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:


Amazonian Wish Necklace

Amazonia Wish Necklace small
Product: Sterling silver necklace with Huayruro seed charm

Price: $32

Website: nayariva.com

While honeymooning in the Amazon rainforest, Genevieve Morganstern and her husband, Deven, came up with the idea for an online marketplace, Nayariva, that would sell goods made by woman artisans in the tiny village of El Chino. Each purchase of a ‘Wish’ necklace sponsors a nutritious meal for a child in a village. The necklace consists of a silver chain with a deep red charm, which is actually a seed of the Huayruro plant gathered from the rainforest. The Amazonians believe the Huayruro seed brings good fortune.

Editors’ Comment: We liked how the seed, which apparently is poisonous if eaten,  has special powers. Choose this gift for friends that are unlucky but well-fed!

Learn more about Genevieve’s story here.

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