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The mission of Better Life Bags is simple:  make lives better!

My family and I moved on purpose to a low income area of Detroit  in 2010.  Because the unemployment rate here is 20%, we have an awesome opportunity for BLB to give back to the community that we operate out of!

We hire women, who otherwise cannot get jobs, to work for BLB.  We rent them a sewing machine and tools while teaching them a skill set that allows them to become a primary or secondary provider in their families.  Most of these women are first generation immigrants from countries such as Yemen and Bangladesh, so we are also able to provide them with much needed fellowship and friendship as we visit their homes to deliver fabric and pick up orders.

This 90 second video shows a little of our town and purpose.

That’s not all, though.  We are currently beginning a partnership with a local sewing group of women {originally from Bangladesh} who desire to learn the skill of sewing and potentially earn a living wage from their hard work and training. We sell their products here in our Better Life Marketplace.

Read a detailed media coverage story of Better Life Bags here.

When we first started, we gave 10% of every sale to a low income entrepreneur in a developing country through Kiva.org.  See all the faces that your purchases from BLB have helped?  It’s incredible! {We no longer give regularly through Kiva in order to focus our giving to local initiatives such as the sewing club mentioned above, but we believe strongly in it’s mission and purpose!}

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