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 sell "Me & My Doll craft kits for girls to knit matching hats for themselves and their doll!
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!" They offer jewelry kits for kids to make their own jewelry, featuring their beautiful handmade beads.
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." They offer adorable Haitian dolls.
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 amazing wooden toys and games for kids. (My son absolutely loved his painted wooden truck I ordered for him!)
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 toys for kids, including stuffed animals, plush balls, tic-tac-toe games and make-your-own-bracelet kits.
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 beautifully sewn Haitian dolls representing different parts of Haiti (Note: Ideal for older children, as these are collector items).
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 cute handcrafted toys for both girls and boys. (To also find their products in a retail location 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 games and puzzles and fun instruments for musical play. (To also find 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 hand knitted stuffed animals and finger puppets. (To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)
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