Women’s Independence

Mamas on Bedrest: How One US Mompreneur is Helping Bolivian Mamas Achieve Financial Independence

October 10th, 2011

My colleague and fellow Mompreneur Laurie Gonyea has partnered with Global Goods Partners, an international women’s cooperative, to help mamas in Bolivia become financially independent.

I first “met” (online) Laurie a couple of years ago when she was first starting out with her company, Knit Outta The Box. She reached out to us to see if Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond would be interested in providing knitting kits to Mamas on Bedrest. I actually featured Laurie’s kits in our shop for a couple of years until she moved into wholesale distribution and now, global initiatives.

It is so exciting to see what Laurie is doing now with her business. One of her most ingenious and most popular products is her iMitt (c) kit. These knit kits make mittens with holes for the index fingers and thumbs so that you can use your smart phones without removing your mittens. They are made out of all natural fibers and come in beautiful colors. Until now, you had to purchase the kit and knit the iMitts(c) yourself (and the kits are still available). But Laurie has partnered with Global Goods Partners so that women in Bolivia will knit the iMitts (c) out of beautiful Alpaca yarn, and for each pair of iMitts (c) sold, a portion of the sale go to the women in Bolivia. This gives these women a source of income, a job, something that they can do while also caring for their children and a step towards financial independence. Considering the iMitt (c) is designed to be used with smart phones, I can only imagine that Steve Jobs is looking down with a huge grin on his face!!

This is an incredible opportunity for Laurie and for the women with whom she is partnering in Bolivia. I believe that this sort of “woman to woman” empowerment is what is going to move our world forward. So if you feel so led, purchase a pair of iMitts (c). With the holidays coming up, they’ll make great gifts! I will be relocating to New England next year, so I am ordering a pair of the purple iMitts (c) so that I will be ready for winter 2013!

What are other mamas doing? If you know of a mama doing something fantastic to help Mamas on Bedrest or other mamas globally, please share this information below or at info@mamasonbedrest.com.  You can also connect with us on Facebook and on Twitter, @mamasonbedrest.