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Me to We Artisan making traditional Maasai beaded jewelry.

Like many Maasai girls in Kenya, Mama Margaret was expected to stay home to do chores instead of going to school when she was young. As an adult without a formal education, Margaret struggled to find work to support and provide for her eight children—until she joined Me to We Artisans.

We hope the collection will inspire and empower our customers to look for more ways to have a positive impact on their communities and our world.
–Jennifer Jackson, corporate merchandise manager for BP./Kids

Me to We provides a market for more than 600 Kenyan Maasai mamas who create handcrafted jewelry using traditional Maasai beading skills. The Me to We Artisans collection is now available online at Nordstrom.com and in the BP. department of selected Nordstrom stores.

By earning a fair wage, Artisans are able to support their families and communities. Now Margaret earns a steady income throughout the year. "With my Artisans earnings, I buy food and clothing for my children," she said. "Now I am a business lady! These changes would not have happened if Artisans beading wasn't around."

Proceeds from the sustainably produced, locally sourced accessories also support Free the Children, Me to We's charity partner, which works locally to educate, engage and empower youth to make a difference both in their communities and internationally to remove the barriers to education and break the cycle of poverty.

Providing an Opportunity to Give Back

Nordstrom is the first U.S. retailer to offer a selection of the Me to We Artisans collection of original jewelry in 10 stores around the country and at Nordstrom.com.

"We love the idea of offering customers on-trend merchandise that also provides them with the opportunity to give back and make a difference," said Jennifer Jackson, corporate merchandise manager for BP./Kids at Nordstrom. "We hope the collection will inspire and empower our customers to look for more ways to have a positive impact on their communities and our world."

Check out Me to We merchandise.

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