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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 sell a variety of purses, cross body bags, totes and clutches.

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 sell handmade purses for women and girls that each have a story to tell.

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 sell a variety of coin purses, wallets, cosmetic bags and purses.

Azizi Life's vision is: "to participate in local initiatives for the development of Rwandan communities working towards physical and spiritual wholeness for all."  They sell unique handwoven palm leaf coin purses.

Re:new "provides employment and community for refugee women who have resettled in the USA."  Each purse and tote is "masterfully handcrafted using recycled textiles by a Re:new artisan."  They offer amazing purses, wallets, bags and a cool foldover clutch.

Haiti Design Coop works in Haiti to develop "craftsmen and leaders that are able to use their skills to provide for their families and contribute to the development of their community."  They sell beautifully crafted leather clutches and totes.

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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 cute coin purses, cross body bags and leather totes.

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 beaded evening purses and coin purses.

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 sell high quality purses and coin purses.  (To also find their products in a retail store 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 amazing leather shoulder bags and totes.

Amani ya Juu "means 'Peace from Above'. "  They are a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sew beautiful, durable (and washable :) purses in African prints.

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 wide variety of unique purses plus coin purses and wallets for women and girls.  (To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

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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 ethically fashioned purses, coin purses and tote bags.

PROJECT LYDIA "is an expansion of Advancing the Kingdom Ministries which serves Uganda, East Africa."  They sell beautiful elephant and giraffe themed purses made by Ugandan women.  (To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

 Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They sell quality crafted handbags and shoulder bags as well as coin purses.  (To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

Gifts with a Cause has a passion "to provide sustainable income to artisans in developing countries and connect people around the world with stories of positive change through Fair Trade practices."  They partner with World Vision.  They offer embroidered and handmade purses and change purses.  Each one comes with the artisan's picture and story.

Unfortunately many of the purses you will find in your local department store were made in factory "sweatshops".  But the beautiful purses you will find below are helping lift women out of poverty and give them real HOPE.  (For larger totes, bucket bags, duffel bags and shopping bags, check out our "BAGS" page.  Also, check out our EYEGLASSES & KEYCHAINS page and our WALLETS page.)

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 a beautiful selection of totes, clutches, handbags and crossbody bags.

Three Cords Haiti (inspired by Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) vision is "to bring life transformation through an artisan business that focuses on employing Haitians with disabilities, as well as at-risk women." They make purses, totes, clutches and wristlets with enough pattern and color choices to fit everyone's taste! 

The Root Collective "partners with artisans in Guatemala to produce handcrafted shoes. Every purchase changes lives by creating jobs in rural and urban slum communities."  They also offer a cool women's clutches and wallets.

Pal Craftaid is "a volunteer, non-profit ministry of compassion, hope, and healing for Palestinians." They sell beautifully embroidered purses, wallets and coin purses.