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Congo Solidarity Dress

Item # 43069

Funds 28 bowls of food.

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Show your solidarity with women in the Congo every time you wear our electrifying African print dress.

  • 100% cotton
  • Rear zip closure
  • Ties at back to cinch waist for closer fit
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from the Congo

Fit NoteGarment Measurements:

Sizing in inches/cmWaistLength
S36 / 91.431.5 / 80
M38 / 96.533 / 83.8
L44 / 111.835.5 / 90.2

Life is difficult in Eastern Congo -- especially for the disabled. Our fair-trade partner, Shona Congo, employs disabled women and offers them hope for a new life. Most of Shono's seamstresses were victims of childhood polio and lost the use of one or both of their legs, growing up without the ability to walk or stand upright. As teenagers, many underwent surgery and years of physical therapy at the Handicapped Center in nearby Goma to regain the ability to stand. Even so, almost all are forced to wear heavy metal leg braces in order to stand and walk only with the aid of crutches or canes. Though they face nearly overwhelming physical and financial obstacles, each has decided to stake her claim to a better life by working with Shona. As one seamstress puts it: "Each item we sew is our claim to a better world. A world where we are seen not only for the challenges we face but for the beauty we create."

Created to help women worldwide gain economic security for themselves and their families by earning fair wages for their handiwork, Global Girlfriend sources women-made, fair-trade imported, eco-friendly products. By supporting long-term partnerships with the artisans, it fosters equal employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, technical assistance, and development strategies to help reduce poverty, one community at a time. Become a "Global Girlfriend" and help build a brighter future for girlfriends around the globe!

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Review count: 1

Recent reviews:

February 6, 2014 - Beautiful dress! It doesn't fit as well as I would have liked, however. I am a 34D and ordered a medium and it is a bit tight around the bust and the armholes are small/weirdly designed. The material bunches up right up into your armpit. I imagine it is going to be a problem in the summer when things get hot and sweaty! But the dress is gorgeous and the fabric is thick (no slip needed), so I am satisfied overall.

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