Friday, July 31, 2015

Fair Trade Friday

Not very long ago did I ever take the time to really think about where the items I purchase come from. Food, of course. In the past several years I've become a big advocate for eating locally and supporting our local farms and businesses.  Clothes,  jewelry, shoes,handbags; not so much.

My eyes have opened in the last eighteen months or so to what fair trade really means. It means that the people producing our goods or even picking our produce, are given fair wage, working in fair environments and for a fair amount of hours. Not half of their day for literally pennies in awful conditions. And unfortunately,  we all know it happens across our world.

I've been a big fan of Kristen Welch for awhile now, fell in love with her blog and quickly devoured her book when it came out. I fell in love with her story and mission behind the Mercy House. In a nutshell, they help rescue pregnant girls (many younger than my 15-year-old) off the street and help rehabilitate their lives, care for their babies before and after birth and even educate them on how to be a good parent and provide for their children. You can learn more about Mercy House here.

You know, I don't get a chance to talk much about this stuff on a food blog,  but I have a huge desire to travel one day to do a little missionary work, specifically in Africa. I love reading about others' work in those areas and each time feel a tugging in my heart to do something similar.  God willing, maybe those dreams will come true in the near future.

For now though, I can help support these women and their families buy purchasing their beautiful artwork. I was sent a box of goodies at the beginning of summer from Fair Trade Friday, everything is just gorgeous.  I love reading the names of who stitched my scarf, I mean come on, where else can you find products like this? Not very many. The club sells over 700 boxes each month, with each box supporting 4-7 women.

You can help too and receive beautiful items each month. As moms we don't make a point to pamper ourselves enough. Help a mother support her family at the same time! Or give a subscription to a friend, what a great birthday or Christmas present.

Here's how to join:

Join the club-  Receive a monthly box containing three-four handcrafted items. {$31.99/month}

One time box- Just like I received, a one time box containing 3-4 items {$35.00}

Earring of the Month Club- Receive a new pair of earrings each month {$11.99/month}

*If there's not currently an opening for next month's club, you can join the waiting list!

So each month you'll receive a box containing 3-4 items. Items will vary, but you can expect accessories such as jewelry and handbags, organic soaps, coffee, journals and note cards. All items are handmade and all proceeds go directly to the artisans. You'll also receive gift tags in your box each month, maybe you don't quite think that new necklace will look good on you or you don't drink coffee; no worries, you can pass it onto a friend or family member instead!

There is so much good to come out of this ministry and I am honored to be apart of it. I know you'll love your products just as much as I have.

*Disclosure: I received products in this post for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own and I was not paid for this post. All profits go straight to the artisans, I will not earn any sort of commission if you make a purchase. 

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