About Fair Trade Friday:
FTF exists as an avenue for women to empower women. We are tackling poverty through job opportunity and empowerment rather than enablement in Jesus’ name. 100% of the proceeds support the artisans, thousands of women and their children around the world. FTF is a ministry of Mercy House Global, a non-profit organization.
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 and Bracelet 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?
It 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.