Empowering Women Together

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on March 8, 2013

I am glad to finally be able to talk about Walmart’s Empowering Women Together merchandise!!  The Walmart Moms were told about this program back in, oh, November I think. . . we were hoping it would launch before Christmas (because it would have been a great feel good way to get some unique gifts).

This program just launched this week on Walmart.com.  So what the heck is it?  Well basically it’s an online destination where you can buy unique and interesting products (totally unlike anything else on Walmart.com) that supports small women owned businesses around the world.  Each purchase helps the women behind these products by helping them create new jobs and improve both their own lives and the lives of their families and communities.

Walmart says:

By purchasing Empowering Women Together merchandise, you help the women who are our suppliers.  They are working to create better lives for themselves and their families, and they want to earn their own success.  Each purchase will help grow this initiative, allowing more women in more businesses and more countries to participate.  Walmart’s commitment is to help each of these businesses create, craft and market merchandise that our customers will want to buy.  Together, we can create a sustainable system that benefits everyone and builds momentum for real, lasting and positive change in the lives of our suppliers, their families and their communities.

Right now Empowering Women Together offers shoppers more than 200 items from 19 businesses in nine countries–including here in the USA:

The items are mostly home/decorating, jewelry, food and apparel.  Here are a few items that jumped out at me:

I love that you can have it shipped to your home, sometimes with “home free”, sometimes with $.97 shipping, and that you can also frequently do the free site to store pickup.

If you browse through the items I’d love to hear what you think.

****This is a sponsored post****
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Pam@Pennysaverblog March 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I am glad to hear that Walmart is reaching out to women around the world and helping to support their businesses through selling their products. I love going to stores that sell stuff that was made by people from around the world and it does always make me feel good to know I am helping them out in some small way even though I am half a world away.

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Yasmin E. Parsloe March 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

I give Walmart a standing ovation for trying to widen the public’s perception, and adding to that – I viewed several of the products myself, and they are especially beautiful. I am however, a skeptic when it comes to a multinational corporation featuring projects like this.

I commend them in the aid to help women around the world, but I think the public would appreciate a look behind the scenes of this sponsorship. I would like to know just how much of the profit benefits these ladies. Again, I think this is a wonderful cause, and it’s excellent that such a large corporation is attempting to break their image in the public and applaud philanthropy – but I feel there are many consumers that will be equally skeptical.

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