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Guilt-Free Shopping Holiday gifts that give back through charitable contributions. By Courtney Bell KRAMA WHEEL Children in Cambodia cannot attend school without a school uniform, and for many families, this is a cost they cannot spare. Krama Wheel, a scarf company started by local Austinite Roni Sivan aims to provide access to education for Cambodian children while showcasing Cambodian artisans. The idea was sparked by time Sivan spent in the country. Each scarf sold by Krama Wheel is hand-woven in Cambodia’s Takéo province from hand-dyed cotton with hand-knotted ends. For each handmade scarf sold, one weaver receives fair pay and treatment and takes a step forward in providing for her family, and one local seamstress is paid to sew a school uniform for a child in need. Krama Wheel is a movement that educates Cambodia’s children and empowers local workers with proper wages and treatment. Their mission is powerful, their scarves, beautiful. Krama Wheel is investing in the community to create positive change, one scarf at a time. kramawheel.com

MIRACLE FOUNDATION’S GIFTS THAT MATTER There are an overwhelming amount of children in India living in orphanages, deprived of their basic needs. The Miracle Foundation is dedicated to providing for these children and nurturing them in to successful adults. This holiday season, you can purchase a gift that matters through the Miracle Foundation, ranging from school uniforms and school supplies, to dishes, hygiene needs and life-skills education. miraclefoundation.org

OAK This local Austin business is providing ordinary acts of kindness by providing backpacks to at-risk kids nationally and worldwide with the purchase of its products. Two of the founders of the company became passionate about providing a solid educational foundation for children in need when they adopted two children of their own. OAK works with The Neighborhood Kids, a nonprofit organization in Austin, and Africa New Life, a charity organization in Rwanda, to start the school year off right for thousands of students. oaklifestyle.com

NORDSTROM’S GIVING TREE A good pair of shoes can change a child’s life: new tread to gain speed on the playground, a solid foundation to walk to school on and a way to keep their toes warm. Nordstrom is pairing up with Shoes That Fit this holiday season to allow shoppers a convenient way to give back while doing their annual holiday shopping. Shoppers can purchase a ticket from the Giving Tree and in turn, Shoes That Fit will work with more than 200 schools nationwide to identify children in need of new footwear. shoesthatfit.org

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