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Be a part of building a brand that empowers impoverished women through design. Hope is our message. Fashion is our medium.


Tribe Alive is a lifestyle brand that utilizes a passion for fashion and responsible commerce as a platform to help alleviate poverty among women. We currently work with global non-profits all over the world to help employ marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, a sustainable income and a chance to determine their own future. Tribe Alive strives to create positive change in the lives of women by providing market place access through the fair production and sale of our beautiful and unique pieces. We believe that every purchase should be made with a purpose, and that there is nothing more stylish than giving back. 

Tribe Alive Co-Founders Carly & Ashley recently returned home from a production trip to Central America, where they were able to see first hand the positive impact that their business model has on the lives of women living in extreme poverty. They came back with a strong desire to expand their  operation in order to provide more women with educational and employment opportunities. Carly and Ashley are humbly asking for financial support to help fund the launch of their second collection so that they can continue to impact the issues that women face in the developing world. Through Tribe Alive women all over the world are finding a new sense of hope and stability, and Carly and Ashley are inviting you to join their movement in empowering lives through design. 


At Tribe Alive we believe that everytime we spend our money we are casting a vote for the kind of world we want. Be a part of building a brand that empowers impoverished women through design, and cast your own vote today! 



Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I contribute to Tribe Alive what will my money be used for?

    90% of all contributions made will fund the production of Tribe Alive's second collection, thus offering numerous impoverished artisans with meaningful employment. Carly & Ashley have committed that the remaining 10% will be donated to their non-profit partners to support social programs that empower the communities that their artisan partners live in.

  • What is Fair Trade?

    Trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries.

  • What does social responsibility mean?

    Social responsibility refers to people and organizations behaving and conducting business ethically and with sensitivity towards social, cultural, economic and environmental issues.

  • Why is social responsibility important?

    The importance of social responsibility lies in the fact that smart business decisions are not just a matter of counting short-term dollars and cents. Wise decision-makers look at the future impact of today’s choices – on people, on the community and on the opinions of customers.

  • Why Women?

    More than 1 billion in the world today, the great majority of whom are women, live in unacceptable conditions of poverty. The phenomenon in which women represent disproportionate percentages of the world's poor is not only a consequence of lack of income, but is also the result of the deprivation of capabilities and gender biases present in both societies and governments. As its been said, 'poverty has a woman's face.'

  • How does Tribe Alive's business model impact the lives of impoverished women in the developing world?

    Tribe Alive builds sustainable partnerships with artisans from around the world, by connecting them with consumers through our online marketplace. We seek to empower female artisans to rise above poverty and support their families through the use of their artisanal skills. With access to the global marketplace, our artisans maintain meaningful employment and a sustainable income, and eventually become models for economic empowerment in their communities.

  • Where are Tribe Alive's artisan partners from?

    Tribe Alive works with artisan partners in Ethiopia, Guatemala and Honduras, with plans to expand into multiple other countries.

  • What type of product does Tribe Alive sell?

    Tribe Alive's first collection is focused around women's non-apparel. We have a bag collection in production in Honduras and Guatemala, as well as jewelry capsule collections in production in Ethiopia and Honduras.

  • Where can I buy Tribe Alive product?

    Tribe Alive's product will be sold through an online marketplace at www.tribe-alive.com which goes live November 1, 2014. All Tilt contributors will receive a gift from Tribe Alive, gaining access to product before the collection ever launches!

  • Will Tribe Alive build partnerships in the United States?

    Absolutely! Tribe Alive is extremely passionate about the issues women face all over the world, and are especially connected to those at home. Carly and Ashley are focused on developing partnerships that will work to alleviate poverty and homelessness in their home of Ft. Worth, TX.

  • Does Tribe Alive work with wholesalers?

    Yes. For wholesale inquiries you can contact carly@tribe-alive.com or ashley@tribe-alive.com.

  • How can global non-profits get involved in Tribe Alive's work?

    Carly and Ashley love to build new partnerships, and are always looking for great organizations to work with. If you are a non-profit and want to work with Tribe Alive you can contact carly@tribe-alive.com or ashley@tribe-alive.com

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