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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 offer Christmas ornaments, garlands, decorations, tree toppers and nativities.  They also sell Christmas cards, gift wrap and gift bags.  Plus, they have an awesome gift giving guide for every one on your list! (To also find their products in retail locations, click here.)

Little by Little helps keep children in Haiti out of orphanages by reaching out to employ parents who are on the verge of giving their children up due extreme poverty.  They sell beautiful Christmas ornaments, nativities and Christmas wall art.

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 cute Christmas ornaments.

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 a large selection of unique Christmas ornaments and nativities.  (I ordered the cardinal ornaments for my mom for Christmas--she loved them!)

Vi Bella Jewelry provides employment in Haiti and their mission "is centered on providing a path out of poverty for our artisans and a deep desire to form a community for them that is encouraging and prayerful."  they offer beautiful Christmas ornaments, made in Haiti.

Christmas.  The time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus with a season of giving.  Unfortunately too many of those gifts are unwittingly bought at the expense of the exploited worker who made them.  This year try out a new kind of Christmas shopping which gives both ways.  This website is full of ideas for ethical Christmas gifts.  Start by checking out our Gift Giving Guide.  (Also check out Unexpected.org's Slave-Free Christmas Shopping Guides!) Then look below to find all your Christmas decorations and cards.  All of these gifts will bless both the maker and the receiver!

Amani ya Juu "means 'Peace from Above'. "  They are a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sell beautifully sewn Christmas ornaments, stockings, tree skirts and placemats as well as Christmas cards.  (I love their adorable Kitenge Angel Ornaments :)

Woven Grace sells gorgeous fabric Christmas cards made by artisans in Haiti. They are partnered with Football Club of Grace, a Christian non-profit organization. Your purchase helps women and teenagers in Northern Haiti to feed and clothe their families.  (I order these cards every year to send out as Christmas cards.  They are so beautiful and the stories on the back bring tears to my eyes!)  To also find their cards in retail locations, click here.

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They sell a large selection of beautiful Christmas ornaments, decorations, garlands, nativities and tree toppers. They also offer Christmas chocolates and chocolate advent calendars.  

(To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

Papillon Enterprise is " a socially & ecologically conscious business with a mission of stimulating the Haitian economy by exporting and marketing Haitian artisan goods. We are creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage because they can’t feed them."  They offer beautifully crafted metal angels perfect for your wall at Christmas time.

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Anchored in Hope's mission is "to empower Haitian artisans to provide for their families with dignity. Our desire is to inspire hope for a better tomorrow through our reliance on the anchor that we have in Jesus Christ."  They sell beautiful wall art, carefully hammered out of 55-gallon metal oil drums, including some awesome Christmas-themed pieces and ornaments.

Pal Craftaid is "a volunteer, non-profit ministry of compassion, hope, and healing for Palestinians." They sell beautiful olive wood Christmas ornaments and nativities carved in the land where Jesus was born.

Haiti Deaf Academy's mission is "to provide quality products made by Deaf Haitian artisans to create independence through job creation."  They offer "handmade crafts by Deaf students and community members of the Haiti Deaf Academy."  They sell a cool handmade metal Christmas star ornament.

Azizi Life "partners with rural Rwandans to bring fair trade beauty to your life and theirs."  They sell handmade Christmas ornaments and nativities.

Askinosie Chocolate trades directly with cocoa farmers, building relationships and paying higher than fair trade prices for their quality beans.  They are "dedicated not just to making the best quality chocolate you can buy, but to making it in such a way that the more you learn about it, the better you feel about it."  They offer some delicious chocolate gifts for the holidays.  

(Click here to also find their chocolate in retail locations.)

Ethical Christmas Shopping Guide

Rise (the name is inspired by Ezra 10:4) offers a variety of Christmas ornaments, handcrafted in Haiti.

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 beautiful Christmas ornaments.

Market Haiti is " a market place designed to empower & market Haitian artisans in their work". They "are officially endorsed by the Apparent Project, and are also working with other artisans in Haiti to make a difference in the lives of working families."  They sell beautiful and unique Christmas decorations,  and Christmas nativities, handmade by Haitian artisans.

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 beautiful Christmas decorations including nativities, angels, Christmas ornaments and candle holders.

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 offer Christmas ornaments, Christmas cards, advent calendars, decorations, stockings and nativities.

LivAfrika's mission "is to help support the women and children in South Africa who are affected by extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and gender inequality."  They offer handmade beaded Christmas ornaments.

Gifts with a Cause has a passion "to provide sustainable income to artisans in developing countries and connect people around the world with stories of positive change through Fair Trade practices."  They partner with World Vision.  They offer a variety of unique Christmas ornaments and Christmas gifts.  Each one comes with the artisan picture and story.