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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 sell beautiful origami kits.  They also offer Twisty Snippers, perfect for craft scissors. (To also find their products in retail locations near you, click here.)

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 weaving looms, including looms for children and beautiful, eco-friendly cotton yarn.

 Crafts for a Cause

KidKnits motto is “You’re never too young to change a life on the other side of the world.”  KidKnits "started with the very simple idea of a nine-year old girl – to make hats out of hand-made yarn from Rwanda."  KidKnits sells craft kits for kids and purchases the yarn from women in Rwanda and Chile who desperately need the income.  They also offer handspun yarn for crafters. Each skein of yarn comes with the story of the woman who spun it.  (I ordered their knit kit for my 8-year-old son and he was so excited to knit his own hat!)

Do you enjoy crafts but struggle finding ethically-sourced supplies?  It can be difficult to trace which craft supplies come from sweatshops or are made from cotton sourced from fields using forced child labor.  Below find craft materials you can trace right to the source and know your purchase is supporting a good cause!

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They sell hand-carved Indian wood block print sets for hand-stamping paper or textiles.

31 Bits sells jewelry handmade by women rising out of poverty in Uganda and Indonesia.  "The “31” comes from Proverbs 31, where it describes a diligent woman providing and caring for her family.  The “bits” comes from what the beads are made out of…bits of paper!"  They offer jewelry kits for kids to make their own jewelry, featuring their beautiful handmade beads.