In the last year or so my eyes have been opened to the reality of how and where the clothing and accessories I purchase from the store are made.
It has made me more aware of fair trade and what exactly that means. Fair trade simply means that those making the products are given a fair wage and are working fair hours. Definitely not too much to ask, right?
In addition, these products are a means to food on the table and clothes on the backs of families who create them. Having the ability to bring these products to us, makes us part of an incredible story of hope because we have the opportunity to purchase them. This allows the artisans to have jobs--jobs that are respectable.
I received a Fair Trade box of goodies (pictured at the top and this purse below). They are gorgeous and great quality. But they are so much more than that. They are the future for these artisans and their families. It's housing, and food, and clothing. The basic necessities of life.
Kristen Welch, Founder of We Are THAT Family and Mercy House Kenya says this:
I'm not going to waste your time filling in this space with unnecessary chatter. Fair Trade Friday is a very simple: Purchase these beautiful items from the Fair Trade Friday Club and help keep women employed in countries such as Kenya, India, Nepal, Zambia, and more.
You can give items away as gifts, or keep them for yourself. They have delicious smelling soaps, handbags, bracelets, necklaces and each month a box of new goodies will arrive on your door step.
Like earrings? Try the Earring of the Month Club!
Pauline was only 15 years old when she became pregnant through force.
When she moved into Rehema House in Kenya, the maternity home funded by Mercy House, she was desperate and hopeless. In just a few short years, her life has been transformed through the Gospel. Her son, Melvin, is thriving.
Recently, Pauline graduated from the residence program and moved back home. She attends vocational beauty school 5 days a week, while Melvin is in school because of sponsorship. Every Saturday, she goes into the heart of her slum and teaches more than 20 mothers how to make beautiful product that is then sent to the USA and mailed out in Fair Trade Friday boxes.
The women in this community outreach make around $50 a month from the product and that’s enough to pay for rent, provide food and school fees for their children. From a pregnant teen to a mother/teacher, Pauline’s future is bright and she is a beautiful example of what God can do.