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 adorable kids backpacks (my kindergartner loves his monkey backpack :) and manta pencil cases and water bottle carriers and a spiral messenger bag (perfect for older children to transport school supplies!)
Mountain Maid partners with "local church members to produce products that provide a sustainable income." They offer a variety of books about Haiti, including coloring books, Haitian cookbooks, books that teach Creole and Creole Bibles. Great for cross-cultural or foreign country projects at school.
By purchasing these school supplies for your children, you create
opportunities for children in developing countries to attend school.
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"Woven Joy, a Fair Trade Federation member, is a faith-based nonprofit organization working with artisans in the Philippines to create, produce and sell some of the world's finest quality handwoven friendship goods.” They sell handwoven bookmarks and custom bookmarks which can be personalized with your child's name.
KidKnits motto is “You’re never too young to change a life on the other side of the world.” They offer a curriculum for kids, the Global Change is in Your Hands Workbook, which is perfect for classroom teachers, Sunday-School teachers and home schoolers. Lesson plans are available for download on the website.
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 note card sets on Etsy. (I ordered these for teacher thank you gifts this year and they are gorgeous!) They also offer fundraising opportunities for schools.
Shop with a mission has a "mission is to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity." They sell gorgeous pencil cases (my little girl immediately fell in love with their elephant pencil cases!) and woven notebooks and amazing backpacks.
Ten Thousand Villages, "the original fair trader", started in 1946. They sell cool tin lunch boxes, lunch bags and sand which keepers. (To also look for their products in a retail store near you, click here.)