What if the outfit you wore today changed someone’s life?
You’ve probably heard the horrendous stories of children working in sweatshops and women toiling all day to provide a few crumbs for their families. You may have seen documentaries about how American consumerism ruins lives and destroys families. And you may be wondering, like me, Whatever can I do about it? I’m just a mom on a small budget trying to save pennies wherever I can. I wish I could help, but I don’t know how.
That’s been heavy on my heart these last few months, and God has slowly been introducing me to organizations that can extend my reach to places I’ll never go.
Like Fair Trade Friday.
Fair Trade Friday sources beautiful products from around the world made by women who are working with their hands to provide for their families. This gainful employment keeps them off the streets, off of starvation’s brink, and off of red-light district streets.
You can change lives by shopping with a cause. Here’s more from their website:
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.
If something’s not quite your style, you can always regift it to someone on your shopping list. That’s what I did with one of this beautiful leather-trimmed purse. It was the perfect gift for my close friend who I never know what to get her for her birthday.
Here’s the thing… we can redeem consumerism and harness our purchasing power to make a difference in the lives of women all over the world.
Kristen Welch, founder of Mercy House, says it this way:
Probably one of the most profound moments for me was in a mud home in Kenya talking with a woman we were buying paper bead bracelets from for a Fair Trade Friday box. She grabbed my hands and squeezed them tight. She looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Tell the women in America that we need them to keep buying what we make. Tell them it is feeding my son and two daughters. Tell them not to forget us.” I will spend the rest of my life reminding these marginalized women they are not forgotten.
Instead of giving your money to Big Box stores or major corporations with shady values, you can love on women and their families whenever you buy a pair of earing, a lovely purse, or a beautiful necklace.
Fair Trade Friday sent me a box to try on their beautiful items myself, and I was SO impressed with the craftsmanship and the detail that went into each piece, like this necklace and the gorgeous hand-printed purse I pictured above.
How you can join Fair Trade Friday:
- Sign up to receive a monthly subscription box($31.99/mo)
- Buy a one-time box
- Join the Earring of the Month club ($11.99/month)
In each box you can expect items like jewlry, hair bands, purses, coffee, aprons, etc. All items are handmade, and even better, the artisans receive 100% of the profit. And of course, you can always give away items as gifts if they’re not quite your style. The boxes even include gift tags to share the items with friends or family.
What a blessing to have organizations like Fair Trade Friday help us take care of the orphans and the widows! If you wnat to find our more information about them, pull out the tissues and watch this video:
Disclosure: Fair Trade Friday sent me the products in this post to review and share them with you, but I wasn’t paid to write this post and I won’t earn a commission if you make a purchase. I just really love this ministry!