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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 offer Valentine's Day gifts, including Valentine cards. (To also find their products in a retail store in your area, click here.)
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 a large selection of Valentine gifts, including Valentine bracelets, earrings, necklaces, mugs and gifts for kids, all handmade by artisans in Haiti.
Askinosie Chocolate "practices 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." They offer high quality chocolate gifts and gourmet chocolate bars, perfect for your Valentine. (To also find their chocolate in retail locations in your area, 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 unique Valentine's Day gift options, including heart jewelry, purses, artwork, scarves and other love-themed gifts. Each gift comes with the artisan's picture and story.
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 offer awesome Valentine's gifts including a hand-crocheted red heart purse, heart jewelry and handmade pressed flower cards.
Woven Grace sells beautiful fabric Valentine's Day cards made by artisans in Haiti. (The cards are even more beautiful in person and worthy of being framed!) Your purchase helps women and teenagers in Northern Haiti to feed and clothe their families. Each card comes with a touching story. (To also find their cards in retail locations, click here.)
Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty." They sell lots of cool
Valentine's Day themed gifts, including chocolate, jewelry, scarves and more.
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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 offer great Valentine gift options, including card and jewelry sets and Valentine's for kids!
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 awesome charm bangles and necklaces for Valentine's gifts including pizza and kitty charms!