Christella, pictured here, saw the potential of global commerce to lift her community in Haiti out of poverty. She was one of the first artisans who joined the 2nd Story Goods' training school. Now, with the business, craft, and mentorship skills she has learned, she leads jewelry making for the community, which allows her to supplement her income, participate in job creation, and help support community growth.

Christella’s Beautiful Fair Trade Jewelry

 

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2nd Story Goods is a partner of Jesus’ Economy that co-labors with Haitian men and women to create wonderful products and revitalize their community. The artisans trained by 2nd Story Goods now have sustainable incomes and are making strides to break the cyclical poverty many were born into.

It is 2nd Story Goods' vision to help people move from poverty to abundance through education, creativity, and practical life experiences.

Fall is quickly approaching and we have some wonderful products you’ll love as the summer closes. From autumn fashion to school essentials, we have you covered.

 

Necklaces from Haiti: The Victoria

We’re breaking out the sweaters from the corners of our closets, and what better to pair with a cardigan than a simple and chic necklace? This necklace is handmade by artisans of a jewelry making guild in Jubilee, Haiti out of aluminum and goat leather. This necklace will wonderfully accent your fall wardrobe while supporting fair trade in the process.

 

Journals from Haiti: Goat Leather

Whether you’re heading back to school or working the same job you’ve worked for 10 years, a new journal is a great way to ring in the changing seasons. There is always something to write down; consider choosing this sleek journal handmade by leather artisans in Haiti.

 

Scarves from Haiti: Blue Batik 

The weather is getting just a little colder, and with it, you’ll want to bundle up a little more. This scarf created by artisans in Haiti is a perfect option. It’s not too thick and is a great way to stay warm but look cool. Buy this beautiful scarf and support artisans in Haiti through fair trade.

 

Daisy Chain, Handmade in Haiti 

You might be stuck indoors more now, but you can still remember summer with this delicate and beautiful daisy chain, perfect for wall decoration. This whimsical ornament is perfect for dressing up any room, and for making a statement about hope.

 

Fair Trade Brings Hope to Artisans in Haiti 

2nd Story Goods, a division of Much Ministries and partner of Jesus' Economy, co-labors with Haitian men and women on the outskirts of Gonaives, Haiti, to make beautiful things. These products create sustainable incomes for Haitian families. It is 2nd Story Goods' vision to help people move from poverty to abundance through education, creativity, and practical life experiences. Haiti has a 40 percent unemployment rate (World Bank, 2010), so the work of 2nd Story Goods is desperately needed.

Jesus’ Economy is dedicated to alleviating global poverty, and partnerships with organizations like 2nd Story Goods are the perfect way to empower artisans as they work toward more hopeful futures.

Join us in this mission and shop fair trade today.

It’s always difficult to buy presents for people we love, and it’s no different when it comes to our dads. 

We'd like to make it easier for you this Father's Day.

The Jesus’ Economy fair trade shop is full of unique gifts your dad will love and actually use, unlike that 20th tie you bought him last year. These practical goods are a perfect way to say “I love you” while making a positive impact on the world. When you shop fair trade gifts, you empower artisans in impoverished communities around the world and give a gift that brings joy.

Many of the gifts in our Father’s Day collection are leather goods from Jubilee, Haiti, an impoverished village just outside Gonaives. There, artisans like Benson Thermidor and Philippe use their skills in business and entrepreneurship to create stable jobs, while providing for their families. These artisans craft leather goods to sell locally and internationally, with the help of 2nd Story Goods and Jesus’ Economy.

 

Featured Fair Trade Leather

Here are some beautiful handmade leather goods for the father in your life. 

 

Leather Wallet from Haiti 

Every dad needs a wallet. The leather wallet from Haiti is a standard size wallet that has pockets for cash and credit cards, including a photo window. While this wallet looks and acts like any other wallet, it does even more, because it empowers artisans in Haiti.

 

Journals from Haiti: Goat Leather 

This journal is a great option for a Father’s Day gift. It is sleek and compact, and available in four different sizes. It could be perfect for taking notes during a sermon or during a business meeting. It travels easily and looks professional.

 

Goat Leather Executive Portfolio from Haiti

The goat leather executive portfolio is another wonderful gift your dad will love. It is made with genuine goat leather and has many pockets for notes or business cards. It comes with hand-cut paper, which can be replaced once the notebook is full. This portfolio is also on sale!

 

Shop fair trade leather for Father’s Day and empower artisans in Haiti.

 

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Many dads around the world are dedicated to loving their children while working to make the world a better place. As we celebrate the dads in our lives this Father’s Day, let’s honor them and the impact they’ve made in our lives and around the world.

Many of the fair trade gifts in our Father’s Day collection are from Jubilee, Haiti, an impoverished village just outside Gonaives. There, artisans like Benson Thermidor and Philippe use their skills in business and entrepreneurship to create stable jobs and provide for their families. These artisans craft leather goods to sell locally and internationally, with the help of 2nd Story Goods and Jesus’ Economy.

Fair Trade Products Uplift Community

Benson was binding songbooks, Bibles, and texts for friends when 2nd Story Goods, a local nonprofit, asked him if he would be willing to teach his skills to others in the village who needed work.

Since that time, Benson's leather business has grown exponentially. He has trained other artisans in his community; together they're making fair trade computer cases, totes, briefcases, wallets, and other items. Benson's business now includes 25 men and women and a full-sized workshop. In this impoverished village, where work is often unreliable and low paying, Benson's studio is uplifting the community.

Shopping fair trade is a practical and positive movement for the world. Join us in transforming lives through fair trade, and get something awesome for the dad or grandfather in your life in the process.

 

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In Jubilee, an impoverished village in Haiti just outside of Gonaives, Benson Thermidor uses his skills in business and entrepreneurship to create stable jobs. He and other artisans craft leather goods to sell locally and internationally, with the help of 2nd Story Goods and Jesus' Economy.

Beautiful handmade leather products create jobs

Benson was binding song books, Bibles, and texts for friends when 2nd Story Goods, a local nonprofit, asked him if he would be willing to teach his skills to others in the village who needed work.

Since that time, Benson's leather business has expanded greatly. He has trained other artisans in his community, and together they're making computer cases, totes, briefcases, wallets, and other items. Through this partnership, Benson's business has grown to include 25 men and women and a full-sized workshop. In this impoverished village, where work is often unreliable and low paying, Benson's studio is a grace to the community.

Promoting fair trade

Benson works with 2nd Story Goods, a Jesus’ Economy partner, to market his products in the United States. 2nd Story Goods co-labors with Haitian men and women on the outskirts of Gonaives, Haiti, to make beautiful products that create sustainable incomes for Haitian families.

It is 2nd Story Goods' vision to help people move from poverty to abundance through education, creativity, and practical life experiences. In Haiti, which has a 40 percent unemployment rate (World Bank, 2010), the work of 2nd Story Goods and Benson Thermidor is desperately needed. For all these reasons, Jesus' Economy has partnered with 2nd Story Goods to give Benson's products a wider market.

Benson’s Fair Trade Products from Haiti

Cross Body Bags from Haiti: Sheepskin

Made from 100 percent sheep leather, this bag is the elegance you've been looking for. Each bag is handmade in Jubilee, Haiti's famous leather shop, run by Benson.

Cuff Bracelets from Haiti: Split Leather

What goes great with your favorite pair of leather boots? These leather cuffs. In an elegant gray or yellow, their understatement will be your definitiveness.

Genuine Goat Leather Tote Bag from Haiti

Made from 100 percent goat leather, this bag is the elegance you've been looking for. Each one is handmade in Jubilee, Haiti's famous leather shop, run by Benson.

Journals from Haiti: Burlap

Handmade in Haiti with locally sourced burlap, this journal is what you need to express yourself. The cover is made from recycled coffee bags—each with a slightly different design.

Sheep Leather Tote Bag from Haiti

Made from sheep leather, this bag is the elegance you've been looking for. Each bag is handmade in Jubilee, Haiti's famous leather shop, run by Benson.

Clutch Purses from Haiti: Sheepskin

Made from 100 percent locally sourced sheepskin, this clutch is sure to impress.

Leather Luggage Tags from Haiti

Made from sheep goat skin, you'll never have a problem finding your bag with these tags. They are so unique that they will immediately stand out in the baggage carousel.

Goat Leather Executive Portfolio from Haiti

You're sitting at your desk and you need to write a very important note to yourself. Where else do you look, except to your fair trade executive portfolio from Haiti? It has pockets for everything you need--from business cards to credit cards. Keep all your important thoughts in the one item that's got your back: the executive portfolio from Haiti.

Leather Passport Covers from Haiti

The perfect traveling partner to hold your most valuable tool: your passport. You won't lose sight of your I.D. in this sturdy cover with elastic closure. These covers come in either sheepskin or goat leather.

Saddleback Leather Journal, Made in Haiti

When it comes time to take notes, why settle for boring? This journal is a perfect conversation piece for your school or workplace. Handmade and sewn, with a goat leather cover, it will feel and seem different than any other journal you've owned.

Sheep Leather Executive Portfolio from Haiti

You're sitting at your desk and you need to write a very important note to yourself. Where else do you look, except to your fair trade executive portfolio from Haiti? It has pockets for everything you need--from business cards to credit cards. Keep all your important thoughts in the one item that's got your back: the executive portfolio from Haiti.

Sheepskin Leather Journal from Haiti

When it comes time to take notes, why settle for boring? This journal is a perfect conversation piece for your school or workplace. Handmade and sewn, with a sheep leather cover, it will feel and seem different than any other journal you've owned.

Baby Booties from Haiti: Goat Leather

Made from locally-sourced goat leather in Gonaives, Haiti, these booties will make cozy covers for your baby's little toes. They come in three sizes for babies through toddlers—small, medium, and large.

Baby Booties from Haiti: Soft Sheepskin

Slide your baby's tiny toes in these cushy slippers and they'll never toss their shoes off again. Okay, we can't promise that, but we can promise that they'll look adorable in these fashionable booties. Made from locally-sourced leather; you can feel good about this purchase. Plus, you are helping put food on the table for several families in Jubilee, Haiti.

Cuff Bracelets from Haiti: Leather

Wrap your wrist in this smooth, creamy-brown goat leather bracelet. Made to the snap from locally sourced, locally-tanned goat leather from Gonaives, Haiti. Enjoy this hip addition to your accessory collection.

Journals from Haiti: Goat Leather

Store your most secret thoughts in this sleek leather journal from Haiti. Handmade and sewn with genuine, locally-sourced goat leather, it will feel and seem different than any other journal you've owned.

Each purchase 2nd Story Goods' product supports the livelihood of artisans in poverty situations. Shop Fair Trade on JesusEconomy.org for 2nd Story Goods' products to create jobs and transform lives.

On today's Live Your Beliefs podcast, Kalene Barry and Kathy Brooks, co-founder and director of 2nd Story Goods, talk about the changes she has witnessed God bringing in Jubilee, Haiti. Through partnership with local entrepreneurs and a healthy reliance on God's faithfulness, Kathy and her fellow Kingdom workers have witnessed miracle after miracle of community driven change. "[Haiti] is ready for a different reality," Kathy says. You won't want to miss her stories of the positive steps Jubilee residents are taking towards that new reality. 

About 2nd Story Goods

2nd Story Goods is dedicated to helping Haitians harness their natural skills and talents to create sustainable economies for their communities. They train and purchase goods from dozens of skilled craftspeople, which you can get in our fair trade shop. Find out how you can get involved with 2nd Story Goods on their website

 

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You bought those beautiful aluminum and glass earrings and those adorable daisy clips from Jesus' Economy and 2nd Story Goods, and it has made a difference.

Anite, pictured below with her daughter, is the creator of the daisy clips and other daisy art. Through the sale of her daisies, Anite has been able to add new concrete construction [pictured] onto their thatch house. The new construction is taller, which is better for the flood season, and features a brand new bathroom. Without Anite's hard work and your support, this would not have been possible for her family.  

Anite and her daughter.  

Ginny contributes her talents to the group of women who make earrings in Jubilee. Through the profits from the sale of the earrings, she and her husband [pictured below with their youngest child] have been able to build a new home. Their home [pictured] is about five times the size of the tin home they used to have and is made of concrete, as opposed to mud or scraps of tin.

 

2nd Story Goods is making a difference in Jubilee. Jesus' Economy is proud to partner with them to accomplish this work. Find out more about 2nd Story Goods and shop online to support more artisans in Jubilee. 

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Tragedy often defines us. We make choices out of hurt and fear that can either improve or worsen our conditions.

Anite, an artisan from Haiti, chose to be strong in the midst of her tragedy.

Anite is the head daisy maker for the Daisy Clips—beautiful clips handcrafted with twine. 

Anite has three daughters, and one son with physical and mental disabilities. She lost her husband in the 2008 flood that hit Gonaives. Her life is not easy by any means, but she trusts in God and He gives her strength. 

She is determined to keep her family together and to make it possible for her kids to continue their education. She is able to provide an income for her family because of her hard work and incredible faith.

Unfortunately, Anite had to face tragedy. But she chose to be strong, to trust in God, and to be there for her family. She took the initiative, created the Daisy Clips, and began to build a life for herself and for her children—a life that would provide for them and give them hope for a better future.

Using Fair Trade to Create Hope

Anite is an artisan with 2nd Story Goods, a partner of Jesus’ Economy that co-labors with Haitian men and women to create wonderful products. These artisans now have sustainable incomes. The artisans and 2nd Story Goods make a profit when Jesus’ Economy makes a purchase, and all additional profit is reinvested in life transformation. It is 2nd Story Goods' vision to help people move from poverty to abundance through education, creativity, and practical life experiences.

We're Dedicated to Fair Trade

Jesus’ Economy is dedicated to supporting a global economy and empowering the impoverished. Selling fair trade products from around the world is just one of the ways that we do this. Our fair trade products come from many countries such as Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, and Haiti, and include various jewelry, household goods, and apparel—and behind each of these products is at least one artisan working in hope of a better future. 

Through Jesus' Economy's fair trade efforts, people like Anite have hope for a better future. They can rise out of tragedy.

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