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When Brands give back and shopping is guilt free

Shopping is one of my favourite past times, be it online or in real life, I love to shop. However I dont always buy…

My Shopping habits:


 

“…I enjoy a good quality brand, but I am not a label shopper. It doesn’t have to say ‘Chanel’ or ‘Gucci’ to be sublime quality, I left all that stuff behind in my teens…”

 


 

Shopping isn’t all about buying, I consider shopping almost as research. I look at what’s on offer and who is doing it well, then I compare prices. I consider myself to be a savvy shopper. I avoid unethical brands and try to support local independent businesses and ethical brands whereever I am able.

I enjoy a good quality brand, but I am not a label shopper. It doesn’t have to say ‘Chanel’ or ‘Gucci’ to be considered as great quality, I left all that stuff behind in my teens…Uganda Homesense and TK Maxx

TK Maxx and Homesense are giving back to the children of Uganda.

This October two of my favourite brands Tk Maxx and Homesense will be selling a range of beautiful handmade baskets made by remote communities in western Uganda.

This exclusive range is part of their initiative to help disadvantaged families in Uganda to increase their incomes so they can afford to send their children to school

 

When Brands give back and shopping is guilt free

 


 

“I avoid unethical brands and try to support local independent businesses and ethical brands wherever I am able”

 


 

The income received from the sale of two baskets is enough to pay for one child to attend school for a term!.

TK Maxx and Homesense have been working in Uganda since 2008 helping more than 10,000 children in 12 communities to go to school.

A Brief  history of Uganda

Uganda is a small republic in central Africa, approximately the size of Britain. Uganda gained independence from Britain on 9 October 1962 as a Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. In October 1963, Uganda became a republic but maintained its membership in the Commonwealth of Nations.

Uganda Homesense and TK Maxx

Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world. In 2012, 37.8 percent of the population lived on less than $1.25 a day. To supplement their income, rural women may engage in small-scale entrepreneurial activities such as rearing and selling local breeds of animals. Nonetheless, because of their heavy workload, they have little time for these income-generating activities.

 


 

“The income received from the sale of two baskets is enough to pay for one child to attend school for a term!”


 

The poor cannot support their children at school and in most cases, girls drop out of school to help out in domestic work or to get married. Other girls engage in sex work. As a result, young women tend to have older and more sexually experienced partners and this puts women at a disproportionate risk of getting affected by HIV, accounting for about 57 per cent of all adults living with HIV in Uganda.

Bravo Tk Maxx and Homesense I say plus guilt free shopping for me!

Will you take a look and support these communities too?

Uganda Homesense and TK Maxx

The Unique Uganda Homeware pieces are available from TK Maxx online and all Homesense stores nationwide.

uganda homesense and tkmaxx

Bestest wishes to you and yours.

PS You can read about my TK Maxx patio picnic fun here, great idea for the kids during this half term?

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6 Comments

  1. 05/11/2017 / 10:39

    It’s great to read about this project Ashely, I’d no idea this was happening. I love to shop at TK Maxx and will take a look at these lovely baskets.

    Have a lovely week!
    Anna x

    • 05/11/2017 / 20:23

      Thats fab Anna I havent had a chance to even take a look instore myself yet!
      A shopping trip is on my list!
      bestest
      Ahley x

  2. 29/10/2017 / 18:43

    Good for TKMaxx. My company works in Uganda so I’m very close to their issues. That area suffers greatly.

    • 29/10/2017 / 21:09

      Hi Anne Marie! I agree, so nice to see a brand that gives something back.
      Thanks for your comment
      best
      Ashley

  3. 26/10/2017 / 10:52

    Love a bit of TK Maxx, and all the more for this cause. Thanks for sharing Ashley, hope you’re well. Jacqui

    • 26/10/2017 / 14:38

      Hi Jacqui thanks for reading we all have to pass it on every little bit helps right?
      best ashley xx