Artisans in Brazil with Cross Trade, a new partner of Jesus’ Economy, create beautiful and functional handmade goods by weaving golden grass. Golden grass is a sustainable and renewable resource that has been used by indigenous people of Brazil for hundreds of years because of its durable, flexible, and lightweight nature. 

Golden Fair Trade from Brazil

Check out some of the beautiful products made with golden grass.

Earrings from Brazil: Solta Golden Grass Pendants

If you’re looking for a new pair of earrings, or a great gift to give a friend, these earrings are a wonderful choice. They are trendy and bold, but neutral toned to fit in with your more casual outfits. There’s even a little pop of color, and you can choose from seven color options to pick whichever suits your style. 

Bracelets from Brazil: Segmento Golden Grass

This bracelet is stunning, but while it appears delicate, it is sturdy enough to withstand regular wear. It’s also a perfect alternative for anyone with metal sensitive skin!

Bracelets from Brazil: Blue Rocha Golden Grass  

Searching for a bracelet to pair with your new dress? Choose this one! It is created with strands of golden grass and features a polished river stone. This bracelet is also available in other colors. 

Baskets from Brazil: Golden Grass Conter Oval Basket with Lid

Keep your hair bands and bobby pins in one place with these fair trade baskets. They are small and sleek, and will help keep you organized. You can even buy one and fill it with trinkets as a sweet gift for a friend.

Trivets from Brazil: Padrão Golden Grass

These trivets, available in 14 or 18 inches, are a gorgeous addition to any kitchen. They are large enough to hold a variety of hot dishes so you can protect your counters and tables. Woven in a beautiful star-like pattern, they can also spruce up your kitchen décor. 

Empower artisans around the world and shop fair trade.

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Many artisans in Brazil have the skills to create beautiful and sustainable products, but because of the poverty of their communities, they have no local, sustainable market to sell or trade their products. Their only option is to sell their goods at a Sunday market for a fraction of their worth, and they usually walk away with barely enough money to buy a small bag of rice.

This is where Cross Trade came in. Cross Trade, a new partner of Jesus’ Economy, works with artisans in impoverished areas of Brazil by connecting their handmade goods to customers in western markets. Cross Trade pays a fair price for the products, and also provides interest free loans to artisans when they need to purchase equipment.

Cross Trade maintains a relationship with the artisans they work with, and their true focus is on enhancing livelihoods and providing hope. Because of Cross Trade, artisans in Brazil are able to procure stable incomes, meet their families’ basic needs, and even afford appliances like refrigerators and plumbing.

Shopping fair trade can help families around the world afford the things we take for granted.

This winter, JesusEconomy.org has hundreds of new fair trade products from all around the world. Check out these simple and useful golden baskets from Brazil. Carefully woven from locally sourced golden grass, or capim dourado, these baskets are lightweight, flexible, and beautiful—perfect for your knitting project, memorabilia from a favorite vacation, or an assortment of fruit on your table.

 

Baskets from Brazil: Aguarde Oval Basket with Lid 

Made from natural and renewable resources, this fair trade basket is good for your home, good for the world, and good for the artisans that created it. Complete with a lid, this basket is a great option for storage around your house. The small size, with a diameter of 4.5 inches, would be perfect for spare change, or use the large one, with a diameter of 7 inches, to keep your collection of sewing buttons.

 

Baskets from Brazil: Golden Grass Cesta Trança  

This large basket features beautiful braids in a traditional Brazilian design. At 14” x 10” x 5”, this basket is ideal for placing an assortment of fruit or flowers. Imagine it as a centerpiece at your holiday table!

 

Baskets from Brazil: Golden Grass Cesta Trançita 

This oval basket has a simple and modern design, and could be a stunning conversation piece in your living room. Use it to hold your T.V. remotes, or maybe some coasters and a box of tissues. And when your company asks about it, tell them about fair trade and how the basket empowers women in Brazil and is also kind to the environment.

 

Baskets from Brazil: Golden Grass Conter Oval Basket With Lid  

Keep your hair bands and bobby pins in one place with these fair trade baskets. They are small and sleek, and can keep you organized. Support fair trade and buy a Brazilian basket today!

 

Shopping fair trade is responsible shopping. And if you’re a last minute Christmas shopper, consider giving one of these baskets as a gift! Be sure to select express mail at the checkout in order to get it in time for Christmas.

 

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While the celebration of international football during the 20th FIFA World Cup in Brazil has served to stir up patriotism and a spirit of camaraderie across borders, it has also brought to light several disheartening global issues of human rights, specifically sex trafficking.

Sex trafficking is tragic. It’s also a drain on human capital that stands in the way of women empowerment. Women (and men and children) who are victims of sex trafficking have no control over their bodies and capital. And as a result of the tragedies done to them, those who are trafficked have little control over their emotions and mental state. They are dominated by those who are trafficking them, whose goal is to make money off of their victims by forcing them into submission.

Even when a woman is able to leave a sex trafficking situation, she still needs help recovering her identity, so she may flourish in regular society. Some women have grown up in the life and need to be taught to do things like drive a car, write a resume, get insurance, and to even cook. Some will need serious medical attention or to get a passport. And some will sadly be rejected by their communities as unclean.

Is There a Correlation Between the World Cup and Sex Trafficking?

In terms of the World Cup, people have been debating for years whether there is a correlation between this major sporting event and an increase in sex trafficking. In a country where child sex tourism is an issue, like Brazil, or where prostitution is legal, also like Brazil, it is easy for traffickers to take advantage of the blurred lines defining human rights. Add to these blurred lines an increase in population for the police to worry about, and the distraction of a month long football competition, and you have a recipe for a trafficking fiasco.

Luckily, there are people who are working to combat sex trafficking all over the world.

3 Ways to End Sex Trafficking

While we cannot eradicate sex trafficking (or any other kind of trafficking) all at once, bwe can make a gradual impact. We can do so by partnering with various organizations to help establish what are known as the "three Ps": Prevention, Protection, Prosecution.

  1. Prevention is attacking the issue before it starts by raising awareness among vulnerable individuals, advocating for certain laws to be put in place, and attempting to decrease demand through education.
  2. Protection involves the care of victims who have been taken out of trafficking situations. It is necessary that these victims are provided for. That can mean all sorts of things, ranging from healthcare to training the local police to identify victims and treat them appropriately.
  3. Prosecution involves the incarceration of traffickers so that they can’t continue to take advantage of people.

Together we can slowly, and steadily, raise awareness about sex trafficking and insist that governing bodies set standards—making this issue a high priority. We can partner with organizations that combat human trafficking by volunteering or donating money to care for victims. And most importantly, we can pray. Pray that God would give you wisdom to know what you can do about human trafficking. Pray for your community and what changes can be made to better prevent and fight human trafficking. And pray for the world; pray that the Lord would send Christian everywhere—to make known the good news of Jesus, which in and of itself will combat human trafficking.

More Resources about Human Trafficking

6 Organizations Fighting Human Trafficking

This list is by no means comprehensive. It includes four international organizations and two smaller organizations that we (or friends of ours) have worked with directly.

  1. International Justice Mission: "In nearly 20 communities throughout the developing world, IJM protects the poor from violence by partnering with local authorities to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, strengthen justice systems."
  2. Love 146: "Love146 is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care, prevention education, professional training and empowering movement."
  3. Gray Haven Project: "The Gray Haven's mission is to provide hope and restoration to victims of human trafficking in Virginia."
  4. Exodus Cry: "Exodus Cry is built on a foundation of prayer and is committed to abolishing sex slavery through Christ-centered prevention, intervention, and holistic restoration of trafficking victims."
  5. Walk Free Foundation: "The Walk Free™ Foundation’s mission is to end modern slavery in our generation by mobilising a global activist movement, generating the highest quality research, enlisting business and working with government to drive change in those countries and industries bearing the greatest responsibility for slavery today."
  6. Engedi Refuge Ministries: Engedi Refuge Ministries is "for adult women who are recovering from the effects of sexual exploitation." They are about "healing the past, redeeming the present, and changing the future"; they conduct this effort via a safe house, holistic restoration, and education.

Defining Human Trafficking

In case you have never read a definition of human trafficking, or want more information, here is the United Nations’ definition:

"Human Trafficking: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs."

 

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