A young girl in the slums of Bangladesh will eat today because of Fair Trade. This Christmas, your Fair Trade gift purchases can help feed hungry families and protect girls from human trafficking. Instead of spending all your Christmas shopping money at the mall or on Amazon, choose to buy fair trade products that support impoverished girls and women in third world countries.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade products are produced under standards designed to end and prevent poverty and its devastating consequences, such as human trafficking and hunger. Fair-trade buyers, ensure that artisans receive fair wages and that the goods purchased were produced in an ethical and environmentally friendly manner.
How can you help?
One easy way to help impoverished people around the world is to buy Fair Trade products for Christmas. I have seen the difference it makes first-hand. As some of you know, I have traveled twice to Bangladesh to work with young girls at the Light of Hope Learning Center in Chittagong. Light of Hope provides education, life skills, health care, and the Gospel to at-risk girls in poverty. Light of Hope also teaches the older girls how to sew so they can participate in the handicraft business and receive fair wages. Fair Trade can mean the difference between hunger and food. Trafficking and safety.
Where can you purchase Fair Trade Products?
Although numerous sources exist, one I trust is WorldCrafts, which supports more than 70 artisan groups in over 30 countries around the world, including the Light of Hope Learning Center! Hear their commitment:
We are committed to our artisans for the long term. By investing in product development, maintaining certain levels of products orders, and encouraging sustainable production practices, we help create viable employment for women and men in poverty. Women no longer need to turn to prostitution for their next meal. Parents can provide education and nutrition to their children. Our standards guarantee impoverished families hope for a better life.
Here’s an added incentive for you to make difference!
I recently partnered with WorldCrafts to help promote their artisans. That’s why I can give you a little extra incentive to purchase. You can save up to 20% off your purchase of regularly priced WorldCrafts products with code KHWC15 until December 31, 2015!
Just look at these!
Check out all the wonderful crafts and offerings from the WorldCraft artisans. My favorite earrings are a WorldCraft product. But I want to feature a few products from the Light of Hope Learning Center.
WorldCraft offers five products from the Light of Hope Learning Center. These products are made by the center’s older girls on peddle sewing machines (electricity is too fickle to trust!) and by hand. They each earn a fair wage plus a per item fee. Their earnings help provide for their families and instill hope for a better future.
A few ways you can help!
If you’d like to help make a real difference in the lives of impoverished people around the world here are a few ways you can help:
- Buy a Fair Trade product from WorldCrafts or another Fair Trade company. Don’t forget to use the discount code I gave you above!
- Encourage your friends and family to help by putting Fair Trade products on your Christmas list.
- Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and more! There are images below designed specifically for Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
- Host a WorldCraft party and invite your friends!
- Host a BFF party! BFF is a ministry that advocates for the Light of Hope Learning Center. Share a wider range of Light of Hope handicrafts with your friends. If you live close enough to me, I would love to come and talk about Bangladesh and Light of Hope.
How will you commit to help today? I’d love to hear about it!
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