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.

(To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

Valentine's Day.  A holiday all about love.  Unfortunately love is not always shown to the people at the bottom of the supply chains producing the Valentine's gifts we buy.  Most Valentine chocolate contains cocoa from West Africa which can be tainted with child slavery.  (For more info check out Art of Simple's excellent article on Chocolate), and Valentine flowers are often cut using child labor in Ecuador or Columbia.  But you can show love this year not just to your family and friends, but also to people overseas who desperately need better jobs by buying your Valentines through the links below.  

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 and love garlands. (To also find their products in a retail store in your area, click here.)

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."  They offer some cool Valentine bracelet gift sets.

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.

Amani ya Juu "means 'Peace from Above'. "  They are a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sell Valentine gifts including cute heart key chains, beautiful Valentine's Day cards and kanga heart pillows.

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!) They are part of 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 card comes with a touching story. (To also find their cards in retail locations, click here.)

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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 cool Valentine's with jewelry, including Valentine bracelets, Valentine heart charm necklaces and bangles.