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The Mercy House Shop is "a global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House Global." They "engage women through maternity homes in Kenya and employment through Fair Trade Friday in more than 15 countries all around the world." They sell pretty Market Tote Bags. (I love mine - they are perfect to grab and go! :)
Partners for Just Trade is a "non-profit, faith-based organization that builds partnerships between producers living in extreme poverty and consumers in North America." They sell some very cool cross body bags and bucket bags, travel bags and totes and backpacks for kids.
(To find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)
Krochet Kids began with the incredible story of three college-age guys who liked to crochet sharing that skill with refugee women in Uganda. "Every purchase impacts a life and every product is hand-signed by the lady who made it." They sell backpacks, duffels and totes for men and women. To find their products in a retail location near you, click here.
Freedom’s Promise is "a faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with indigenous Cambodian groups to prevent human trafficking and child exploitation by transforming communities." They sell library bags, beach bags, grocery bags, messenger bags and lunch bags "uniquely handcrafted from recycled rice bags." (I ordered their grocery bags -- they are amazing!)
Trades of Hope sells products made by women who "have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have HIV/AIDS and leprosy...with Trades of Hope's help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!" They offer a gorgeous collection of totes and weekender bags.
The Mission Lazarus social enterprise "program exists to empower local Hondurans and Haitians, who would otherwise not have the opportunity, to learn artisan skills and sustainable business development training in efforts to advance their overall education." They offer incredible leather totes, duffels and briefcases.
Hope Outfitters offers ethically made totes with 100% of the profits being donated to chosen charities. With their "Buy 1 Give 100" plan, they have "healed the sick, sheltered the homeless, rescued girls out of human trafficking, provided clean water, granted money to adopting families, and so much more..." By purchasing their products, you are joining with them in "making a difference that will last for all eternity."
Ten Thousand Villages started 65 years ago with the Mennonite Central Committee to "provide sustainable economic opportunities for artisans in developing countries by creating a viable marketplace for their products in North America." They sell high quality business bags, totes and overnight bags as well as backpacks. (To also find their products in a retail location near you, click here.)