Ethical jewelry firm Soko is partnering with Pencils of Promise for a special holiday collection to increase educational opportunities in the developing world.
The exclusive collection consists of a 10-piece line made from natural and recycled brass, featuring styles for men and women that include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and a pocket clip. Prices range from $15 to $70 for the line that will be available beginning Oct. 15 at shopsoko.com. Soko will donate 20 percent of the revenue from net sales to PoP for the building of “Soko Schools” in Ghana.
The school builds that Pencils of Promise does, and the education programs it sponsors, are aimed at providing educational opportunities for children. So far Pop has built over 300 schools, providing education to more than 30,000 students throughout Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana.
In turn, Soko helps the artisans creating the line become entrepreneurs and have a sustainable livelihood. The artisans on average received 30 percent of the profits on each piece. Artisans working on the Pencils of Promise collection are from Kenya. Partners that Soko has worked with before include Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Joyus, Stitch Fix and the United Nations.
Gwendolyn Floyd, Soko’s cofounder, said, “We feel strongly our collaboration will serve as a next-generation example of fundraising where the partners and the products are aligned. We believe this model will create an impact-multiplier effect from ethical and social production to gifting that gives back.”