Empowering Marginalized Women, One Blankie at a Time
Sarah Lin, Episode #140/141
Chief Blankie Crafter & Co-Founder, EllieFunDay
EllieFunDay is a social enterprise that designs organic baby blankets that empower marginalized women through dignified employment and a fair-wage.
Each blanket is lovingly handcrafted for life™.
I've always dreamed about creating a product that married my love for good design and a social need. I was reaching a point in my career where I felt challenged to use my skills in a more meaningful way and so I quit my full-time design job and proceeded to start Ellie Fun Day.
People always ask, "How did EllieFunDay start"? I've always dreamed about creating a product that would empower the economically disadvantaged. I also knew that it would have to be something I dearly loved. I came back to my baby blanket. It's one of those stories where whenever my mom washed it and hung it out to dry, I would stand outside by the clothesline grasping a corner of my blankie and waited till it was ready for me to reclaim as my own.
With a lot of perseverance and heartache, we spent our first 2 years traveling to India vetting all the right partners to make sure that they were committed to empowering the poor through creating sustainable jobs. Read more about our non-profit, handcrafted for life and how we create impact through our goods. We are also committed to sourcing organic and/or fairly traded textiles as much as possible.
sarah & elton