Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fair trade for the holidays

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We attended an inspiring holiday boutique last week. Instead of the typical assortment of Christmas (or in this case, Chanuka) themed tchockes, this was a Fair Trade Bazaar. Over a dozen vendors offered up good gifts that do well for others.

Divine Chocolates had samples and sales of their yummy treats. Click over to Scrambled CAKE, my food blog, to read more about this fair trade chocolate company. I'm hosting a chocolate giveaway as well.

Our Fair Earth provided fair trade jewelry and accessories from East Africa.

A Chicago favorite, The Enterprising Kitchen, helps women achieve self-sufficiency and produces fragrant soaps and lotions. I've bought their products in the past for hostess and teacher gifts.

Hope for Nepal had beautiful purses and wallets made from old wedding saris. I liked a few of them and asked DH to pick one for me as a Chanuka present.

Mata Traders was selling fair trade clothing, accessories and home decor.

The Central Asian Institute was represented in what I term black market philanthropy. That is, someone was selling scarves their friend bought on the cheap in Central Asia with the stated intention of funneling the money back to CAI. CAI builds schools or children in remote and underserved regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I'm reading about the early days of this organization in Greg Mortenson's book, Three Cups of Tea.

World Shoppe was there with some of their handmade and fair trade gifts, accessories and jewelry.

Woman Craft sold handmade paper, memory books, picture frames and more produced by women in transitional jobs programs and artisans.

Thanksgiving Coffee Company sol their various blends. Not only is their coffee fair trade, but it's certified organic, Kosher and Halal. The Peace Kawomera Cooperative was formed by Jewish, Christian and Muslim farmers in Uganda. (Yes, Jews in Uganda.)

Green Heart Shop showed some of their wares. They claim to offer Chicago's best selection of eco and fair trade products from around the world.

1 comment:

kristina said...

Great resources, thank you.