Three Cords Haiti is "an artisan business that focuses on employing Haitians with disabilities, as well as at-risk women." They sell beautiful purses through ViBella Jewelry.  (Note: Just type "bag" in the search box).

WorldCraftsSM "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world."  They sell a variety of high-quality purses, cross body bags, totes and clutches.

Adored Boutique's "offers an encouraging environment where a woman can embrace her true identity and celebrate the impact her purchase will make on another woman's life."  They offer a variety of ethically-made purses, bags and clutches.

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 sell handmade purses for women and girls.

Persona Grata Goods is "designed to help moms who care about the world make a difference in the lives of other moms!"  They offer amazing carpet bag purses, sewn by refugees in North Carolina.  They also offer lovely African-style clutches on Etsy.

Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry Co. seeks to make a difference by "purchasing hand-crafted goods from the indigenous people of developing nations."  They sell a variety of coin purses and wallets.

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 great selection of handbags, clutches and totes, including ones creatively upcycled using seatbelts, labels, plastic bags and bicycle tire tubes!

(Note: Keep scrolling down, there's lot of variety!)

Gifts with a Cause has a passion "to provide sustainable income to artisans in developing countries."  They offer embroidered and handmade purses and change purses.  Each one comes with the artisan's picture and story.

Pal Craftaid is "a volunteer, non-profit ministry of compassion, hope, and healing for Palestinians." They sell beautifully embroidered purses and coin purses.

Re:new "provides employment and community for refugee women who have resettled in the USA."  Each purse and tote is "masterfully handcrafted using recycled textiles by a Re:new artisan."  They offer amazing purses, wallets, and totes.

Amma's Umma is "an ethical boutique that gives back to adoptions."  They offer ethically-made handbags, cross-body bags and totes.

Haiti Design Coop works in Haiti to develop "craftsmen and leaders that are able to use their skills to provide for their families and contribute to the development of their community."  They sell beautifully crafted leather clutches and totes.

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2nd Story Goods works in a small town in Haiti to provide much needed jobs and hope to their community.  They offer cute coin purses, cross body bags and leather totes.

The Sparrow Studio's "primary goal is to create a fair trade marketplace for handmade home decor and jewelry."  They sell beautiful purses, including handbags, foldovers, clutches and crossbody.

Ten Thousand Villages, "the original fair trader," started in 1946.  They sell high quality purses and coin purses.  (To find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

The Mosaic Collective exists "to empower international small business owners and skills-based nonprofits by offering beautiful products at a price that is fair to the artisans who create them." They sell beautiful handcrafted purses and clutches.

The Mission Lazarus social enterprise "program exists to empower local Hondurans and Haitians."  They offer amazing leather clutches, wallets, shoulder bags and totes.

Amani ya Juu is a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sew beautiful, durable (and even washable :) purses in African prints. (I love my mini messenger bag!)

Kurandza is "a non-profit social enterprise that invests in the future of women in Mozambique."  They sell beautiful clutches and totes made by artisans in Mozambique.

Trades of Hope sells products made by women whose "story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!"  They offer a beautiful selection of clutches, handbags and crossbody bags.

Imagine Goods partners "with vulnerable and marginalized people around the world to make products that, in many cases, give the first fair wages they've ever received."  They sell sustainable cross-body purses and wristlets.

31 Bits sells products handmade by women rising out of poverty in Uganda and Indonesia.  They offer woven crossbody bags, drum bags and clutches.

PROJECT LYDIA "is an expansion of Advancing the Kingdom Ministries which serves Uganda, East Africa."  They sell beautiful elephant and giraffe themed purses, made by Ugandan women.

 Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They sell quality crafted handbags and shoulder bags as well as adorable coin purses.

Unfortunately, many purses you will find in your local department store were made by women working in factory "sweatshops".  In contrast, the beautiful, handmade purses you will find through the links below, provide women with meaningful, dignified work.

The Tote Project's "fair trade products are sewn in India by women who have made the brave choice to journey out of the sex trade and into freedom."  Check out their unique grab and go pouches!

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 a wide variety of very unique purses and also coin purses and wallets for women and girls.  

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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 ethically fashioned purses, coin purses and tote bags.

Shop with a mission works "to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity." They sell colorful purses, cross-body bags, travel bags, fanny packs and more! 

(I adore the cell phone purse I bought from them!!!)

For larger totes, bucket bags, duffel bags and shopping bags,

go to BAGS & TOTES.  

For inside your purse, go to:




Azizi Life's vision is: "to participate in local initiatives for the development of Rwandan communities working towards physical and spiritual wholeness for all."  They sell unique handwoven palm leaf coin purses.

Designed for Joy creates "artisan jobs for North Carolina women living at high risk for sex and labor trafficking and vulnerable to food and housing insecurities."  They offer gorgeous clutches and coin purses.