Out of Africa, Take Two

blackdress clutch shoes

That dress with cowboy boots, that banana leaf clutch! And the shoes – just singing of summer on this cold and rainy Boston day.

Allison of REtroCYCLEd introduced me to One Mango Tree. She met the founder, Halle, at a fair. One Mango Tree is a business that uses a fair trade model to provide income generating opportunities – at this point, tailoring – for women in impoverished and conflict-ridden regions of Uganda, and in the future, beyond.


A lot of organizations that donate back to good causes or support sustainable communities make products that most Americans, let alone those who fancy themselves stylish, do not really use in everyday life. One Mango Tree, on the other hand, has it figured out. We’re going to see those clutches at Flat of the Hill on Charles Street, or their jewelry in the South End’s Looc or copied at Target in no time.

red tailor necklace

You can even check the tag on an item you purchase to see the name of the woman who made it, and then meet her here! The smiling woman shown above is Apiyo Concy – quite the model. Make way, Giselle.

My favorite is how they address the male market. At For Your Gentleman they report, “Men! We haven’t forgotten about you! Watch this page for great products for you
coming soon from One Mango Tree!”

And, maybe, they’ve captured the point of this blog.

About Meg Davis Hely

I'm a New Jersey native who finds herself living in New England with a soft spot for presents, pretty things, and businesses that do good.
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