Change the World by How You Shop Logo: The U.S. Ethical Shopping Guide

Azizi Life "partners with rural Rwandans to bring fair trade beauty to your life and theirs."  They sell cool musical shakers from Rwanda

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They offer fun drums for musical play.

Papillon Enterprise is "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 beautiful decorative musical hooks, handmade in Haiti out of hammered metal.

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 indigenous musical instruments from Peru, including maracas, flutes, ocarinas, panpipes, whistles and spin drums.

Shop with a mission is part of Heavenly Treasures whose "mission is to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity." They sell an amazing decorative iron guitar, handmade out of recycled materials.

 Musical Gifts

The Village Country Store is "a fair trade gift shop offering high quality unique handcrafted and handmade artisan gifts and crafts from around the globe."  They offer a large selection of unique musical instruments from around the world. They also offer music-themed wall art.

Ten Thousand Villages, "the original fair trader," started 65 years ago. They offer unique instruments from all different countries, including whistles, flutes, thumb pianos (my son loves his :), and xylophones  as well as a variety of percussion instruments.  (To also look for their products in a retail location in your area, click here.)

For the musician or just for fun, below are links to musical instruments ethically sourced from around the globe, as well as musically themed gifts and decorations that give back to the artisans who handcrafted them.

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 offer beautiful musical-themed note card sets on Etsy, a perfect gift for a music lover!