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FAIR TRADE PHILOSOPHY:

What is Fair Trade Friday?

Fair Trade Friday is a monthly membership club that delivers high quality fair traded items to your door. The items in the box are fairly traded and provide employment to women all over the world. Plus, they are really cute! We currently have multiple monthly options: our original (and very popular) Fair Trade Friday box—this include 3-4 surprise items (think stylish accessories, organic soap, coffee, etc); our next option is a one-time box to try out as a trial or give as a gift; and finally, our brand new option: Earring of the Month. 100% of the proceeds from each product go toward the empowerment of impoverished women as an avenue to introduce them to the Gospel.

Why Fair Trade?

Bhutan_BWIt ensures club products were made by artisans in fair working conditions who were being paid a fair wage.

Basically, no child gave up his education, home and family to labor in a sweat shop so that your calves can be toasty in a pair of trendy boot cuffs. You can give gifts of handcrafted jewelry and unique home decor with a clear conscience. People say it’s the thought behind the gift that counts most. In this case, we’ve done some of that thinking for you.

How can we deliver such amazing products to you at a steal?

Easy. We’re not out to get rich. We truly love helping people and especially empowering the oppressed. The best way we have found to do that is let them discover their own value. Our desire is that one day, they come to see their value in the God who made them. For now, we can help them see their value in creating something beautiful that, with some marketing, will sustain or supplement their families. Plus, we work hard to establish real life relationships with many of the artisans we work with.

Let’s use one of our bags for example. They come from India. The company is Fair Trade certified, which guarantees the artisans were treated and paid fairly. By purchasing the bag (which will be an item in a club box with your Fair Trade Friday membership), you are supporting the oppressed people of India, including widows, disabled, anyone seen as unemployable or invaluable. The price of the product boils down to the wage earned by the artisan, the necessary materials, and shipping. That’s it. No one in the middle is taking a cut. And, there’s your steal.

Did you love something in your FTF box so much that you must have another? Did you miss out on a past box? Well, now you can get your hands on the hottest fair trade product! (while quantities last). Shop here.

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FTF exists as an avenue for women to empower women.  We are tackling poverty through job opportunity and empowerment rather than enablement. 100% of the proceeds support the artisans, more than 500 women and their children from all over the world. FTF is a ministry of Mercy House Kenya, a non-profit organization.

FAIR TRADE FANS:

You’ll need to decide on how much awesomeness you want.

  • You can choose to start with a recurring box for $31.99 per month. It’s easy peasy. Click the button. Enter your info. Wait on your box. Done. We keep sending you a box (and, of course, billing you for it) until you cancel. What an amazing set up! Join the Club Today!
  • Or, you can try out a box (but we promise you’ll just end up wanting more…trust us) for $35 plus $10 shipping. This one is a great gift option as well. Hint, hint.
  • Or, you can join the Earring of the Month club, where you’ll get a stylish and beautiful pair of earrings made by our artisans every month.

At this time, Fair Trade Friday is only available in the United States. Thank you for your understanding.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT FTF:

Members:

“Fair Trade Friday is keeping women from selling themselves, from drinking down Clorox, from doing God-knows-what-else because they can’t take it anymore.” Jennifer Dukes Lee

“I received my first box today and I am so overjoyed with it!!  The items truly bring glory to God when I look at them and think of the hands that created them. Thank you for this ministry!” Rebecca, a happy club member

“If you have the cash, or you deeply want to bless women across the world, Fair Trade Friday is one of the most meaningful and beautiful ways I’ve found to do so.” Lilah, Just a Sparrow

Artisans:

“Mercy Goods social enterprise employs single women in rural Costa Rica who have limited options for employment outside their homes. Through skills training and consistent work, they are able to provide for their families and ensure their children are getting an education. Because of our participation in Fair Trade Friday making the bags the items go in, many are benefiting and accomplishing things they never thought possible.” Mercy Goods, Costa Rica

“Being able to fulfill large wholesale orders for Fair Trade Friday is a huge blessing for Bead Amigas.  Orders like these sustain our project especially since the retail market can sometimes be unreliable.  The exposure we will receive as a result of this partnership is very valuable, especially since those who will receive our cross ornaments are particularly interested in fair trade goods. The purchased products support 12 women and their families.” Bead Amigas, Nicaragua

“Our items are made by some of the most marginalized and oppressed people in the world – individuals with leprosy, disability, those who have grown up begging on the streets, former prostitutes, former addicts. Just one month of Fair Trade Friday’s purchases employed at least 70 of our artisans for over a month. We need more partners like Fair Trade Friday in order for this work to continue to be sustainable. We pray that this partnership grows.” Joyn, India

FAQ:

When will I get my awesome fair trade box?
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FAIR TRADE FRIENDS:

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Ethiopia_BWKorah, the city garbage dump just outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is home to more than 120,000 people living in poverty, many with HIV/AIDS, leprosy, TB and other diseases. Mission Ethiopia, Embracing Hope for Ethiopia, and Carry 117 are a few of the many outreach efforts that were established to empower residents of this community, freeing them from a life of begging and scavenging the trash for items to sell.

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The Zambian Soap Company is committed to furthering African communities through sustainable and organic farming techniques.  Many of the workers are adult orphans or women who’ve been widowed by the AIDS epidemic.  All profits go into community initiatives overseen by the local Zambian churches.

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Kenya_BWRape, abuse, and prostitution for food contribute to 50% of teen pregnancies in slums in Kenya. Mercy House helps the most vulnerable girls in Kenya and offers them hope and a future. They receive counseling and learn a variety of skills to help them prepare for their future.

COSTARICA

Costa Rica

Mercy Covers is an outreach of the St. Bryce Missions that provides skills training, personal finance management, education, discipleship, and meaningful work for women in rural Costa Rica.

IndiaIndia

india_BWThe sex trade industry enslaves countless women in India. Freeset employs more than 160 women full time. Not only do these fair jobs provide support for their families, it offers the women freedom and dignity.

UGANDA

Uganda

The young women employed by Tukula are trained seamstresses who have found it difficult to find work or are on the verge of dropping out of school.  In addition to a fair wage, they receive medical care and access to savings programs.

RWANDA

Rwanda

No. 41 is a grassroots organization teaching young women who have aged out of an orphanage in Gisenyi, Rwanda (ages 18-25) not only to sew, a culturally relevant trade that would always sustain them, but to give back to their community through a feeding program supporting local schools.

4COUNTRIES4countriesBurma, Bhutan, Nepal, Thailand

 

The United Nations has relocated more than 50,000 refugees to Houston, Texas, due to religious and ethnic persecution. The Refugee Project exists to empower refugee women by teaching them skills and product creation.

HONDURAS

Honduras

Hope Coffee works to create capital to sustain mission ministries that provide jobs and basic provisions like clean water to local communities in the name of Jesus.

 

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Basha is a “house of hope” to more than 45 women in 3 employment sites in Bangladesh.  The women who come into the program are restored through training, education and mentoring.  They are able to provide a new live for themselves and their children.

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artisanGREYFrom the rubble and ashes of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 3 Cords was born.  They took 6 survivors, 5 of them amputees and seen as invalids by society, and gave them opportunity. They gave them a new life.  They gave them hope.  They stand on the “not yet” of the Gospel because their story isn’t finished.  A second partner in Haiti is Vi Bella. which means “a beautiful life.”  The people at Vi Bella are on mission to share Christ’s love by transforming lives and the earth.  In the end, their artwork is more than a piece of jewelry.

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Timbali Crafts began as a Bible study to encourage the volunteer cooks who, despite their own hardships, feed over 2500 children at a community feeding center each day in Swaziland.  Their desire is for God’s provision in, not only food and shelter, but in love, acceptance, forgiveness, self-worth, joy and hope.

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Bead Amigas make beautiful fair trade paper bead jewelry and ornaments that support impoverished women in rural Nicaragua.

Are you a non-profit or an artisan group and interested in partnering with Fair Trade Friday? Click here.

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