a Mission’ Guide. Today we feature:


Activyst Cosmetics Bag

Activyst Cosmetic Bag small
Product: Water-resistant bag made of Nicaraguan macen

Price: $34

Website: activyst.com

Buy a bag, fund girls sports — that’s the simple ethos behind Katie Rock’s company Activyst, which makes a number of athletic bags and apparel. Inspired by her travels and research in Nicaragua, Rock created the Los Angeles company to promote physical activity among girls around the world. Girls who play sports are healthier, more educated, more confident and happier, according to Rock. While in Nicaragua, she came across the bright water-resistant material used for her bags. These particular totes help support education and running expenses for girls in Ethiopia.

Editors’ Comment: The size is perfect for a purse or travel bag, and it comes in bright colors (coral, shown above, or turquoise) so you can find it in a flash. Plus, we love the cause – sports should be for everyone!

Learn more about Katie’s story here.

Find more gifts with a mission in our complete guide, 12 Holiday Gifts That Give Back.[/box_light]

Read the stories behind other gifts in our guide:

A Colorful Apron Ties Sustainability with Fun

An Ancient Fabric with a Modern Mission

Bundling up for a Good Cause

Designing a Huggable Gift for Kids

A Mom Creates an (Almost) Guilt-Free Eggnog

Finding One’s Calling in a Cup of Joe

Arf! A Chocolate Bar That Supports Pet Causes 

Editor’s Note: The Story Exchange is celebrating its 10th anniversary by launching the annual Women In Science Incentive Prize. Apply now for a chance to receive $5,000 in funding for your climate-related research or startup. Deadline: July 31. 

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