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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." Today they work with thousands of artisans in 38 countries. They sell lots of items for a home office, including very unique clocks & calendars and bookends. (To also look for 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 some beautiful desk accent pieces.
Goex makes t-shirts "in our own state-of-the-art production center in Haiti and decorate in our own print shop in Kansas City, MO. All of our employees earn a local living wage." GOEX is "owned by The Global Orphan Project. We devote all profits to care for orphaned and vulnerable children." They offer group custom printed t-shirts, perfect for office staff or fundraisers.
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 so many cool products for your home office or work desk, including carved desk accent pieces, beautiful pencil and pen holders, unique letter openers, and gorgeous business card holders
Freedom’s Promise is "a faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with indigenous Cambodian groups to prevent human trafficking and child exploitation by transforming communities." They sell cool eco-friendly elephant messenger bags, which are upcycled from cement bags! They also have unique lunch bags made from recycled rice bags.
Woven Grace sells beautiful magnetic notepad covers 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 handmade product comes with a touching story.
Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty." They sell beautifully made office products, including bookends & doorstops, desk organizers & accents and decorative boxes & penny banks. (To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)
Three Avocados (whose name was inspired by the touching story of a widow the founders met on a mission trip to Uganda), sells "World Changing Coffee"and net proceeds are donated to provide clean drinking water to those in need around the world. They offer cool coffee tumblers to take with you to the office each morning!