Social Stories Club is on a mission to share social ventures and their amazing stories with the world. We are a speciality gifting company and create gift boxes and hampers. The products in our boxes are all from social ventures and support different social causes. With each gift bought, our customers are empowering artists with disabilities, reducing landfill waste, providing education for young girls in tea growing regions, and more. We include a story booklet with each gift so the gift recipient can learn about the impact and discover our social venture partners.
Have you ever heard of Baobab? Baobab is a superfood grown in arid climates and 95% of people have never heard of it. Aduna is on a mission to make baobab famous. Aduna creates sustainable incomes for rural African households. 900 women collect the Baobab fruits and a further 200 women transform the fruits into powder. Working with Aduna has allowed these women to increase their annual income from £9 to £119, enabling the women to provide food, education, healthcare and other basic needs for their 6,700 dependents.
The beautiful packaging of Arthouse Unlimited has been designed by a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. The artists work alongside instructors to create artworks which are developed into designer products. All the artwork is derived from the skills each artist brings to the enterprise and every contribution holds real value. Offering a sense of purpose lies at the heart of Arthouse Unlimited's philosophy in line with their belief that feeling truly respected improves health and well-being.
Bermondsey Street Bees is a sustainable beekeeping practice that make award-winning, characterful, raw, single-source honey. They contribute time, data and resources to global bee research. Through their pioneering 'Green Offset' policy, they plant pollinator gardens in their community, while contributing to the understanding of honeybees and the issues surrounding their survival. They also run community planting projects and advise on public and private realm planting initiatives to feed both honeybees and wild pollinators. It gets better - they also donate their speaking fees and percentage of their revenue to bee charities.
Café Direct was the first coffee company to become Fairtrade certified. For over 25 years, they have supported farmers in coffee-growing regions. They give back 50% of their profits to the farmers to improve the quality of their crops and the quality of their livelihoods. One million families in 14 countries have been impacted. Café Direct guarantees fairtrade minimum pricing which is 50% higher than the current market price, allowing farmers to make a decent profit. On top of this almost 40% of their coffee purchases are organic.
With their award-winning coffee, Change Please use their profits to train people experiencing homelessness to be baristas which giving them a living-wage paying job.
Today, 131 million girls aged 6-17 do not go to school. Chika's are working to change that for the girls of tomorrow. They will give 38,000 girls access to education by 2024 and are working to build schools for children across Africa. Every packet of nuts helps to empower girls in Africa through education.
Chocolate and Love make fairtrade, organic chocolate that has won many great taste awards. Their cocoa is sourced from cooperatives made up of small family farms around five hectares small. Since 2010, Chocolate and Love has been investing in reforestation projects that have planted over 27,000 trees so far. The foil around Chocolate and Love's chocolate bars is made from recycled wood pulp and is fully biodegradable.
Dalit Goods Co. empowers and trains the Dalit people in India to make handmade candles. For 3,000 years, the Dalits, formerly known as Untouchable, have been positioned at the bottom of India's society and are subject to dehumanising abuse. The are born into a caste system that devalues them from birth. There are 250 million people who are exposed to this injustice and Dalit candles empower these individuals by giving them employment and opportunities. The proceeds go towards providing education and healthcare to the Dalit children.
About 40% of fruits and vegetables grown in the UK do not make it to the supermarket shelves because they are considered to be imperfect - but wonky lemons taste great too! Dash Water aims to naturally hydrate the nation and reduce food waste in a fun, sustainable way. They flavour their drinks with wonky fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. Without sugars and sweeteners, Dash Water makes the sweetest way to reduce food waste.
Divine Chocolate helps 85,000 farmers of KuapaKokoo who co-own the cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine Chocolate. As owners, the farmers receive a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace. The cooperative's mission is to empower farmers in their efforts to gain a dignified livelihood. The cooperative also aims to increase women's participation in its activities and to develop environmentally friendly cultivation of cocoa.
Elvis & Kresse make luxury accessories from reclaimed materials. They set up in 2005 to rescue London Fire Brigade's damaged decommissioned hoses which were bound for the landfill. For over a decade, none of London's fire-hose has gone to the landfill and over 200 tons of material has been reclaimed.
Grace Chocolates support women who have touched the Scottish criminal justice system towards fulfilling, sustainable employment by making and selling exquisite chocolates: Grace Chocolates is a social enterprise selling high-quality chocolates across the UK. They are committed to providing opportunities for women with barriers to their personal development, learning and economic well being.
Island Bakery makes the most delicious biscuits baked in unique ovens which are heated using the local wood chips from Mull's abundant timber plantations. This is not only environmentally sustainable but the gentle heat gives the biscuits a slow, perfect bake. Their factory building is powered entirely with local sources of renewable energy. Electricity for the building is generated both by a hydro-electric turbine on the neighbouring Tobermory river, and a single wind turbine set on a hill above the bakery.
Shetland Soap Company believe that everyone regardless of disability should have the opportunity to work. Given the right conditions, everyone has the potential to contribute to our society and in doing so will learn to value themselves and be valued by others. They help people reach their potential by giving opportunities to learn in a supportive work environment free from stigma and discrimination. They understand disability and focus on ability where together, they produce a range of handmade soap and skincare products of the highest quality. Great Products, Great People
Not only does The Justice Brand make beautiful reusable Justice bags, which help cut down on single-use plastic waste, but they also pour 100% of their profits into various social causes such as domestic abuse, women's shelters, and birthing kits in Uganda. They are not stopping there, The Justice Brand is currently developing a partnership with a small village in Uganda to help villagers work their way out of poverty and educate children in the village.
With fantastic whole-leaf tea blends, Nemi Teas is providing employment to refugees. This helps them gain local work experience and job-readiness skills to enter the UK workforce and integrate into the broader society.
Rubies In The Rubble create something from nothing. They take ingredients surplus to the food supply chain that would otherwise go to waste and turn them into delicious ketchups, mayo's and relishes. Food waste is an issue that occurs throughout the food supply chain and produce can be rejected for a number of reasons including size, shape, ripeness, aesthetics, and over-production. Rubies In The Rubble put these ingredients through a taste-test rather than a beauty contest. They embrace the diversity of nature and love the perfectly imperfect.
40-50% of edible fruits and vegetables go to waste. Spare Snacks have rescued hundreds of tonnes of wonky produce destined for landfill and transformed them into delicious snacks that are air-dried and never fried. They have sold hundreds of thousands of snacks and won multiple awards.
Tea People was founded by a husband-wife duo who come from the beautiful tea-growing region of Darjeeling in India. In 2009, they came across a school in their hometown that was in urgent need of some repairs and assistance. The school served the children of tea garden-workers and other impoverished villagers in the area. They came up with a fantastic idea to start a social enterprise, selling speciality tea to fund education projects. Tea People gives back 50% of their profits to educational development projects focusing on girls in tea-growing regions, helping students climb the social ladder.
By choosing Goodwash, you are helping improve lives of animals and people in local communities without having to compromise on quality. Goodwash products are sourced from only the very finest natural ingredients from our land and sea. Their cruelty-free products boast an abundance of natural health benefits that will leave your skin, hair, body and fur body feeling totally replenished.