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." Today they work with thousands of artisans in 38 countries. They sell beautiful gift bags, gift boxes, fabric gift bags and colorful sari gift wrap. (To also find their products in a retail location near you, click here.)
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 cute Birthday Gift/Favor Bags and Canvas Gift Bags.
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 recycled fabric gift bags for jewelry and burlap gift bags for ornaments. "Out of her one room home with no electricity or running water, Rose lovingly creates these gift bags on her non-electric trundle sewing machine."
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