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Why Fair Trade Matters

Fair Trade Matters
Fair trade offers hope to artisans around the globe.

During the Christmas season, we celebrate the Greatest Gift ever given. In remembrance of this Gift, we purchase presents for our friends and loved ones. How would you change your holiday shopping choices if you knew your purchases could mean the difference between life and death for people around the world?

Shopping fair trade means just that. When you shop fair trade, you help global artisans around the world. Your purchase can mean the difference between illness and health, between food insecurity and nutritional meals, between poverty and a sustainable income, between enslavement and freedom.

Fair trade purchases restore hope to those who are walking in hopelessness. As you shop this Christmas, will you partner with us in sharing light to those who walk in great darkness?

Why Fair Trade Matters to Global Artisans

Fair trade means many things to WorldCrafts global artisans. To destitute, HIV-positive widows in Africa, fair trade means that they have enough to eat, pay rent, and care for their extended families. To women rescued out of sex trafficking, fair trade means freedom, dignity, and healing. To Berber artisans in North Africa, fair trade means that families can stay together and children receive educations. To an orphaned girl in India, fair trade means she can educate herself and care for her siblings.

Sadly, all types of human exploitation are rising dramatically. Fair trade provides security for global artisans. They can utilize their unique skills knowing that they will be paid fairly and promptly for their work. WorldCrafts artisans receive a fair wage for every piece produced, whether it sells or not.

For artisans, fair trade also means the opportunity to work in a safe environment where they will be encouraged and treated with love and compassion. Men and women receive equal pay for equal work. Fair trade artisans work without fear of discrimination and abuse.

Why Fair Trade Matters to the Environment

One of the principles of the Fair Trade Federation is to cultivate environmental stewardship. Members “actively consider the implications of their decisions on the environment and promote the responsible stewardship of resources.”

As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, WorldCrafts ensures our items are never mass-produced or factory-produced. Our artisans are encouraged to repurpose and recycle materials when possible and to engage in environmentally sustainable practices. Whenever possible, natural and locally-grown materials are used, and these materials are procured in an ethical and environmentally-friendly manner.

Why Fair Trade Matters to Consumers

Shopping responsibly with WorldCrafts gives you the opportunity to participate in the rescue, restoration, and redemption of artisans around the world. Your purchase allows you to partner with us in in bringing sustainable, fair business practices to impoverished people around the world. You help us offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on earth.

In return for shopping fair trade, you receive beautiful, unique handcrafted items. The global artisans who handcraft these products pour their hearts and souls into their creations. You can be assured that these handmade products are of the highest quality.

Why Fair Trade Matters to the Father

Throughout His word, the Father tells us to care for the least among us. In Isaiah 58:10 (ESV), we read, “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” Fair trade touches the heart of the Father as hearts and lives are eternally transformed. A jewelry artisan in Kenya says, “I have seen God in these necklaces. My husband got saved and baptized. I am a very happy woman. He used to drink and now he goes to church and helps with the beads.”

Fair trade purchases restore hope to those who are walking in hopelessness. As you shop this Christmas, will you partner with us in sharing light with those who are walking in great darkness?