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Azizi Life "partners with rural Rwandans to bring fair trade beauty to your life and theirs."  They sell cool musical shakers from Rwanda

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 an awesome birthday card for a musician, which comes with a bracelet made out of guitar strings!

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They offer fun musical instruments, including drums, flutes and hand percussion.

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 indigenous musical instruments from Peru, including maracas, .flutes, ocarinas, panpipes, whistles and spin drums.

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 fantastic African drums.

 Musical Instruments

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 offer unique instruments from all different countries, including whistles, flutes, thumb pianos (my son loves his :), and xylophones  as well as a variety of percussion instruments.  (To also look for their products in a retail location in your area, click here.)

For the musician or just for fun, below are links to musical instruments ethically sourced from around the globe, as well as musically themed gifts and decorations that give back to the artisans who handcrafted them.