Since “crafty” jewelry and bags are so on trend right now, why not purchase pieces that make a difference? Songa Designs International, is an accessories line made by under-resourced women in Rwanda in East Africa to create economic independence. Founded by Sarah Sternberg, the handmade necklaces, bracelets, earrings, belts and other specialty accessories, are entirely constructed and produced in Rwanda using local, natural materials. This socially conscious fashion accessories brand employs over 150 under-resourced women in Rwanda to empower and encourage them to be economically independent. You can wear a fashionable symbol for positive change on a daily basis. The handmade and eco-friendly pieces are made with local Rwandan natural materials such as banana leaf, sisal plant, upcycled fabric, recycled paper, and repurposed cow horn that otherwise would have ended up in landfills. All of the accessories can be customized with different colors or materials, making them the perfect statement piece to add to the personal style of a confident and inspired woman who aspires to align her purchases with her values. “We believe in supporting all women and our accessories are the link between supporting a cause, yet also expressing your own style and personality,” said Sarah Sternberg. “Our ultimate goal at Songa is to highlight the powerful stories of Rwandan women in an effort to support their journey toward financial liberation.” Songa, meaning “the path forward” in Swahili, is synonymous with the company’s mission. From the colorful Lindona Necklance ($48) to the minimalistic, hand-woven Orchid Earrings ($38), each of Songa’s designs pay homage to traditional African culture while maintaining a sense of American fashion trends. The collection of jewelry and accessories is priced between $16 and $98 MSRP, and is available online at songadesigns.com. Are you following Fountain Of 30 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest? We’ve got lots going on, so join in on the fun! Subscribe to our newsletter here. Oh and we are now on Snapchat too!