Last year I began making a concerted effort to accessorize more. I’ve found a cute necklace or scarf can do wonders for disguising the fact that I own three of the same shirt (in different colors, of course).

By the end of winter, I’d managed to accumulate a handful of cute, colorful scarves. A few weeks ago, though, the weather turned cold and I went into my closet to pull out my pink-striped scarf. I couldn’t find it anywhere!

It is the weirdest thing! Three (maybe four – I can’t remember) scarves have just disappeared! It’s like an episode of Nancy Drew around my house: The Case of the Missing Scarves.

Except I don’t know any girls named George, and I have yet to track down said scarves.

Thankfully, my friend Annie (who, by the way, just released her first book that is a must-read for teen girls) sent me a beautiful new scarf. And even more importantly than the fact it has teal stripes, matching my favorite new {teal} sweater, the scarf was made by Meselu, an Ethiopian woman, as part of a non-profit, sustainable business.

And because of that scarf, Meselu is ABLE to send her son to school. Here’s her story:

“My husband and I got in bad disagreements. When I was 25, I left and took my son and started sleeping outside a church’s door. I met this woman who had a prostitute business, and she offered me money and a house to rent. This is how it began…

My neighbors said there was a company who helps women with situations like mine. Now I work here making scarves. My job has taught me how to love, have self-respect, and it has been a positive change in my life.”

Isn’t that cool???

fashionABLE was started by Barrett Ward, founder of Mocha Club, an online community of people giving up the cost of 2 mochas a month – or $7 – to fund relief and development projects in Africa. The purchase of a fashionABLE scarf creates sustainable business for women in Africa. Their commitment as a non-profit is to the development of people. fashionABLE works with women who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty. So when you purchase a scarf, you are providing jobs and the profits go back to holistically rehabilitate more women. Scarves provide jobs; profits provide restoration.

A fashionABLE scarf would make a GREAT Christmas gift for someone – or several someones! They come in six beautiful patterns made by six amazing women, and the price ($22) is so reasonable.

P.S. You can also follow fashionABLE on Facebook and Twitter!

Do you wear scarves? Just in the winter or all year long? And where do you think my scarves went??

This post will be linked to Things I Love Thursday at Diaper Diaries.

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