One of the most exciting things in life is to start something – something new, something BIG, something daring, something meaningful, something worthwhile. And starting can be scary. But one of the things I’ve learned in my almost-40 years on this earth is that if you have a partner at your side, it’s not as daunting as doing it on your own.

That said, Tanja and I (Annalisa) have been hard at work starting GIVEGIVE. We’re learning as we go, and we have already learned so much, and been blessed by so many people offering their help, experience, and insights. We are thankful. While our business model and designs are “crystalizing”, as Tanja likes to say, the one thing that hasn’t evolved over the last few months is our mission. That’s been clear from day one.

GIVEGIVE is a fair-trade fashion brand. Our mission is to provide sustainable, creative work to women in developing nations — work that minimizes their risk of entry into abusive vocations such as forced prostitution and bonded labor. GIVEGIVE is designed with love and made with hope.

We are delighted and excited to share with you our experiences in developing our company and transforming lives. We hope you’ll join our mailing list and keep checking in on us. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and right here via our RSS feed.