March 1, 2014

Life/Style Story: Mocha Club + FashionABLE

Mocha Club has been a part of my life for over 5 years and I have been encouraged by the works that they do in Africa. I know I've shared about this amazing organization in past gift ideas posts [1,2], but I thought I'd dedicate a post about how you can get involve and make this a gift to yourself by becoming a member of this organization. When you join, you will receive awesome free products from their store, but that's not truly what I mean when I said this would be a gift to yourself...

The needs around the world have long been a weight on my heart. I am so lucky to have had the chance to visit various places around the world. And when my family travels, it's not only our chance to escape our busy lives, but an opportunity for us to open our eyes to the realities around the world.

Many years ago, my sister shared a quote by William Wilberforce, "You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say you did not know." And one thought that constantly bombarded me and I struggled with was, "How can I, just an ordinary person, help with the needs of this world? How can I be a world-changer?"

I grew up hearing or reading about all these incredible stories of people traveling to third world countries on mission trips, I thought that was the only way I could help people in need. But I quickly realized that I don't necessarily have to physically travel to these places to make a difference.

Mocha Club has been an example of that. With just a small $9 monthly donation (which is the equivalent of giving up two fancy mochas each month), you can respond to the needs in Africa and help them become self-sustainable.

I love Mocha Club's motto that states, "I need Africa more than Africa needs me." To quote from their site since it's so beautifully stated, "it is Africa that has taught me that possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart. I’ve learned that I don’t need what I have and that I have what I need. These are just a few of this continent’s many lessons. I came here to serve and yet I’ve found that I have so much to learn, and Africa, with all its need, has much to teach me."

If you'd like more information about their projects, go ahead & click through these:
1. Orphan Care + Vulnerable Children --> You can join my team!
2. Clean Water
3. Education
4. Healthcare
5. Economic Freedom

From Mocha Club, FashionABLE was born, and I absolutely love what this organization has done for women at risk in Africa. They practice the model of not simply dumping food, water, and money on these people, but instead teaching these women how to be self-sustainable. These women are given second chances in life and offered counseling along with fair work with fair wages.

You can support them by purchasing their fashionable products! In the picture above, I'm wearing the Eden scarf that I am obsessed with because not only is it beautiful, but it has helped me battle Chiberia. It's also super versatile and will go with any outfit! I've also been eyeing their super cute leather clutch & their new Spring line! How gorgeous are these?

You can purchase the Eden Scarf & read her story here.
AND Minka Kelly (just some actress...) shared about Mocha Club & fashionABLE on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!! You can watch the clip here

The reason why I decided to share this post is because I know that I often struggle with putting this desire to make a difference into action. It happens. There's a great article that I read recently on Relevant that basically sums up my own realizations of what keeps holding me back from making a difference in this world. Let's not let any of these things hinder us from being world changers and loving people.

And just a side note, there's not only a need for your help in third world countries, but in your own neighborhood. You can make a difference in this world whether it's by helping your neighbor or a stranger thousands of miles away.

I hope this challenges you & helps you to do something, anything, to live out a life of impact.

Thanks for reading!


  1. FashionABLE sounds like a great way to help out! Ive heard of similar projects and organizations where you buy a fashion piece and it goes to different causes. I think that's so cool!

    1. Yes, there are tons of amazing organizations that support fair trade. This is just one of them that I support and love. I plan to share about others as well in the future :) Thanks for reading!


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