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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! :)

Education and More, "a Christian nonprofit organization, strives to reduce poverty in Guatemala by providing educational opportunities for students of all ages and by helping those we serve earn a fair income."  They sell ethically fashioned totes, messenger bags and sports bags.

Shop with a mission is part of Heavenly Treasures whose "mission is to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity."  They sell beautiful totes, duffel bags and shopping bags.

Beza Threads believes "that not only rescue but redemption is possible in the life of every enslaved child we encounter."  They work to rescue and provide a new life for boys and girls in slavery in Ethiopia. "Over the last seven years, Beza Thread’s efforts led to the release and restoration of nearly 200 slave children."  Buy their gorgeous leather messenger bags and totes to help continue their work of rescue and redemption!

Amani ya Juu "means 'Peace from Above'. "  They are a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sew beautiful and durable bags and totes in African prints and adorable backpacks for preschool kids.

Re:new "provides employment and community for refugee women who have resettled in the USA."  Each purse and tote is "masterfully handcrafted using recycled textiles by a Re:new artisan."  They offer amazing totes.

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They sell quality crafted duffle and overnight bags, tote bags and business bags.  (To look for their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

WorldCraftsSM "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world."  Their "vision is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on earth."  They sell some amazing tote bags and lunch totes.

Mountain Maid "exists to strengthen the church of Haiti by proclaiming the gospel, making disciples and partnering with local church members to produce products that provide a sustainable income."  They offer cool Haiti-themed tote bags.

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.)

PROJECT LYDIA is "an expansion of Advancing the Kingdom Ministries which serves Uganda, East Africa."  They sell beautiful elephant themed bags made by Ugandan women.  (To look for their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

Rise (the name is inspired by Ezra 10:4) offers a burlap cross body sling bag, handcrafted in Haiti.

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.

Sweatshop Free Bags and Backpacks

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.

Amma's Umma is "an ethical boutique that gives back to adoptions."  "50% of profits are donated to adoption projects."  They offer ethically-made weekender bags.

Three Cords Haiti (inspired by Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) vision is "to bring life transformation through an artisan business that focuses on employing Haitians with disabilities, as well as at-risk women." They sell beautiful totes through ViBella (just search for "tote") with plenty of color and pattern choices for everyone!  (I LOVE my Three Cords tote--it goes everywhere with me!)

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.

Eternal Threads "mission is 'weaving hope and justice' to improve the lives of women and children who are at risk from extreme poverty and trafficking." They offer a variety of bags, backpacks and totes, each with a story to tell.

Hope Outfitters offers ethically made totes, backpacks and duffels 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."

Kurandza is "a non-profit social enterprise that invests in the future of women in Mozambique. Kurandza means 'to love' in Changana, the local language of the people we work with in Mozambique."  They sell beautiful totes made by artisans in Mozambique.

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.)

Below find beautifully and ethically made backpacks, bags and totes for all your carrying and travel needs.  

(For purses, click here.  For laptop, tablet and phone cases, go to our ELECTRONICS page.)

2nd Story Goods is a subsidiary of Much Ministries and works in a small town in Haiti to provide much needed jobs and hope to their community by paying a livable wage to the artisans who make their goods.  They sell cool leather and sheepskin totes.

Haiti Design Coop works in Haiti to develop "craftsmen and leaders that are able to use their skills to provide for their families and contribute to the development of their community."  They sell cool tote bags.