FASHIONABLE is not a social model of business that gives something away. They believe that the end to generational poverty will come when people are able to provide for themselves. They believe that social businesses whose aim is to alleviate poverty should use their business skills to create job opportunities for the poor, not give them more charity. What they seek to “give” to those living in poverty is opportunity by purchasing goods from them, and helping those businesses grow and employ more. Their business model is not creating goods in a strong economic country, selling those goods in the West, and then giving charity to developing countries. This still leaves the developing country out of the opportunity for economic growth, and keeps them in a cycle of dependency. They believe in doing the manufacturing in the communities we wish to impact, creating jobs along the way. Although it often creates a unique set of challenges, trade with developing countries is an empowerment model that they are committed to.

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