WHAT DOES IBU MEAN?
In the Malay language spoken on the islands of Indonesia, Ibu (pronounced ee-boo), is an honorific for a woman of respect. Whether one’s mother, aunt, teacher, or leader, ibu is term bestowing honor on a woman. The Ibu Movement elevates both the artisans and allies with this name, together disrupting poverty, fashioning change
WHAT IS THE IBU MOVEMENT?
It is a movement of 50,000 women from over 50 countries, rising into self-authorized lives. Women artisans employ creative skills passed down through generations of mothers - for the first time earning an income to support themselves and their families. Allies in many countries celebrate the artistry of these cultural languages and elevate the women who create beauty out of their hands and imaginations.
IS THERE AN IBU BRAND? HOW DOES IT RELATE TO THE IBU FOUNDATION?
Ibu is a collection of luxury apparel, accessories, and jewelry hand-crafted by global women artisans and offered online, with a flagship showroom and design studio located in Charleston, South Carolina.
As the Ibu team collaborates with women artisans in over 100 cooperatives and groups, lasting relationships form. Seeing needs among the women working on Ibu designs, and hearing from many allies who wanted to support a non-profit arm of this work, the Ibu Foundation was formed.
Through the donations of individuals, grants are made to groups who apply with specific needs and goals. The hope is that women collectively can use their valuable skills to gain ecomomic self-sufficiency and disrupt the cycle of poverty.
By improving work conditions with lighting and heating, building new work spaces, purchasing commercial grade equipment and providing design, managerial and financial planning skills, the Ibu Foundation provides women artisans the opportunity to not only work, but thrive.
We believe, as Melinda Gates put it, When money flows into the hands of women, everything changes. With a new focus on women's economic empowerment connecting women to markets, making sure they have access to financial services and empowering them to help themselves, we aim to help tear down the barriers that keep half the world from leading a full life. Women in developing countries are an untapped resource, with the promise of changing the world, one village at a time.