Our goal at Go Dash Dot is to empower women and provide them with the tools necessary to confront life's challenges from a place of strength; with confidence, dignity, and integrity. With this ideal in mind, we have partnered with women cooperatives all over the world whose mission is to support independence and empowerment by providing women with skills and work opportunities. We currently work with the South Tribes in Kyrgyzstan and Sherab in Bhutan to incorporate their traditional crafts in our bag accessories, which can be added to personalize any Go Dash Dot bag. The majority of the proceeds go directly to the cooperatives.
We have also partnered with My Sisters' Place to help raise funds and awareness for their organization.
South Tribes Project
South Tribes is a social entrepreneurship project based in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. The project was started by designer Altynai Osmoeva and feminist entrepreneur Jamila Kulova as a cultural endeavor to revive the nearly forgotten local tradition of tassel weaving and provide income generation for women. The community of migrant women who come from southern Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan form the core of our tassel weaving team. The project works with women who have migrated with their families to the underserved informal settlements around Bishkek, the capital and largest city, in search of a better life, but still face obstacles such as access to clean water, adequate housing, healthcare, and education for themselves and their children. The South Tribes project provides a sustainable economic model by training women the mastery of the unique Central Asian tassel weaving technique and at the same time offering paid work that allows them to be financially independent in order to take care of themselves and their families.
The Kira is the national dress for Bhutanese women. It is a long dress consisting of a rectangular piece of woven fabric. It is wrapped and folded around the body, typically pinned at the shoulder and bound at the waist with a long belt, called a Kera. Nowadays, women typically wear the kera slung across the left shoulder as an accessory. The Kera is what we have transformed into straps for our handbags. Our straps have been woven by Sherab Zangmo, a 29 year old mother of two. Sherab spent most of her childhood weaving clothes in exchange for money to provide financial support to her family. Although her husband has a small income, they still struggle to pay rent, buy food rations, and pay for their children's education, which is very important to them. As a result, Sherab has returned to her weaving roots to makes dresses and accessories to bring in additional income. A portion of each strap purchased goes directly to Sherab and her family.
My Sister's Place
We have partnered with the amazing organization, My Sisters' Place, to help them raise money and awareness.
Since 1976, My Sisters’ Place (MSP) has worked to end violence in intimate relationships and combat the effects of domestic violence and human trafficking on women, men, and children throughout Westchester County. MSP has evolved from a grassroots task force and drop-in center into a leader and resource in the field of domestic violence advocacy, shelter and legal services and education and prevention. Based on the tenet of taking a holistic approach and addressing the root causes of family violence, MSP is continually expanding in order to effectively respond to the increasing and changing needs of individuals in crisis. MSP’s mission is to engage each member of society in our work to end domestic violence and human trafficking, so that all relationships can embrace the principles of respect, equality, and peacefulness.
With every purchase of a purple tassel, proceeds are split between the South Tribe and My Sisters' Place!