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The vast majority of toys sold in the U.S. are made in China.  But the reports 
of the conditions in some of those toy factories makes me weep
(Click here to learn more.)  Purchase the toys below for your 
children, and make a difference for toy makers around the world! 

Pal Craftaid is "a volunteer, non-profit ministry of compassion, hope, and healing for Palestinians."  They sell cute carved olive wood tops for kids.  

(I ordered some as prizes for my students and they are adorable! :)

KidKnits motto is “You’re never too young to change a life on the other side of the world.”  KidKnits "started with the very simple idea of a nine-year old girl – to make hats out of hand-made yarn from Rwanda."  They sell knit kits for kids and also "Me & My Doll" hat knit kits.  (My 10-year-old son loves his Kid Knits hat kit!)

Hands Producing Hope works in Rwanda and Costa Rica with a mission of "providing the economic, educational, and spiritual resources necessary to empower remote communities to rise above poverty."  They offer crocheted vegetables for kids to play with.

Ten Thousand Villages, "the original fair trader," started in 1946. They sell cute handcrafted toys for both girls and boys.  (To also find their products in a retail location near you, click here.)

Sweatshop-Free Toys

For more ethically-made toy options, check out Lego, Playmobil,
who all manufacture their toys with higher labor standards.

Destiny Rescue is "an internationally-recognized Christian non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing children trapped in the sex trade."  Their efforts have rescued nearly 2000 children around the world.  They offer beautiful girls' bracelets handmade by rescued girls.

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 hand knitted stuffed animals and finger puppets.  (To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

LivAfrika's mission "is to help support the women and children in South Africa who are affected by extreme poverty." They sell girls' jewelry.

Mountain Maid partners "with local church members in Haiti to produce products that provide a sustainable income."  They offer amazing wooden toys and games for kids.  (My son absolutely loved his painted wooden truck!)

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 offer cute purses and aprons for girls.

Made Global Co. is "into you knowing the makers, because the story matters."  They offer adorable stuffed animals and animal pillows for kids.

Above Rubies is "a livelihood project created to help widows and single mothers" in the Philippines.  They sell adorable crocheted stuffed animals and other toys for kids on Etsy.

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 sell toys for kids, including stuffed animals, balls, games and make-your-own-bracelet kits.

(I gave their "Dream On" pouch to my unicorn-loving niece and she was thrilled!)

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With, Krochet Kids "every purchase impacts a life and every product is hand-signed by the lady who made it."  They sell adorable crocheted stuffed animals.

Market Haiti is " a market place designed to empower & market Haitian artisans in their work".  They sell beautiful Haitian dolls. (Note: Ideal for older children, as these are collector items).

WorldCraftsSM "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world."   They have educational preschool puzzles and finger puppets.

For even more ethical toy shopping ideas, check out:
The Art of Simple's Ethical Shopping Guide: Toys,

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 large selection of toys for kids, including wooden puzzles and games, stuffed animals, finger puppets and more!  (My 5-year-old loves his wooden puzzle!)

31 Bits sells jewelry handmade by women rising out of poverty in Uganda and Indonesia.   They offer kids jewelry and jewelry-making kits.

Amani ya Juu is a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." Every adorable toy is obviously sewn with love.  They sell play aprons, dolls, plush African animals, games and more. (My kids love their stuffed animals and zebra bowling set! :)

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They sell games and puzzles and fun instruments.  (My 9-year-old loves his little wooden maze game!)

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 offer unique handmade toys for boys and girls, each with a story to tell.  (My 3-year-old loves his little raffia animal set :)

HandUp Global Goods is a "non-profit enterprise dedicated to arming teens in Haiti with jobs, spiritual discipleship, and professional development."  Check out their cool macrame kids' bracelets, handmade by young men transitioning out of orphanages!

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 a variety of beautiful handmade kids toys and also pencil cases.

(My little girl adores her beautiful pink elephant pencil case!)

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 soft stuffed elephants and whales.

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 adorable Haitian dolls, stuffed animals and bracelet making kits.