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Stronger women, stronger families, stronger communities

When Hakima was 13 years old, armed militia men broke into her home. They put a gun to her mother’s head, and hauled her father and brothers away. She never saw them again. She and her mother were forced to try to survive in a society that doesn’t value women in the same way as men. Sometimes she and her mother were so desperate, they had to eat grass.  Leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8th, and throughout the rest of the month, Women for Women International will be posting inspiring stories of women from their program and asking their supporters to use the hashtag in sharing a story or photo of a woman in their lives who...

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Penelope’s Collection: Jewelry with a Story

Whenever any woman chooses to put on a piece of jewelry, she’s making a statement of some kind. It might be a statement dictated by situation: it’s not the day for anything too flamboyant; it’s important to express some of that joie-de-vivre; what if it gets lost or damaged? It might be driven by the practical: gold goes better with the outfit than silver; red is better than blue; snug-fitting is more appropriate than dangly. It might be emotional: remembering someone important; needing good luck; looking for strength. It might be tactical: this says something important about me; he needs to remember what day it is (and there we should remember that tactical is just as much in the not...

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OUR DESIGNER: TAI - Bangkok to Los Angeles – and there’s always Paris!

Think of Thailand and you will likely think of elaborate golden temples, smiling Buddhas, bustling markets and twinkly-eyed elephants. Paris, and you may think of timeless chic, neoclassical grandeur, cobbled streets, and glass-fronted brasseries, whose mouth-watering aromas can seduce the most determined luncher to linger just a little longer over another espresso or glass of wine. California, and your mind might wander to sinewy golden beaches lined with palm trees, sun-drenched vineyards, fusion cuisine, and boho style. Tai Rittichai’s story is a story of a journey between these three very different parts of the world. And while this itself is not unique—travel and relocation provide the foundation for generations of stories—what makes Tai’s journey distinctive is that it is in...

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WELCOME TO PENELOPE'S STORIES - A world of stories to share; a range of jewelry to wear; a host of reasons to care

Sometimes it isn’t necessary to tell a story using words: it is somehow evident, discreetly present and all the more beautiful because, like the iridescent flash of color on a dragonfly’s wing, it has not been captured, but allowed to express itself in its purest, most unassuming form. In the same way that we understand that a thousand words can be present in a single picture, there are all sorts of stories there for us to read—in objects, places, and people—if we want to look beyond the obvious. What story is carried in the intricate detailing of a silver, gem-studded necklace? It might be the story of a trade passed from generation to generation, but it could equally be one...

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