Our mission is to encourage and empower women in need. From distributing clothing in local communities affected by natural disasters, to empowering women entrepreneurs in the developing world to work their way out of poverty, to contributing to the education and futures of Rwandan children, we are passionate about serving and investing in women and families across the globe.
Celebrating 16 years of giving!
$61M USD in
the U.S. Canada, and U.K.
funded for women
11,700 students in
Rwanda provided with hope and
3 ways you can make a difference now:
For every new cabi Stylist, cabi will fund a small business loan in her name for a woman entrepreneur in a developing country.
The first-ever, one-for-one small business loan and mentorship program in partnership with Opportunity International.
Build your business and empower
another woman to build hers.
CLOTHING IS CHANGING LIVES
around the globe
“When the hammer falls, it falls the hardest and the harshest on those at the bottom of the global economic pyramid. No exception with COVID-19. No exception at all.”
The world has ached for many months and in many ways in the wake of COVID-19. While everyone across the globe has felt an impact, the degrees have varied dramatically. When we think of the women we seek to support through The Heart of cabi Foundation domestically and globally, we see, first, a staggering pre-2020 story of hard-fought, victorious steps forward; enter the pandemic and those stories have taken many more steps back. And not only that, many more have joined them in vulnerable life circumstances.
Before the pandemic, there had been a steady decline in poverty rates for 30 years, making it look probable that global poverty could be eradicated by 2030. For years, our hearts have beat passionately toward this bright light at the end of the tunnel. And yet, the pandemic changed the trajectory of realizing that goal. The UN warns the pandemic could push over 70 million people down the economic pyramid into extreme poverty, earning less than $1.90 a day.
Within this difficult reality, we must respond with a renewed and deepened commitment to serving vulnerable women in our communities and across the world through our Heart of cabi Foundation efforts.
“In the earliest days of cabi, we had an in-the-bones knowing that if we had any degree of success, we wanted to generously share that success with those in need,” says Syd Ryan, cabi’s Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer. “We feel so fortunate to be in a position to give back. And in times like these, the help we provide makes an even bigger impact, and we endeavor to come alongside even more women with gestures of hope for their futures.”
With empowerment and hope at the forefront, The Heart of cabi Foundation has three areas of focus:
1. Clothing Donation in Our Communities: Collaborating with organizations that support women recovering from vulnerable circumstances in the U.S., Canada, and U.K., we donate new clothing, and our Stylists provide personalized styling to help women feel cared for and confident.
“The transformational quality of clothing can be powerful for any woman,” says Amy Taylor, Director of The Heart of cabi Foundation, “and what a gift it’s been for us to give brand-new clothing to women, whether they’ve lost everything in a natural disaster, they’re transitioning out of homelessness and job searching, or have been rescued from human trafficking. Our gifted clothing can be an encouragement to take confident steps toward their futures.”
2. W.E. are cabi Program (“Women Entrepreneurs are cabi”): Our one-for-one program provides a small business loan through Opportunity International for a woman in the developing world for every new cabi Stylist who begins her business; more loans are given as the Stylist’s business grows.
All loans are given in the context of community. In the same way our cabi Stylists support one another, our Sister Entrepreneurs join together in Trust Groups for training and support. As they succeed, they employ their communities and as they repay their loans, new loans are lent in an ongoing cycle of opportunity.
Katie Malone, cabi’s President, said, “We’ve been especially impressed by Opportunity International amidst the pandemic and how they’ve been in close touch with all of the entrepreneurs they support…checking in and offering support for business success as the world has changed. For those on the uphill climb out of poverty, the pandemic steepened the incline, so we know the loans we provide to Sister Entrepreneurs and the support they get through Trust Groups is more important than ever.”
3. Make a Change Program: Clients can round up their order to the nearest dollar or pound, funding education loans in Rwanda.
Kimberly Inskeep, cabi’s Co-Founder and CEO, shares how this focus on Rwanda came about: “We’ve taken several trips to Rwanda with Stylists, and as we sat with women who shared about their lives, we heard such consistent devotion toward their children’s schooling—something, as mothers, we could deeply relate to. It became apparent how much lighter of a load it would be on entrepreneurial parents, focused on running businesses, to be able to more easily afford sending their kids to a good school. Then, through visiting schools, we learned where they had the greatest needs to upgrade education, and we committed to helping.”
The funds from our Make a Change Program help in two ways: (1) they enable parents to enroll their child in a solid private school through school fee loans, and (2) they pour into schools through school improvement loans—elevating curriculum, physical infrastructure, staff, and the volume of students they serve.
Atul Tandon states, “Cabi is sparking transformation at the bottom of the economic pyramid. I’m forever grateful for cabi’s partnership, support, and encouragement. This work—this future without poverty—is only possible when we all commit to walking this journey together.”
While a world without poverty may be further in the distance, we are all the more committed to being a force that makes it happen as soon as possible.
Join us in supporting women in three ways: purchase the Heart of cabi piece to provide clothing to women in need in our local communities, round up your cabi purchase through our Make a Change Program and support students in Rwanda, or consider starting your own cabi business, thereby providing a loan for a Sister Entrepreneur.
To date, The Heart of cabi Foundation has donated 2.7 million pieces of clothing, funded 18,000 small business loans around the world, and since the Make a Change Program began supporting education in Rwanda in Fall 2019, we’ve impacted 11,700 students.
The pandemic has set so many back—together, we can collaborate to help so many press forward.
When placing a cabi order, you can opt to round your order total up to the nearest dollar or pound.
The change you give provides hope and opportunity to children in Rwanda through Opportunity International by contributing to their education and futures.
Heart of cabi item
Love You Tee
You can impact the lives of women in need, and look great while doing it, when you purchase the Love You Tee. A portion of the net proceeds from the sale of the Love You Tee will help fund The Heart of cabi Foundation’s efforts in our local communities.
THE LOVE YOU TEE
Together, we are affecting lives around the world.
As a company, we endeavor to do well in order to do good, sending a ripple of generosity out into the world that reaches around the globe. Donations to The Heart of cabi Foundation help restore dignity and hope to women seeking a way out of the cycle of poverty—they essentially provide an open door, leading to a whole new life of freedom.
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