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Market Haiti is " a market place designed to empower & market Haitian artisans in their work". They "are officially endorsed by the Apparent Project, and are also working with other artisans in Haiti to make a difference in the lives of working families." They sell cool journals and bookmarks, handcrafted by Haitian artisans.
"Woven Joy, a Fair Trade Federation member, is a faith-based nonprofit organization working with artisans in the Philippines to create, produce and sell some of the world's finest quality handwoven friendship goods.” They sell handwoven bookmarks and custom bookmarks which can be personalized with your child's name.
MudLOVE sells inspiring bracelets, 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. They offer custom bracelets, which can be personalized with your child's name, school or message.
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 Fair Trade Teacher Gift Boxes, and other great teacher gifts, perfect to give to your favorite teacher!
Amani ya Juu "means 'Peace from Above'. " They are a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sew adorable backpacks and shark pencil cases for younger children (my four-year-old loved his "fish who eats crayons" :) and durable school totes for older children. They also offer beautiful totes which are perfect for the teacher on the go.
Krochet Kids began with the incredible story of three college-age guys who liked to crochet sharing that skill with refugee women in Uganda. "Every purchase impacts a life and every product is hand-signed by the lady who made it." They sell men's and women's backpacks, perfect for high school or college students.
(To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)
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 school events and sports teams.
KidKnits motto is “You’re never too young to change a life on the other side of the world.” KidKnits "started with the very simple idea of a nine-year old girl – to make hats out of hand-made yarn from Rwanda." KidKnits sells knit kits for kids. They also offer a curriculum for kids, the Global Change is in Your Hands Workbook, which is perfect for classroom teachers, Sunday-School teachers and home schoolers. Lesson plans are available for download on the website.
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 gift boxes, perfect for a teacher gift!
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 cool tin lunch boxes and sand which keepers. (To also look for their products in a retail store near you, click here.)
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 adorable kids backpacks (my kindergartner loves his monkey backpack! :) and manta pencil cases and water bottle carriers and a spiral messenger bag, perfect for older children to transport school supplies.
Woven Grace sells beautiful magnetic notepad covers made by artisans in Haiti, perfect for a teacher gift (and they also offer gorgeous greeting cards to go with the gift!) 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. (I ordered these notepads as teacher gifts this year and they were perfect!)
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 a variety of books about Haiti, including coloring books, Haitian cookbooks, books that teach Creole and Creole Bibles. Great for cross-cultural or foreign country projects at school.
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 an adorable turtle backpack for kids..
By purchasing these school supplies for your children, you are helping children in developing countries afford to attend school. For ethical school clothes, check out our Kids Clothing page.
(Also check out The Root Collective's blog on ethical "Back to School Stylin'")
Here you can also find some great teacher supplies and teacher gifts.
Hope Outfitters offers ethically made water bottles and lanyards with 100% of the profits being donated to chosen charities. With their "Buy 1 Give 100" plan, they have "healed the sick, sheltered the homeless, rescued girls out of human trafficking, provided clean water, granted money to adopting families, and so much more..." By purchasing their products, you are joining with them in "making a difference that will last for all eternity."