Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Gift of Fair Trade [Fair Trade Friday Club]

I am very excited to be part of the Fair Trade Friday Blogging Team and share with you what Fair Trade Friday is all about.

When I think about giving gifts as a way that benefits everyone from the artisan to the recipient, it brings me joy and gratitude. It allows us to give a thoughtful gift to the people closest to us while benefiting someone in need.

Along with the Earring of the Month Club ,  they also have Fair Trade Friday Men's Boxes, Kids' Boxes, and Home Boxes. You can sign up for a monthly membership of boxes or just a one time box!  Check out the Fair Trade Friday Shop Today! They are always adding new items.

What is Fair Trade Friday?

Fair Trade Friday is a monthly membership club that delivers high quality fair traded items to your door. The items in the box are fairly traded and provide employment to women all over the world. Plus, they are really cute! We currently have multiple monthly options: our original (and very popular) Fair Trade Friday box—this include 3-4 surprise items (think stylish accessories, organic soap, coffee, etc); our next option is a one-time box to try out as a trial or give as a gift; and finally, our brand new option: Earring of the Month. 100% of the proceeds from each product go toward the empowerment of impoverished women as an avenue to introduce them to the Gospel.

Why Fair Trade?

It ensures club products were made by artisans in fair working conditions who were being paid a fair wage.
Basically, no child gave up his education, home and family to labor in a sweat shop so that your calves can be toasty in a pair of trendy boot cuffs. You can give gifts of handcrafted jewelry and unique home decor with a clear conscience. People say it’s the thought behind the gift that counts most. In this case, we’ve done some of that thinking for you.

How can we deliver such amazing products to you at a steal?

Easy. We’re not out to get rich. We truly love helping people and especially empowering the oppressed. The best way we have found to do that is let them discover their own value. Our desire is that one day, they come to see their value in the God who made them. For now, we can help them see their value in creating something beautiful that, with some marketing, will sustain or supplement their families. Plus, we work hard to establish real life relationships with many of the artisans we work with.
Let’s use one of our bags for example. They come from India. The company is Fair Trade certified, which guarantees the artisans were treated and paid fairly. By purchasing the bag (which will be an item in a club box with your Fair Trade Friday membership), you are supporting the oppressed people of India, including widows, disabled, anyone seen as unemployable or invaluable. The price of the product boils down to the wage earned by the artisan, the necessary materials, and shipping. That’s it. No one in the middle is taking a cut. And, there’s your steal.

Did you love something in your FTF box so much that you must have another? Did you miss out on a past box? Well, now you can get your hands on the hottest fair trade product!

Exciting News!!

I joined up with a team of bloggers tonight for an awesome Twitter Party. Both the Earring of the month club and Fair Trade Friday Box club are open to new members!!

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