Making a difference with Dermalogica & FITE

What is FITE? In a nutshell, FITE is a platform powered by Kiva.org that is designed to provide financial independence through entrepreneurship (FITE) for women in the developing world. FITE provides women entrepreneurs access to small loans that help them to start or grow their own business, and to educate the public about the benefits of empowering such women.

We as beauty lovers have been given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women around the world, just by continuing to purchase our favourite skincare products from FITE founding partner Dermalogica. Australian beauty bloggers have signed up with FITE to create our own team, “Australian Beauty Bloggers” for bloggers and readers to contribute towards.

How does it work? It’s pretty simple. The five best selling Dermalogica products (Daily Microfoliant, PreCleanse, Skin Hydrating Booster, Total Eye Care and Intensive Eye Repair) now come in FITE themed packaging that contain a special promotional code that gives you $1 USD to loan.

You then take this code to the FITE site and click on the “REDEEM CODE” link where you will be prompted to enter the code (you may enter up to 3 at once). You can then select which type of entrepreneur you wish to support, and where in the world they will be located. After filling in your details, and if you wish to have your donation marked against the Aussie Beauty Bloggers team, select “Australian Beauty Bloggers” under the team listing (these are in alphabetical order) and click ‘redeem code’. After that, FITE takes a week or so to gather together the microloans actioned and will send out an email with the details of the women and organisation/s your microloan is benefiting. Alternatively, you also have the option of lending a microloan directly to an entrepreneur for as little as $25 USD. This whole process takes very little time and effort and can make the world of difference in the life of women across the globe. Any other Australian beauty bloggers who would like to join the team, please email me and I’ll add you as soon as possible. Let’s all get on board and help support our fellow women.

Make A Difference March

Some of the events that have taken place across the globe lately have affected me personally on a few different levels, as I am sure they have affected many of you reading this right now. After seeing so much destruction and heartache time and time again I can’t help but ask myself – what should I be learning from all of this? One thing I know I have learned is that I want to help. I want to contribute in some way to my own local community and the worldwide community as a whole. It is so easy to feel helpless and to let the scale of the help that seems to be needed everywhere overcome our capacity to see what we can actually do to make a difference. So I’m going to start small. And I’m going to ask for your help. As beauty bloggers and readers of beauty blogs, most of us spend a lot of our hard earned money on things we want but don’t necessarily need. I thought it might be a nice idea to dedicate the month of March to taking that money and using it to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

So what can we do to make a difference? This month I want us to try and raise enough money to give at least one underprivileged Australian school child the opportunity to eat breakfast for the year, in the ArdochBreakfast Club‘ programme. This will cost $200. I hope to raise $200 by the end of March, but if we can’t reach that total I pledge to cover whatever is required to get us to the $200 mark. Alternatively, if we raise over $200 I will donate whatever is needed to get us to the next total (eg: $400, $600 etc). Please head over to the fundraising page to donate whatever you feel that you can. Also, if you wish to continue the “Make A Difference March” theme and start a fundraiser on your blog, please let me know so I can link it in this post.