Shop to Bring Joy
Joy Instead of Mourning
Feeling discouraged at all the darkness in the world? Below we highlight our favorite brands which are offering people who have come out of the darkness of poverty, exploitation, persecution or neglect the opportunity to discover real joy and a new life. Follow any of these brands to hear their inspiring stories and bring a bright spot to your inbox or social media feed. Buying their products will bring joy to your home, not only because of the handcrafted beauty, but also because the story behind how they were made will bring a smile to your face every time you look at them!
(NOTES: Prices and availability may change without notice. If you buy through some of these links, a small amount will come back to help support our mission.)
"Restores hope to women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia." Buy their incredible jewelry and help bring hope and a new life to these women! (I love my Starfish Project bracelet. And I love how each piece of jewelry comes with the name of the woman who made it so you can look up their story.)
Their mission is "to renew hope, reignite dreams and release potential for survivors of human trafficking." Read some of their stories of transformation here. And browse their meaningful collection of jewelry, accessories, pet products, food, coffee and gifts.
Shop With a Mission
I am a frequent customer of this shop and their products have brought lots of joy to my household an everyone I've given them to. But I love browsing their site and reading the stories of transforming joy behind every product they sell!
“Rosie's greeting cards exists to create jobs for mamas in Haiti." Their hand-embroidered greeting card sets are beautiful and fun to give, and will bring joy both to the recipient and the maker of the card!
"A livelihood project created to help widows and single mothers" in the Philippines. "Every piece carrying hope and every purchase an expression of love." Their fun amigurumi crocheted toys will bring a smile to your face.
"Giving hope and opportunity to women and children at risk or forced into the commercial sex trade." Their fair trade toys, apparel, home goods, gifts and jewelry are beautifully made. Check out their videos to learn more and follow them for fun sales and inspiring stories of transformed lives!
The Lemonade Boutique
Sells beautiful products made by women who "take life’s lemons and make lemonade." They offer women's fashion that gives back joy to the women who make it and will bring joy to you in wearing it (as well as bring lots of compliments, like I frequently get on my purse above!)
Their fair trade, organic soaps and lip balm are helping bring joy both to beekeepers in Zambia and to the customers who use their products (which smell heavenly!) Check out their #PeopleThriving blog to bring some brightness to your day (and while you are there, you can read our feature on this blog!)
"When you purchase from Beza Threads, you don't just give joy to a loved one--you empower & give freedom, hope and life to a former slave in Ethiopia."
Bring joy by purchasing their beautiful scarves, leather bags, backpacks and wallets.
“Together with women rescued from human trafficking, they create jewelry that carries their stories.” Those stories of past pain turned to joy shine as beautifully as the jewelry they sell!
Mercy House Global has been bringing joy for the past 10 years, from rescuing pregnant teen moms in the slums to creating dignified jobs for women in poverty, to building relationships with newly arrived refugees, the stories will cause you to rejoice with every purchase you make from their fair trade gift shop.
Provides hope "to survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal" who sew their truly elegant tops and dresses for women and girls as well as men's tees. (Me and my girls love our matching Elegantees tops!) Read this blog for a firsthand account of how they are bringing joy through their sewing center in Nepal.
Hands Producing Hope
Their mission is "to bring opportunity and hope to families in isolated communities around the world." Shop their beautiful handcrafted gifts and home decor to join them in bringing hope and joy.