Handmade Children's Toys Support Families Impacted by HIV/AIDS

The Mwayiwathu HIV Support Group, based in Malawi, is comprised of 15 members, primarily women, who have been affected by AIDS—either personally or within their family. More than one third of the women are widows who have lost their husbands to the virus.

Widowhood, in Malawi, often leaves women economically disempowered and socially excluded. Mwayiwathu creates opportunities for change. The women who work with this cooperative use their wages to send their kids to school, pay for transportation to receive their medications from the hospital, make home improvements, and invest in side-business ventures.

Fair Trade Products Empower Hurting People

The Mwayiwathu group works with Dsenyo, a Jesus’ Economy partner. Dsenyo is an organization committed to alleviating the suffering of the impoverished by helping local artisans learn self-sustainable trades. They use local and environmentally friendly materials that can be repurposed and recycled.

Dsenyo works alongside artisans to improve living situations for impoverished people, promote a holistic economy, respect cultural traditions, and build global relationships. Together, Jesus' Economy and Dsenyo are empowering female artisans from Africa and Latin America.

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Little Friends Plush Animal Toys from Malawi: Bunny

Little Friends Plush Animal Toys: Leopard

Engage your baby’s senses with these colorful, soft jersey knit plush animals. 

Little Friends Security Blanket from Malawi: Monkey

These cute security blankets are washer and dryer friendly, for when they are loved just a bit too much. These handmade security blankets provide better futures for women in the Mwayiwathu HIV Support Group. 

Shopping fair trade can lead to hope and healing and provision for a better future. Join us in transforming lives through fair trade.


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Charlotte Van Werven
Charlotte Van Werven


Apprentice in Writing and Editorial for Jesus' Economy