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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 napkins, batik aprons (also for kids!), coasters and serving baskets.

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 colorful kitchen linens, including place mats, napkins, kitchen towels and table runners.

Amani ya Juu "means 'Peace from Above'. "  They are a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sew gorgeous, quality kitchen products, including aprons for women, men and girls (I love mine!), hot pads, placemats, napkins and coasters.  They also offer an assortment of beautiful wooden serving spoons and bowls.

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 kitchen products from Haiti, including carved salad spoons & bowls, mortar & pestle, cool napkin holders and a plantain press.

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 a variety of beautiful kitchen products, including chopsticks, carved wooden salad spoons spatulas, hotpads  and silk placemats.

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 table covers, table runners, placemats, napkins, baskets and dish towels; each with a story to tell.

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  Their kitchen products are also too numerous to list and include kitchen linens & tablecloths, beautiful serving bowlstrays, cutting boards & bread warmers, decorative mugs & teapots and kitchen tools & canisters.  (To also find their products in a retail shop near you, click here.)

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 handmade mugs with verses.

MudLOVE  sells beautiful pottery mugs handmade in Indiana.  Every product you purchase provides one week of clean water to someone in need in Central African Republic through their nonprofit partner, Water for Good.  Check out their cool Inspirational Mugs, Classic Mugs and Custom Mugs.

Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry Co. is a clothing and jewelry store started by Christians who wanted to make a difference by "purchasing hand-crafted goods from the indigenous people of developing nations at their asking price."  They offer kitchen dish towels with cool sayings and glassware, condiment trays and pitchers.

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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 hot pads and oven mitts, hand towels and aprons. (To also find their products in retail stores near you, click here.)

PROJECT LYDIA "is an expansion of Advancing the Kingdom Ministries which serves Uganda, East Africa.  The project helps local widows and abandoned women overcome adversity and thrive in every area of their lives."  They sell hot pad trivets and beautiful oval star tray baskets.

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

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 trivets, decorative bowls and platter and a cute coaster set.

Cross Trade is "built on the belief that giving job opportunities is the best way to provide HOPE for people in need."  They sell gorgeous wooden placemats  and beautiful terra cotta pottery bakeware and serving dishes, which are "making a difference in the lives of the poor of Brazil".

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 have a large selection of kitchen items, (too many to list them all!), including trays & platters,  bowls & cookware, napkins, rings & placemats, tableware, tablecloths and coasters, hot mats & trivets.  

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

Azizi Life "partners with rural Rwandans to bring fair trade beauty to your life and theirs." They have cool woven trays, napkin rings and trivets

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 offer coffee scoops, coasters, decorative bowls and also a Fair Trade Friday home box with kitchen items.

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 kitchen aprons and pot holders.

Pal Craftaid is "a volunteer, non-profit ministry of compassion, hope, and healing for Palestinians."  They sell beautifully carved olive wood cutting boards, spatulas, salad spoons, coasters and honey dippers (I have their honey dipper and love it--it is beautiful!)

Where do the items in your kitchen come from?  Below find links to kitchen products which are fairly traded, ethically sourced, eco-friendly, handcrafted, sweatshop-free, and, well, you get the idea.  

These are products you can purchase knowing exactly where they came from and think of the artisans every time you use them!  (For kitchen ingredients, also check out our FOOD & DRINK page.)

 Kitchens that Make a Difference

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 handcrafted table runners and olive wood tongs.