Helping Hands: Southern Businesses Making an Impact

Helping Hands
Photography courtesy of ABLE.


Women’s well-being is a top priority for Nashville’s ABLE, a fashionable apparel, accessories, and jewelry company. ABLE partners with manufacturers in Ethiopia, Peru, and Mexico, and has a home-based jewelry production team. Founder Barrett Ward’s ultimate goal is to end the cycle of poverty by offering women steady work. A purchase from ABLE gives you a beautiful item and helps other women, says Jen Milam, the company’s director of merchandising. “We’re really allowing women to be participants in building up other women,” she says.