This Christmas, please consider doing some of your shopping with organizations that support a need. There are so many fabulous ones out there, it’s hard to narrow it down, but these 6 shops that give back come highly recommended, and their products are fabulous! You get wonderful gifts to give, and the money you spend goes to make a difference! It’s a win-win!
1) Mercy House Global
“Mercy House Global exists to rescue girls and empower families so that we can redeem future generations in Jesus’ name. We work with women around the world through partnerships and sustainable Fair Trade product development. Every purchase in this Fair Trade online marketplace provides dignified work while also sustaining our two maternity homes in Kenya.” Mercy House has beautiful one of a kind items that would make great gifts, greeting cards, and giftwrap. You may even want to purchase a few things for yourself!
2) Be Free Revolution
Be Free Revolution’s mission is “to help others help themselves full-circle through sustainable trades, child sponsorships, and mobilizing mission trips.” Be Free has one of a kind, beautiful hand-made jewelry and key chains.
3) Carry 117
“Carry 117’s heartbeat is orphan prevention and family preservation through empowering women. We believe that economic empowerment provides the foundation necessary for sustainable development. The Carry 117 model revolves around this belief, going beyond charity to support income alternatives. We can help preserve families and prevent more orphans in Korah, Ethiopia by providing opportunities for women to work and earn a paycheck. We provide a hand up, rather than a hand out. By buying our products, you are helping restore dignity to women and helping preserve families in Ethiopia.”
Carry 117 has luscious leather products for everyone on your list.
Noonday’s mission is ” To make a difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, we partner with Artisan Businesses that share our passion for building a flourishing world. We develop these businesses through fair trade, empowering them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them.” Noonday also gives a portion of their proceeds to support adoption. Noonday sells hand-made jewelry, bags, and gifts.
” Socks remain the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters across the US, where new clothing is in extremely high demand. For every Bombas clothing item you purchase, a specially-designed donation clothing item of the same kind is donated to someone in need.” So far, Bombas has donated over 20 million pairs of socks. Bombas has great socks in 100s of different varieties. You are sure to find socks for even that hard to buy person. Everyone needs socks!
6) The Grace Crafted Home
Proceeds from The Grace Crafted Home also go to support the Mercy House Global in Kenya. “Every piece in our Grace Crafted Home collection is fair trade, dignifies, honors and empowers the artisan. 100% of all funds not only empowers artisans around the world, but partners with Mercy House Global to support several homes for young women and their babies in crisis pregnancies in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. 100% — every penny — of your Grace Crafted Home is giving grace back to those in need — and writing a grace story not only in your home, but around the world.” The Grace Crafted Home has a different selection of pieces than does Mercy House Global, but every bit as incredible!
I hope you will considering purchasing some of your gifts this holiday season from these shops who give back! Give the gifts that keep on giving! Special thanks to my friend Tifny, @squashblossomfinearts for helping me round up these shops! She has personally bought from most of these, so I have seen many of the products, and they are unique and beautiful!
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