What’s on your wish list this Holiday Season? When your mom/grandmother/husband/boyfriend/friend asks you what you’d like to see under the tree this year, why not tell them about some amazing handmade, artisan-made items that make a difference in the lives of others?
Today on Fair Tuesday, we’re making it easy for you by teaming up with a few other artisan-made brands to bring you a Holiday Wish List full of beautiful things to share with your friends and family! Any of these would also make great gifts for anyone who loves unique products with a purpose!
Yoga Bag - $38
Carry your yoga mat in style with this beautiful hand-sewn bag from Rwanda! Made from bright and bold fabric from the market in Kigali, you’ll love this durable bag with a pocket on the outside for your phone, keys, and more!
Mango + Main is on a mission to bring beautiful, handmade products from tropical lands where mangoes grow to main street, USA! Each piece is handcrafted by artisans and your purchase empowers them to grow their business and create change in their communities.
Canvas Cross Body Bag - $48
This fabulous crossbody is made with love in Tanzania from canvas and kitenge. It has a zipper and velcro closure in addition to a zip pocket on the inside. You'll love this bag for travel or for everyday use!
Zuri Collection collaborates directly with East African artisans to produce high quality, hand-crafted designs that merge traditional techniques with a modern, timeless aesthetic. By bringing these products to the global market, we empower our artisan partners with opportunities for long term growth that impacts their families, communities, and future generations.
Westeros Studs - $22
Our Westeros Studs are the perfect "everyday" earrings. Pair them with a cute outfit for a night on the town, or a t-shirt and sweatpants to run to the grocery store! At $22, they're the perfect stocking stuffer or "just because" gift!
Milk & Honey Market is an online fair trade boutique passionate about seeing generational poverty & human trafficking come to an end. We partner with brands across the globe that empower artisans through sustainable, dignified jobs. Your purchase creates opportunity across the globe.
Slender Bangle - $8
The Slender Bangle is hand-crafted from upcycled brass padlocks in Rwanda.
The Horn Soap Dish is hand-carved in Haiti and perfect for keys, soap, rings, or change. The three Guest Soaps are artisan cold process soaps hand-crafted in Tanzania and decorated with Maasai beads.
The Sparrow Studio's primary goal is to create a marketplace for handmade home decor from a cooperative of women in Rwanda. We also partner with artisans in Ecuador, Haiti, Tanzania, and Nepal.
Five strands of vibrant repurposed Kantha textile beads and metallic gold beads intertwine for a bold, fluid statement necklace. Sustainably handmade by women in India who are on a path out of poverty through fair trade.
WorldFinds offers ethically-sourced, sustainably handmade jewelry and accessories that empower women in India through fair trade.
Want everything on the list? One lucky person will WIN the entire wish list… about $200 worth of gorgeous products!
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Thank you for shopping artisan-made this holiday season… and making a huge impact with your purchasing power!
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If you're like us, you're on the hunt for unique, handmade gifts this holiday season! You love shopping from small business owners and making an impact locally + globally with your purchasing power!
That's why we've put together a list of our 20 favorite fair trade products under $40... so you can find something for everyone on your list!
by Brie McNeal of Ethically Curated
Investing in social enterprises and other local markets can help Rwanda continue to grow as an international player without relying on financial aid.
There have been some recent changes in the business and trade sectors making it hard for small businesses to thrive. Similar to restraints in India, renting space, investing in machines and other inputs, prevent many from being successful when creating products for international markets.
Recently, there has been a surge of Ankara textiles (or more commonly dutch wax print) in the fashion scene. This has provided tremendous opportunity for artisans to obtain dignified jobs that can provided consistent work.
Consumers can participate in this by buying from organizations that partner with these businesses.