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Askinosie Chocolate started with an answer to a prayer and now they practice Direct Trade with their cocoa farmer partners, building relationships and paying higher than fair trade prices for their quality beans. They are "dedicated not just to making the best quality chocolate you can buy, but to making it in such a way that the more you learn about it, the better you feel about it." Watch their videos here.
Three Cords Haiti (inspired by Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) has a vision "to bring life transformation through an artisan business that focuses on employing Haitians with disabilities, as well as at-risk women." Their mission is to "provide opportunities in the workplace for job empowerment, spiritual development and growth in life skills that will produce products that come with inspiring stories of life change."
Vi Bella Jewelry provides employment in Haiti and their mission "is centered on providing a path out of poverty for our artisans and a deep desire to form a community for them that is encouraging and prayerful. The employment that Vi Bella artisans are given creating jewelry and accessories also creates more beautiful lives for them, their children, and their communities."
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 believe "the marriage of design and purpose can have a long lasting ripple effect of development and community building".
BELJOY means "beautiful joy." "BÉLJOY was born out of a vision to give the people of Haiti opportunities to earn money through honest and dignified work." "Every purchase made directly affects lives in Haiti and increases the opportunity to bless others. The Haitian people have changed our lives, showing us that true joy, despite circumstance, can only come from Jesus." Check out their very unique and beautiful jewelry here.
Three Avocados is "a non-profit organization formed by a group of Christians after a mission trip to Uganda.' They feel "compelled to help those in need so that they may see the light of Christ shine through our organization." The name was inspired by the touching story of a widow the founders met on their mission trip. They sell "World Changing Coffee" and 100% of proceeds are donated to provide clean drinking water to those in need around the world.
Land of a Thousand Hills "brings life-changing work to communities in Rwanda. When you buy Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, you help families provide for themselves with living wages, you build homes for orphans, give care to widows, and most importantly, give hope to entire coffee growing communities." Check out their video on Engaging Redemption.
A Sister’s Heart is "a socially minded business that uses art and design to provide economic and educational development for young Honduran women who have chosen to change the course of their lives...encouraging them to become the women that God created them to be with dignity and nobility."
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."
Haiti Deaf Academy is "a Christian organization with a dorm for 54 children who would otherwise have no access to language or education." Their mission is "to provide quality products made by Deaf Haitian artisans to create independence through job creation." They offer "handmade crafts by Deaf students and community members of the Haiti Deaf Academy." Proceeds from these crafts "will allow the Haiti Deaf Academy to expand its offerings for children and adults."
Evan Brooke Ethical Clothing "is proud to bring to you beautiful, quality garments made ethically in effort to: FIGHT modern-day slavery, protect the Earth, and promote fair trade." Evan Brooke "a military spouse, mom to 4, native Texan, and believer in Jesus." She started her company because of her passion to make a difference in combating human trafficking. Check out her videos here.
Goex makes custom printed 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."
Cross Trade is "built on the belief that giving job opportunities is the best way to provide HOPE for people in need." "Every purchase supports a family in Brazil who are struggling to emerge from poverty."
Mercy House "exists to engage, empower and disciple women around the globe in Jesus’ name. Engage those with resources to say yes to the plight of women in poverty. Empower women and teenage mothers around the world through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development." "We engage women through maternity homes in Kenya and employment through Fair Trade Friday in more than 15 countries all around the world." Learn more and watch their video here.
Little by Little helps keep children in Haiti out of orphanages by reaching out to employ parents who are on the verge of giving their children up due extreme poverty. They believe "God created children to grow and thrive in families and that poverty alone should never be the reason children are separated from their families of origin." Watch their video here.
Hands Producing Hope works in Rwanda and Costa Rica with a mission of "providing the economic, educational, and spiritual resources necessary to empower remote communities to rise above poverty." Their vision is "to see all people be afforded opportunities to have dignified and respectable work, and to provide for their families and flourish in their communities."
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." They partner with True Vineyard Ministries in Rwanda and Casa Ursulina in Chile to purchase handspun yarn from women who desperately need the income.
Papillon Enterprise is " a socially & ecologically conscious business with a mission of stimulating the Haitian economy by exporting and marketing Haitian artisan goods. We are creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage because they can’t feed them." Check out their video here.
Ten Thousand Villages started 65 years ago partnered 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. Watch their videos here.
Pal Craftaid is "a volunteer, non-profit ministry of compassion, hope, and healing for all Palestinians." They help Palestinian artisans find a market for their goods.
Nomi Network, with their " But Her Bag Not Her Body" slogan, work in India and Cambodia "to create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of trafficking by providing training, product development, and marketing support. Nomi Network began with a simple embrace from a young survivor of sexual exploitation in Cambodia named Nomi."
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." The income their artisans receive helps them provide for their families' food, basic needs and schooling for their children.
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."
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!"
Hope Outfitters designs and sells ethically made apparel 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 cool T-shirts, you are joining with them in "making a difference that will last for all eternity." Watch their video here.
Azizi Life's vision is: "to participate in local initiatives for the development of Rwandan communities working towards physical and spiritual wholeness for all."
Mission Lazarus "glorifies God by advancing His Kingdom through holistic ministry and social enterprise with educational, medical, agricultural, and spiritual outreaches." Their 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." Click here to watch a video about their San Lazaro Coffee Estate.
31 Bits sells jewelry handmade by women rising out of poverty in Uganda and Indonesia. "The “31” comes from Proverbs 31, where it describes a diligent woman providing and caring for her family. The “bits” comes from what the beads are made out of…bits of paper!" To learn more, click here to watch their videos.
The Shoe That Grows is part of Because International. The shoes, which grow five sizes, were invented to give children in poverty shoes that grow with them, instead of them wearing shoes several sizes too small or none at all! They have distributed over 75,000 pairs of shoes to kids in need around the world.
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." "PJT began as an initiative of the Presbyterian Hunger Program."
Here are the organizations listed on this website, along with the reasons we promote them. They represent many different backgrounds and work in many different countries, but they all share a few things in common. They all started because of faith in God or are partnered with faith-based organizations. And they all are helping people escape from poverty and exploitation by offering job training and/or providing a market for their goods. By shopping through any of these organizations you are joining with them in changing lives and showing God's love to others. (To find their products in a store near you, go to our RETAIL page.)
You can make a real difference in the world by how you shop!
(If you know of an organization that should be added to this list, please contact us.)
Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty." They began in 1949 "with a small group of Church of the Brethren relief workers helping refugees rebuild after World War II." Now they work in 30 countries around the world.