POWER TO CHANGE: “Something so strong could carry us away.” – Crowded House
From hardship half a world away to safe, if unfamiliar, homes in Dallas, the women of GAIA have travelled a hard road to freedom. A socially-conscious new venture, GAIA strives to give these women purpose and power through the creation of beautiful handmade items for the home. “Through a living wage and continued training and development, our goal is to provide an opportunity to enter a world of financial independence and dignity,” explains founder Paula Minnis. GET IT: GAIA cloth napkins made from vintage and reclaimed materials, $40 and up at gaiaforwomen.com.