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Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty." They sell a variety of gorgeous wedding gifts which are ethically made. (Check out their Wedding Lookbook.) Serrv also offers a gift registry on their website. (To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)
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." They offer customized mini mug and coffee wedding favors.
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 some beautiful home decor items which would make lovely wedding gifts.
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 beautiful bridesmaid greeting cards which come with pearl earrings.
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." They sell formal women's dresses, great for attending the wedding or for bridemaids.
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 bulk chocolate gifts which can be personalized for wedding favors.
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 wire "love" bowls which would make beautiful wedding gifts. Each gift comes with the artisan's picture and story. (I ordered one of these bowls as a gift and it was quite the hit at the bridal shower!)
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." For the big day, they sell beautiful cake and appetizer stands, festive goblets and serving sets, gorgeous candles and candle holders as well as wedding cards. Plus they have gift guides to finding the perfect gift for the newlyweds, the bridesmaids and the groomsmen. They also offer a gift registry on their website. (To also find their products in a retail shop near you, click here.)
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." They sell beautifully handwoven towels and placements and other perfect wedding presents.
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." They sell beautiful notecards that would make nice wedding invitations, as well as gorgeous pearl necklaces.