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World Fair Trade Day 2012

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day. Buy Fair Trade.

To learn more about Fair Trade, click here.

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Ten Thousand Villages

Unlike other Fair Trade retailers,  Ten Thousand Villages is one of the founding companies in the Fair Trade world. Originating in 1946, this company has grown to be a source for “unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.” As an original member of the World Fair Trade Organization, all “product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.”

Ten Thousand Villages is a unique collection of many different products: earings, nativities, baskets, rugs, musical instruments, decorative mirrors, cards, notebooks, ornaments, games and puzzles, sea salt, and much more.

To read a story about an Artisan, click here.

To shop online, click here.

To find a store near you, click here.

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Okoa Jewelry

Okoa means “Restoration” in Swahili. Restoration is exactly what The Okoa Jewelry line strives for; “to restore justice, dignity, and hope through the artistry of beautiful jewelry”. The Okoa Jewelry line is a product of Trade Justice Mission. Trade Justice Mission works to provide care for the poor just as God commanded. They do this by providing “fair income to Third World women and their families and communities by providing them with micro-financing, training, and marketing tools”, educating the importance of Fair Trade and the impact of our shopping choices, and building “bridges of understanding, compassion, and mutual respect through Fair Trade and the artistry of handcrafted Okoa jewelry”.

Trade Justice Mission has been working alongside many women in the countries of Cambodia, the Philippines, Zambia, Tanzania, and Indonesia. These women have been exploited, some sex trafficked while others may be widows living with Aids, but all of them yearn for a better life “even though dire poverty and cultural marginalization left them little hope of escape”. To help these precious ladies, Trade Justice Missions created the Okoa Jewelry line. 

The Okoa Jewelry contains beautiful Fair Trade earings, bracelets, and necklaces made by these women. There are many colorful pieces to choose from; some made from stones and shells, some from recycled glass, and others made of colorful ceramic beads. Help support the rehabilitation of these women by checking out their jewelry and buying some today!

To learn more about Okoa and to purchase jewelry, click here.

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Fair Trade

What is Fair Trade? Although it continues to be more available, only a few products are found certified by the Fair Trade Federation. According to Green America, “Fair Trade is a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers, and the environment. It is a model for the global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice, and sustainability.” In other words, it helps hold a high standard for economic practices, to insure that all are treated with respect, paid fair wages, given the proper rights by enforcing health and safety laws, while also contributing responsibly to the conservation of the environment.

There are Four Main Types of Fair Trade Certifications:

  • Fair Trade Federation
  • World Fair Trade Organization
  • Faire Trade Certified
  • Fair for Life

Cited from Green America.

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