Fashion With A Purpose…and a Giveaway Too!

Last summer, one of my former editors went to work at an orphanage in India. She was captivated with the beauty of the Indian people and heart sick over the conditions for the children. Her writing was poignant and powerful ….through it I began to have a heart for the people as well.

So, when Market Place India contacted me about a collaboration which also helps women in India, I did not have to think twice about it! Here is their mission statement straight from the website:

Our Mission

MarketPlace: Handwork of India is an innovative fair trade, not-for-profit organization which combines the experience of running a business with a variety of support programs designed to effect real, meaningful, and lasting change in the lives of low-income women in India. We work with 480 artisans who are organized into 14 independent co-operatives which produce high-quality women’s apparel and home decor. Being in charge of their own businesses, the women learn valuable skills and are able to earn a living and support their families. In addition, programs offer educational and enrichment opportunities designed to help the artisans overcome personal, cultural and financial obstacles. Empowered with independence and self-confidence, these women become agents of change. And they find the courage, with the support of their cooperative members, to fight for what they believe in. Asserting themselves as decision-makers in their families, they have kept their children in school and out of early marriages, thus ensuring them a better future. They have also become social activists, using the skills they have learned in the workplace to improve conditions in their communities. In MarketPlace’s comprehensive and creative organization, economic development is only the first step for these brave and resourceful women.

Tunics are really in this summer… I have seen them everywhere and I love the one sent to me!! The first look I styled might be for work, church, or dinner out.  The second might be for a casual day of shopping or a movie.   Please consider helping these women and order your tunic, or another garment, accessory or even home decor from Marketplace.

Also, they are giving away a $100 gift card on my site as well as with other bloggers this week…so you have multiple opportunities to win one! Such a generous offer!

Here is all you have to do:
 Of course, you must be a follower of over50feeling40; then visit their website and tell me in the comment below what you like!! I will award a winner on April 4!!

Footnote: As of noon on Monday, we were notified that we cannot accept international entries for this giveaway. If you have already entered, I will remove your name.  So sorry!

Great looks for a great cause….no better way to spend a VISIBLE MONDAY!

Also, check out the bloggers of Monday Mingle!


  1. Pam, you look so fresh and cool in that tunic. I love their dresses and skirts too! Please count me in, you know I follow you like the night follows the day : > thanks for linking up to Visible Monday too!

  2. I love the tunics and the shoes. You have such great taste in shoes! The pants look really comfortable too! Thanks for sharing. I would love to win the gift card 🙂

  3. Love the tunic on you. Me? I would go for their pants, especially the black white churidars. They look like they'd be fun to wear and comfy!

  4. Pam, OMG! I am having the very same give-a-way in April !!!!! lOL!
    I picked that tunic , too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I want a shoulder bag, a couple of their cute scarfs and a jacket or mabey the pallazo pants!
    I hope I win!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Too much to choose, but I love the olive and jade jacket. Also all the scarfs. The red tunic with pink embroidery and purple belt was awesome. I just had a birthday and know where my birthday cash is going. I bookmarked the site so I can go back. Thanks for turning me on to this site Pam. I went on a mission trip to India in the 1980's…broke my heart.
    For some reason, I can't get into google…my id is

  6. What a great cause. Very hard to choose – I love Indian fabrics…
    Fabric Necklace – Olive, rose Code #: 43K-03
    Sonali Top – Bronze, White Code #: 44C-11
    Jaipur Skirt – Black, Gray Code #: 44D-01

  7. Hi Pam! I'm not entering the giveaway since I'm one of the other bloggers who is also doing the giveaway. (Nice to be you in your company!) But I had to chime in to tell you how great the tunic looks on you (and the shoes and pedicure are to die for, too).

    So pleased to have found this organization. Pretty sure I'll be ordering something else from them within the year….

  8. I love both ways you styled the tunic!!! thanks to you and the other bloggers for introducing this wonderful site to us!! I've earmarked several items I NEED!! i've always loved ethnic clothing!

    I espcially LOVE the Agra tunic–turquoise and green?? Be still my heart!! Now I'm thinking I need some white cropped pants!

    thanks for having the give-away!

  9. What a wonderful program for women, I loved the Kaveri Kaftans, specifically Midnight teal, multi.

    I really appreciate your blog, thank you.

  10. Beautiful tunic! You're in my RSS feed reader, so I never miss a post. I'm in love with tangerine scarf on the Marketplace site – what a great project!

  11. What lovely items! I particularly love the tangerine scarf — I'm a sucker for scarves, and especially so as they protect my neck from drafts in our office!

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