Everyone needs a comfy grab 'n go dress! Celebrate looking good while changing lives in this pretty number, lovingly made by the women artisans of One Mango Tree in Kampala, Uganda. Through a partnership with Global Girlfriend, One Mango Tree puts trained seamstresses to work, creating sustainable employment for them and fantastic organic apparel for you.
- 100% cotton
- Plunging v-neck
- Elasticized waistline falls below the bust
- Made in & fairly traded from Uganda
**Sizes run big. If you prefer a more fitted garment, you may wish to order one size down.
|Sizing in inches / cm||Chest (around)||Length (from hem)||Waist|
|S||36 / 91.4||38.5 / 97.8||30 / 76.2|
|M||38 / 96.5||39 / 99||31 / 78.7|
|L||40 / 101.6||39.5 / 100.3||32 / 81.3|
|XL||42 / 106.7||40 / 101.6||33 / 83.8|
"No matter how difficult things get, the mango stays green...And in times of drought, we can eat its fruit to survive."
Northern Uganda is a region devastated by more than twenty years of armed conflict. Despite the fact that most of the conflict has subsided and many people are returning to their villages and otherwise peaceful lives, the ongoing violence destroyed many of the opportunities for earning a livelihood, especially for women. One Mango Tree was founded by and remains under the direction of a young American woman named Halle Butvin, who fell in love with Uganda's culture while on a student trip organized by the Global Youth Partnership for Africa. She recognized the talents of the many tailors of Gulu's central market, and thus One Mango Tree was formed as a partner to sell their products in a global marketplace.
Many of the women employed not only care for their own families, but also for children orphaned during the war. In addition to providing a vocation to these women, One Mango Tree provides school fees stipends to help alleviate the cost burden of sending so many orphaned children to school, as well as bicycles to ease the commute to work in the market.
One Mango Tree works with Ugandan and American designers to create their products, mixing the bright African wax printed fabrics purchased in local markets with functional design. Using foot-treadle sewing machines, the women make both traditional and modern style clothing.
Auma Lucy is One Mango Tree's head tailor and trainer, providing support and a vocation for the women she employs. Lucy is a single mother herself, caring for eleven orphans in addition to her own two children. Known throughout the community for her kindness and tailoring talents, Lucy became a magnet for young people, in the hopes that she could impart some of her knowledge and skills so they too could make a living. Having struggled herself as a young single mother, Lucy would accept as many women as would fit in her market stall. With the help of One Mango Tree, Lucy's tailors are now paid fair wages, helping them to improve their lives.
By shopping the Global Girlfriend collection, you are making a difference in women’s lives across the globe. Global Girlfriend is focused on striving for gender equality and empowerment, and the importance of women providing for themselves and their families. By supporting jobs that guarantee fair wages by fair trade, women are able to proudly contribute to their families, encouraging their communities to flourish.
If you are not 100% satisfied with this product, you may return it for exchange or refund within 90 days of purchase, subject to some restrictions. Please review our full Returns & Exchanges information.
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
Great dress, great cause. If this dress had pockets it would be my new favorite, hint hint.... Very happy. Dress runs large. I'm usually L or XL, as Im very tall, with an athletic build. A Medium fits brilliantly. The "brown" is more olive, not chocolate brown. Really a lovely color, just not a true brown. I love this dress!
Love this dress-up or down and perfect for work to evening out. I ordered the white and got the white ruched camisole from them to put under it. Works seamlessly.
The color is incredible on this lightweight, versatile dress. I can accessorize it for dining out or wear flip flops during the day. I did have to use a hidden pin to "secure" the low neckline though. Love the dress.