MISSION

WE SERVE A SIMPLE MISSION: TO EMPOWER WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD

WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP AND MENTORING ALLIANCE BRADY CAMPAIGN SAFE CONNECTIONS CHICAGO METROPOLITAN BATTERED WOMEN'S NETWORK ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE A SILVER LINING FOUNDATION CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN LOOKING GLASS CIRCLE URBAN MINISTRIES FOREST PARK FOREVER JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION YOUNG WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CHARTER SCHOOL OF CHICAGO DRESS FOR SUCCESS THE WOMEN'S TREATMENT CENTER CHICAGO SINFONIETTA

CHARITIES

Andrea Kramer is an artist and women’s rights activist. Her one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry is inspired by her personal crusade to empower women and promote gender equality.

While traveling in Africa and Asia she saw unique jewelry and fabrics worn by locals for special occasions. Inspired by the personal yet bold statement of these celebratory decorations, she began combining unexpected materials—bone, horn, glass, wood, vintage Lucite, rhinestones and clay—creating unusually bold accessories. Each piece features an Andie K charm and printed story revealing the unique origin of its beads.

Driven by more than an artistic vision, Andie seeks out women artists and Fair Trade producers. Many programs teach women how to make beads to support their families. These Fair Trade projects, like Bead For Life, a paper bead producer in Uganda, provide unemployed and uneducated women with a living wage vital to domestic safety. In a factory outside Nairobi, Kenya, she saw Kazuri beads made by women for a fair wage, daycare services and access to medical care.

The Andie K mission is to empower women around the world. Andie K donates all profits to charities that benefit women and children. Since its launch at the end of 2012, Andie K has contributed to The Women’s Treatment Center of Chicago, The Chicago Foundation for Women and A Silver Lining Foundation, among others.

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