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Celebrate Fair Trade Month

A Blessed Hope artisan crocheting bracelets with seed beads.

October is Fair Trade Month. Here are some ways you can celebrate with us!

Pray

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.

Shop

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.

Explore WorldCrafts.org

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 Proverbs 31 Women artisans testify to the impact of our fair-trade partnership in Uganda: “The changes are multiple: families have more to eat, children attend school who could not before, more serious illnesses requiring hospitalization are more affordable, new businesses have been started, brick houses with metal roofs have been built, the general economy of the community has increased, women have become respected as capable, talented, and valid breadwinners, and clean water is more available in the community.”

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.

Artisans employed at Graffiti 2 Works in New York who are learning to sew and sell products.

Teach Others

After you’ve learned about WorldCrafts yourself, download our free teaching resources. Through these simple 30-minute lessons plans, you can teach

  • preschoolers how our Father wants us to work together to help others;
  • children that they can be compelling voices 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; and
  • 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 monthlong 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, 20% 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:

Sak Saum Artisan
“[In my biological family] I was reminded every day that I have no value and that I am good for nothing and slow to learn and that I am a burden to the family. Sak Saum believed in me . . . I am not slow and stupid. I am talented. I am smart. I have dignity. I have hope for my future.” – J, Sak Saum, Cambodia

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 Products

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.

CWJC of Monroe, LA, offers many custom items such as messenger bags, business card holders, luggage tags, coasters, lapel pins, and more!

Your orders bring hope to these artisans.

Begin Anew Refugee Artisans
For your purchases and orders of Begin Anew Refugee Artisan’s products, they send, “Big, Big Thanks!”

Watch the Mully movie!

Your perspective on life will be transformed after watching the story of Charles Mully, a Kenyan who worked his way from abject poverty to great wealth, only to be called by God to return to poverty. Charles Mully’s yes to God has led him to rescue more than 12,000 orphans in Kenya. WorldCrafts partners with Mully Children’s Family to offer products made by artisans employed at their Yatta Vocational Training Centre in Yatta, Kenya.

You can now watch Mully for free online.

Follow WorldCrafts

Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Keep up to date on all things WorldCrafts, including new products!

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.

Refugee Sewing Society in Clarkston, Georgia, teaches viable skills to vulnerable refugee women.

 

Have you ever wondered if fair trade really makes a difference? Wonder no more!

Now, go out and celebrate!