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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 beautiful leather journals.

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 knit kits for kids.  They also offer a curriculum for kids, the Global Change is in Your Hands Workbook, which is perfect for classroom teachers, Sunday-School teachers and home schoolers.  Lesson plans are available for download on the website.

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 cool journals and bookmarks.

Here are beautiful, handmade journals and books which are
helping to change lives around the globe!

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 offer a selection of journals, made of sheepskin, leather or burlap.

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 handmade journals. (To also find their products in retail locations in your area, click here.)

Rise (the name is inspired by Ezra 10:4) offers sheepskin journals, handcrafted in Haiti.  "Each journal requires two hours of skilled labor."

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 some gorgeous journals.

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 a variety of books about Haiti, including coloring books, Haitian cookbooks, books that teach Creole and Creole Bibles.

 Journals and Books

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 40-page Bible study book called Fair Trade: Using our Purchasing Power for Justice and Hope.

Amani ya Juu "means 'Peace from Above'. "  They are a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sell beautiful hand-crafted, kitenge-covered journals.

Woven Grace sells beautiful fabric covered Grace journals 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. Each journal comes with a touching story.  (I loved the journal I ordered as a gift.  It was so beautiful, next time I will have to order one for me!)

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 incredible journals made out of leather and burlap or hammered metal.



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 amazing leather Bibles and journals.