GIFT EBY. START A RIPPLE EFFECT.
When you give EBY to a kickass lady in your life, another fierce woman gets a microloan. When she pays back her loan, that money goes to another woman, and so on, and on, and on. Who knew that little ole undies could make such a major impact?
When the EBY team set out to cover Nicaragua for its beneficiary country for the months of December and January, they didn't intend to focus on stories of domestic violence. It became clear, however, as the women’s stories unfolded, that they shared gruesome tales of escaping violence at the hands of cowards and narcissists who squandered away their money, their confidence, and their patience.
This destruction of self-esteem hinders self-sufficiency. A microloan is an exit out of this circumstance.
Telling the stories of these women--the ways in which they’ve flourished since receiving their loan--became even more crucial when the EBY team suffered several setbacks upon arriving in Masaya, Nicaragua, to meet with Blanca and Francisca, two of the women empowered through EBY’s partner, Opportunity International.
Upon arrival, the EBY team was held in customs for hours, one by one, until all of their camera equipment was confiscated. They realized the country was coming out of a communist regime and that the right to freedom of speech did not exist. During the night, the EBY team worked together to find local equipment and a crew to join them the next morning for their shoot. At the airport for their departure, negotiations had to be made to transport the team home. The experience solidified the team’s efforts, shining a light on the resilience of women who have worked tirelessly to overcome obstacles.
Blanca’s words continue to serve as an inspiration, “As long as you keep your eye on the goal that you have decided to fight for, you will get there.”
From Our Eyes to Yours.
Each month, the EBY team travels to its upcoming beneficiary country to meet some of the women empowered through microfinance. This time, they visited their partner, Opportunity International, in Masaya, Nicaragua. They met women who’ve overcome domestic abuse and, thanks to you and your undies, have changed the narrative of their lives.
EBY has chosen to work with a factory in Sri Lanka that upholds our company’s core values surrounding Women’s Empowerment Principles
These Principles were developed jointly with the United Nations
Meet Dhammika. She works for the factory EBY uses to manufacture their seamless underwear. It has been a year or so since I started working here. There are six siblings in my family. I am the eldest. Since my father is unable to work a job the supports our family, I wanted to work for an organization like this. Feel it’s my responsibility as an elder sister and I want to set an example for my siblings. I actually look forward to coming to work.
From the managers to the machine operators, we are all treated the same. Everyone who works here is treated like family, so I feel at home. Here we are only one family, and if anyone faces issues with work, we all work together to solve it. It makes me happy to work on a product like EBY that will help other women.
EBY is proud to partner with a factory that is deeply committed to the empowerment of women. Made with love.
Women of Nicaragua Stories
I compare myself to the toughest kind of wood I work with: guachipilín and chocuao. They don’t get pests; they put up with the heavy rain and bright sun, and they remain intact. I’ve endured great storms in life, but I’ve remained strong and continued fighting.
I started working when I was eight years old. My mother would tell us, “As long as you are making a living, nobody will take advantage of you. You will not have to put up with anything or anyone.” We worked hard, my sisters and I, and we covered the rent and food for the younger ones.
I fell in love with my first boyfriend. He would say things to me that I wasn’t used to hearing from other young men. My mom disapproved of the relationship, so I left my home with him.