My name is Jess and I run a social enterprise called Ruby Silver that supports the education of women and girls in India. We are connected to Social Traders and Good Spender.
why I give a damn
I give a damn because the girls that we support give a damn. I’ve known most of the 70 kids at Nav Jagriti NGO in Delhi since 2009 and despite coming from large families where education is not a priority, I’ve seen them fiercely strive to give their all in school. These girls are becoming an inspiration to their families and communities through their dreams to become teachers, nurses, doctors and mothers. The NGO gives them access to school but it is their determination and enthusiasm for life which is why I give a dam about supporting them.
what I do
I co-foundered and manage Ruby Silver, a social business which uses 100% of its profits to purchase and deliver educational resources to NGOs in India. My team and I manage 100% of our supply chain, from jewellery design and sales in Australia to the purchase and delivery of resources to NGOs in India, as requested by them. We aim to show our customers that they significantly contribute to supporting education every time they purchase from Ruby Silver; just 20 sales will purchase a warm blanket each for 63 children, allowing them to sit on the floor to study and to sleep well during winter.
why it matters
Giving girls the chance to attend school is not only important for them, but lifts their entire community. These young women are smart, strong and excited to learn. Ensuring that they are able to complete school and are supported throughout challenges them to dream big and work hard. It matters because these girls are going to be great.
founders names – Jess Exton and I work very closely with my business partner Yogen Kumar
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What inspires me to do what I do?
I deeply care about this beautiful planet we live on, and my dream is that we can find a way for people and planet to thrive together. I believe we must evolve individually and collectively for this to happen, and my inspiration comes from helping people to live and work more consciously.
“I have super sensitive skin and struggled with acne and dermatitis for over 15 years.”
Failing to find a moisturiser that met my personal standards and didn’t irritate my skin or flare up my skin issues, I started making my own, with great results. But knowing the frustration, shame and embarrassment that many people with problem skin go through, I wanted to help others in the same situation as myself.
Which led me to spend 12 months researching and developing our unique range of Ecology moisturising creams.
The Ecology Creams are designed to mimic our skin’s natural oils, they are simple and made by hand with carefully selected high quality and organic ingredients. Our products are definitely outside the box of conventional skincare …and the amazing thing is they work! We’ve helped hundreds of people all over the world, who report softer, smoother, calmer looking skin.
It started with moisturisers and now at Ecology Skincare we offer a range of simple, natural skincare products that are perfect for people with sensitive skin and skin issues like eczema, dermatitis and premature ageing.
Srey Oun lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
She was the victim of an acid attack 15 years ago that completely blinded her. She keeps her face covered because it is severely disfigured. This tragedy could have stopped her but it didn’t. Using only her sense of touch she crochets beautiful bags. Her niece sews in the linings and zippers. Because of her partnerships with Buy The Change and other social change based companies, she is able to support herself, her daughter and her elderly mother. She is committed to keeping her daughter in school and the Buy The Change Foundation has given her grants to help make that possible.
Srey Oun is seen with her daughter and Buy The Change co-founder, Shanan Bunzendahl in this photo.
Every product we sell is hand crafted by a woman working to empower herself and her family. With income and education for the next generation, everything is possible. Our job is to connect these amazing women with our amazing socially conscious customers who want to use their buying power to change lives.
Why do I Give a damn?
I have seen too much of the truth behind the textile industry to not stay quiet …The impact on the earth and the people is devastating and I will stand up for what I believe in and strive to make a positive impact.
2015 St George Banking Group AusMumpreneur Sustainability Award
Because I believe the bond between a dog and owner is sacred, and once you have experienced this – itsa love like no other. When our dogs are injured or sick, its soul destroying. We feel helpless and responsible and just want them to get better
Why do I do what i do? Anything I can do to nurture this bond – by providing physiotherapy to the dogs and helping the owners to get their dogs back on track.