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LizzLoves MineforNine August 21, 2013

Photo courtesy of minefornine.com

Right now, I have at least FIVE friends who are pregnant or who have very recently given birth. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a lot to me! But what’s even more shocking for me is that all of them manage to stay looking cute and stylish. I can imagine that it’s a huge challenge for an expectant mother to dress her newly unpredictable and ever-changing body…not to mention the cost! ($$)

Some of my friends only grew in the tummy area, so they could keep using a lot of their old clothes for a while. Experienced mamas knew what to expect because it wasn’t their first baby and they had clothes set aside. Other lucky ladies were able to borrow key clothing items—like belly bands, stretchy pants, and tunics—from their sisters or girlfriends.

But what happens to those women who don’t have those resources or have a tight budget? Well, one solution is a cool shopping site I found called Mine for Nine, which allows pregnant women to borrow clothing for the duration of their pregnancy, and return it when they’re done. So, for example, if you can no longer button your winter coat over your immense circumference, then you can borrow winter coat that fits you better! Borrowing clothing from Mine for Nine only costs a portion of buying it outright, but there is also an option to buy if you fall in love with something, or feel like you would like to use it for future pregnancies. There is a wide range of brands, styles and prices.

Mine for Nine was conceived (pun intended) by Marisa B. Moss and her two friends in 2008. The three of them, one expecting at the time and the other a brand new mom, were discussing the limited selection and high cost of maternity clothes. So they put together their years of marketing, business and technology experience to launch a online business that would help women find the right fit for them.

I also love that when a clothing item is still in good condition, but no longer fit for multiple “borrows,” Mine for Nine donates the dress to organizations like Dress for Success. Nice work, Mine for Nine!

Expectant mamas: what other creative solutions do you use for your clothing challenges?

 

LizzLoves Kangu April 4, 2013

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Think about the last time you made a donation to a charity. What motivated you to reach for your credit card? For me, I have to feel like I’m part of something, of effecting change, in very personal way. One of my new favorite charities for that type of buy-in is Kangu.

This nonprofit uses a combination of old school (i.e. Save the Children) and new school (crowdfunding) tools to support women in developing countries to have pregnancies, births and newborn babies that are safe and healthy. According to Kangu’s site, “It has been shown that 80% of maternal mortality can be avoided if a woman is given access to the basic healthcare services our partners offer.”

Founders Casey Santiago and Tricia Morente (both Columbia Business School MBAs and grads of the Masters program for International Affairs at Columbia), designed this program to allow donors to have a tangible and more intimate connection with the women they are supporting. The way it works is:

  1. You search Kangu’s collection of mothers from across the globe who need help to find the “mama” you want to fund.
  2. Once you choose her, you begin to make monthly contributions to fund her safe pregnancy by giving her quality healthcare.
  3. Your contribution ensures the chance for a safe birth for her baby

I love that Kangu’s team is not only making efforts to solve this issue, but also that they discovered an innovative way to engage their donors/supporters in a uniquely personal way. I look forward to finding a “mama” to connect with so that she can experience the joy and security of having a healthy pregnancy and future child.