Shop for the Holidays and Help Make the World a Better Place

Posted: December 8, 2015 in Getting Involved
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Looking for a unique gift? Want to help others this holiday season?
Do both by purchasing from one of the companies below.

 

  1. Ten Thousand Villages http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/

What you can buy there: jewelry, scarves, handbags, baskets, wall décor, home accents, outdoor décor, spa & skincare, candles, office & stationery, games & toys, sculptures, and holiday items.

“Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serve ware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world’s largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.”

 

  1. Purpose Jewelry www.purposejewelry.org

What you can buy there: necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings

“Purpose jewelry is handcrafted by survivors of modern-day slavery. 100% of the proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization that provides holistic care for young women rescued from sex trafficking.”

 

  1. Thistle Farms http://thistlefarms.org/

What you can buy: bath salts, lotions, soaps, scented candles and room sprays, essential oils, coffee, teas, books, and gift sets

“Thistle Farms is a powerful community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. The organization employs more than 50 survivors through its social enterprises which include a natural body care company, Thistle Stop Cafe, artisan studio, and global marketplace called Shared Trade.”

 

  1. Sudara http://www.sudara.org/

What you can buy there: “Punjammies” loungewear bottoms for women, men and children, handcrafted bags, wallets, and holiday cards.

After taking a trip to India in 2005, seeing the poverty and desperation of the residents there, founder Shannon Keith got together with other like-minded individuals and began teaching the women skills to become seamstresses. Since that time the company has grown to include multiple partnerships and hundreds of women having a safe place to work and heal.

 

  1. Good Paper http://www.goodpaper.com/

What you can buy there: cards for birthdays, Father’s/Mother’s day, sympathy, get well, and wedding.

The company sells all occasion cards made by women who have escaped sex trafficking in the Philippines and young adults orphaned by disease in Rwanda. Cards are handmade, fair trade, and eco-friendly.

 

  1. Mulixiply http://www.mulxiply.com/

What you can buy there: rings, bracelets, earrings, tote bags, and handfelted toys

The company sells modern and stylish bags, wallets, and jewelry made by at risk (for human trafficking) women in Nepal.

 

  1. Kwagala http://www.kwagalajewelry.org/

What you can buy there: handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, and earrings

“Kwagala Project rescues women and girls from human trafficking. It gives long-term aftercare to survivors and helps them build meaningful, fulfilling lives. Through crucial counseling, education, and skills training, survivors learn to care for themselves, nurture their families, and ultimately help others.”

 

  1. Sari Bari http://saribari.com/

What you can buy there: blankets, bags (from coin purses to diaper bags), t-shirts, pillow covers, and stylish throws.

“Sari Bari sells beautiful, handcrafted products made from upcycled Indian saris. But its product story runs much deeper. Woven within each thread of its products is a tale of women who have found freedom from Kolkata’s sex trade. ‘Once trapped in the trade with no options, she now works in freedom. Once vulnerable to being trafficked, she knows has a steady means of employment to power her dreams.’”

 

  1. Malia Designs http://www.maliadesigns.com/

What you can buy there: bags (clutches to messenger bags), belts, scarves, earrings, business card holders, and wallets

“Malia Designs is a socially responsible fair trade brand that designs and sells handbags and accessories. Products are handcrafted in Cambodia, and every purchase helps to fight human trafficking.”

 

  1. Freeset http://freesetglobal.com/

What you can buy there: shopping bags, shoulder bags, gift bags, and T-shirts

“Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Kolkata’s sex trade.”

 

  1. Starfish Project https://www.starfish-project.com/

What you can buy there: handcrafted earrings, bracelets, and necklaces

“At Starfish Project, exploited women are empowered to recognize their value. Their jewelry business provides women with meaningful employment in a safe and supportive environment. Women who come to Starfish Project have been physically, emotionally, and sexually abused, and many see no way out of their situation. In addition to dignified employment, Starfish Project provides women with housing, counseling, educational opportunities, vocational training and health care.”

 

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Doing “something good” has never been easier. Help survivors as they try to make a better life for themselves and their family.

Share this blog link with everyone you know, and together we can make the world a better place this holiday season.

 

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