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.)
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.
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.)
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.
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.)
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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.
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.