A social enterprise by the Downtown Women's Center.

Los Angeles, California · 564 Sales


A social enterprise by the Downtown Women's Center.

Los Angeles, California 564 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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handMADE with hope.

“It has become more than the making of a candle—it is about the making of my own candle to make my life shine again."
– Louise, Product-making Workshop Participant

Our beautiful, handcrafted products are created by the women of the Downtown Women's Center (DWC)—the only service provider in Los Angeles's Skid Row community dedicated exclusively to serving women facing homelessness and poverty.

MADE by DWC was founded as a social enterprise to continue the Center's mission to empower women and break cycles of homelessness for good. DWC program participants, staff members, and community artists collaborate to design products using all recycled and repurposed materials. Through our creative workshops, women learn to make all-natural soaps, soy candles, repurposed journals, fabric pouches, and more, while discovering talents and rebuilding self-confidence.

Our goal at MADE by DWC is to do whatever it takes to help women live the fulfilling lives they deserve. We look to a future full of hope; ending homelessness is possible, and it starts with you.

100% of proceeds support DWC programs and services

(Images: Erica Kawamoto Hsu)

Shop policies

Last updated on January 12, 2015

Accepted payment methods

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Returns and exchanges
Refunds & Exchanges
We will honor refunds if you are unsatisfied with your purchase. You must first return the item to us. Once the item is received we will ship you a replacement. Because many of our items are one-of-a-kind, it is unlikely that we'll be able to make the exact same item for you again. However, we'd be happy to exchange it for an item of the same price or a give you a refund.

If you receive a damaged item, we will replace the item.
We except payments through PayPal. Please know that you do not specifically need a PayPal-issued charge card to pay. PayPal is simply the gateway for credit card payments. For details and help on how PayPal works, please click here:

Sales tax will be added to your order.

Our return policy is 30 days.
Please be sure your address is correct. We ship to the address listed in your Etsy account.

Your item(s) will be mailed within three business days.

We use the United States Postal Service for all orders. Shipping costs are listed with each item and are combined for multiple item purchases. The price includes delivery confirmation for domestic orders and a minimal amount for packaging and fees. If shipping and handling costs are actually less than what you've paid, we will credit the difference to your PayPal account.

First Class domestic mail generally arrives in three to five days. Domestic orders weighing 13 ounces or more are mailed via Priority Mail which generally arrives in two to three days, but is not 'guaranteed' to arrive in that time frame.

We only ship within the continental United States.