October is Fair Trade Month. Here are 10 ways you can celebrate with us!
The Word tells us that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective. Prayer is the first and best work in celebrating Fair Trade month. We’ve created a new way you can pray for WorldCrafts artisans. Download our monthly interactive prayer calendars and pray daily for our artisan groups. You can learn more about each artisan by clicking on their name in the calendar.
When you shop fair trade with WorldCrafts, you join us to fight poverty and injustice around the world. Your purchase represents life and hope for the future. You enable WorldCrafts to ensure that our partnerships are sustainable.
Do you know the story of WorldCrafts? Do you understand how fair trade works? Explore WorldCrafts.org to learn about all of our artisans, their cultures, and the reasons that fair trade brings restoration and transformation to the world.
Our Channapatna Handicrafts artisans testify to the power of fair trade: “The craft [lac turney wood crafting] has been handed down from generation to generation and many families in the area had abandoned the craft because of low wages and moved to larger cities. With the opportunities and impact of the revival of craft provided by WorldCrafts, people are coming back to their roots and eager to practice the craft.”
Give the Gift of WorldCrafts
When you gift a WorldCrafts product, you are not only caring for a loved one. You are also caring for global artisans, their families, and their communities. Many of our artisans rely solely on WorldCrafts for their livelihood. To thank you for your purchase, we’ve created free gift cards you can download and use with your gifts.
After you’ve learned about WorldCrafts yourself, download our free teaching resources. Through these simple 30 minute lessons plans, you can teach
- preschoolers how God wants us to work together to help others;
- children that they can be compelling voice of prayer and support for global artisans;
- students that they have the power to become advocates for the poor and to share the promise of eternal hope;
- adults the Biblical basis for fair trade and how they can become involved.
Host a Benefit
Through the WorldCrafts benefit initiative, you can host a month-long online benefit for Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Services, Christian Job Corps, Lifeline Children’s Services, and families adopting through Lifeline. At the end of each month, twenty percent of your proceeds are sent directly to your chosen beneficiary. In addition to helping your beneficiary, you also provide needed work to women like J of Sak Saum:
Plan a WorldCrafts Display or Market
Share the fair trade ministry of WorldCrafts with others! Set up a WorldCrafts display or create a WorldCrafts market. Help your faith fellowship and community meet our artisans and see the quality and craftsmanship of their products. Visit WorldCrafts.org/Display or WorldCrafts.org/Market to learn more.
Order Custom Bags
Are you planning an event? Or do you want to purchase gifts for your co-workers or teams? You can order custom screen-printed tote bags from our artisan group, Begin Anew Refugee Artisan Group. Your order helps these Nashville refugee artisans who are rebuilding their lives in the United States.
Donate to the Isaiah 58:10 Campaign
Give to the Isaiah 58:10 Campaign and you help provide immediate funding WorldCrafts can use to pay our artisans a living wage and to bring their products into the United States for sale. This campaign is held by the WMU Foundation, and we are so grateful for their support of fair trade.