This holiday season, we're celebrating stories of artisans overcoming poverty through their craft. #GiftingStories

#GiftingStories — The Story of Traditional Artisans in Brazil

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For many families living in impoverished areas of Brazil, there is little hope of ever overcoming poverty. But several jewelry and basket weavers refused to live the story of poverty. Here's how they defeated poverty by preserving a cultural craft passed down for generations.

Traditional Craft Preserved to Defeat Poverty

The indigenous people of Brazil have been crafting goods from golden grass for hundreds of years because of its durable, flexible, and lightweight nature. But despite golden grass being protected in Brazil—making it so that only a select few can harvest it as part of their traditional craft—it is hard to make a living selling this craft in Brazil since other people in the communities are equally impoverished.

When Cross Trade, a partner organization of Jesus' Economy, first met Silvania (pictured above with her children), she was creating beautiful woven items but selling them in exchange for only a bag of rice to feed her family. Cross Trade invested in Silvania's work and payed her double the rates she used to make.

When you gift the Golden Grass Cesta Trança Basket, you help Silvania lift herself and her family out of poverty. The same is true for other artisans from Brazil.

Golden Grass Cesta Trança Basket from Brazil 

Gorgeous, Golden Grass Jewelry Creates Jobs

For other indigenous artisans in Brazil, crafting jewelry out of golden grass has transformed their lives.

For jewelry artist Erlane (pictured above with his children), his entire life has been changed through the commerce opportunity of partnering with Cross Trade. Erlane is now able to provide a sustainable income for his family, offering his children a better life story.

Earrings by Erlane: Golden Grass Ropa

Joelma (pictured above with her sister) also has found hope through crafting beautiful golden grass jewelry. Through her partnership with Cross Trade, and subsequently selling products on JesusEconomy.org, she is beginning the journey of lifting herself and those around her out of poverty through economic opportunity and empowerment. 

Bracelet by Joelma: Segmento Golden Grass

Be Part of a Better Story for Brazilian Artisans

It is difficult to overstate how much gifts from an online Fair Trade Shop, like JesusEconomy.org, changes the lives of impoverished artisans. When you gift handmade products from JesusEconomy.org, you're part of a better story for impoverished families.

Gift Handmade Crafts from Brazil 

 

Let Your Holiday Shopping Tell a Story

Every gift from JesusEconomy.org comes with a story to share ... of lives being transformed through craftculture, and a new type of commerce

Be part of the story of artisans defeating poverty. Let your holiday shopping tell a story. #GiftingStories

Gift a Better Story

This holiday season, we're celebrating stories of artisans overcoming poverty by sharing their culture. #GiftingStories

#GiftingStories — Cultural Traditions Gift Life Transformation

At the Roof of the World, there's a nonprofit changing the outlook for many artisans living in the Himalayan mountains. Cheppu from Himalaya, a partner of Jesus' Economy, works to exchange culture between people by reflecting ancient Nepali traditions in their products. And living at the Roof of the World, there's no shortage of inspiration to work with.

When you gift products from Nepal on JesusEconomy.org, you help preserve a tradition of weaving and tailoring. Artisans work with their hands, a wooden loom, and a sewing machine—skills which have been passed down for generations.

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A Village Being Transformed Through the Gift of Culture

Cheppu from Himalaya works with artisans in Nepal to provide fair trade wages, good working conditions, and the opportunity to grow a business. This includes micro-credit opportunities for people who desire to grow or launch a business.

Cheppu from Himalaya also gives back to communities in Nepal. One such program involves providing scholarships for young people from elementary to university level; another involves a micro-finance program for female farmers transitioning to organic farming.

They also encourage their artisans to use recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible. And the artisans are given the creative space to draw on the beauty that surrounds them when developing products. 

A Few Of Our Favorite Things From Nepal ...

Ponchos from Nepal: Chili

Doesn't this handmade poncho put you in the spirit of the holidays with it's deep red color and cozy look? It's handmade with a blend of cotton and acrylic that will be sure to last. It can become one of those iconic pieces that gets passed down from generation to generation in your family.

Shrugs from Nepal: Aegean Mixed Sparkle

You can almost see the lakes in the Himalayas in this turquoise shrug. Just imagine an artisan who has seen those lakes and drawn inspiration from their color to create this beautiful handmade piece. It's like soaking up years of beauty and skill in one simple scarf. What will it inspire you to create?

Shawls from Nepal: Moss

We love this shawl because of the warmth it provides and its versatility. Plus the softness of the handwoven fabric will make you want to wear it for days, especially on those cold mornings. It's large enough so that when one of your kids tiptoes downstairs while you're making breakfast, they can cozy up in it with you for a little early morning snuggle time.

Infinity Scarves from Nepal: Poppy

Who doesn't love a quality infinity scarf? I mean come on, it's a stroke of genius. Before the infinity scarf, women were sneakily tying their scarves together but ending up with a huge bulky knot behind their hair. Laxmi is one of the artisans who hand weaves these intricate infinity scarves. And because of Laxmi and Cheppu from Himalaya, this beautiful, quality piece is something you can enjoy without trying to hide a bulky knot.

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Let Your Holiday Shopping Tell a Story

Every gift from JesusEconomy.org comes with a story to share ... of lives being transformed through craftculture, and a new type of commerce

Be part of the story of artisans preserving their culture. Let your holiday shopping tell a story. #GiftingStories

Gift a Better Story

This holiday season, we're celebrating stories of artisans overcoming poverty through their craft. #GiftingStories

#GiftingStories — Laxmi's Story

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For many in the developing world, there is little hope of overcoming poverty. But Laxmi of Nepal refused to live the story of poverty. Here's how Laxmi defeated poverty by preserving a cultural craft of clothing making.

A Life Transformed Through Microcredit and Craft

Laxmi Tara, who is in her 20s, lives in the small village of Tokha on the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley. There are few jobs at the roof of the world in Nepal. But a beautiful tradition of handcrafted clothing has been passed down from generation to generation in Nepal.

Desiring a better story than poverty, Laxmi came to Cheppu from Himalaya, a partner organization of Jesus' Economy, for a microloan to open her own tailoring shop. Seeing an opportunity to both preserve a cultural craft and help a young artisan, Cheppu from Himalaya offered Laxmi a microloan to setup her own tailoring business. That's where Laxmi's life story changed.

Handmade Shrugs from Nepal

 

Gorgeous, Handmade Scarves and Shrugs

Through hard work, Laxi was successful in her local village and was able to repay her microloan. Today, Laxmi Tara, along with other artisans, creates gorgeous fair trade scarves, including handwoven infinity scarves, as well as handmade shrugs.

This holiday season, you can gift a better story, one of artisan craft transforming a life: Purchase one of Laxmi Tara's creations from JesusEconomy.org.

Handmade Scarves from Nepal

 

Let Your Holiday Shopping Tell a Story

Every gift from JesusEconomy.org comes with a story to share ... of lives being transformed through craftculture, and a new type of commerce

Be part of the story of artisans defeating poverty. Let your holiday shopping tell a story. #GiftingStories

Gift a Better Story

This Cyber Monday, be part of the story of families overcoming poverty. Shop to transform lives on JesusEconomy.org.
Every dollar is invested in the mission of creating jobs & churches for those who need them most.

Gift a Better Story


#GiftingStories — The Story of a New Kind of Commerce 

What if shopping meant something? What if the 'deal' mattered less and the people mattered more? There are people behind every product. With JesusEconomy.org, your purchase means empowering those people. And it means making the world better for all people.

Every gift from Jesus' Economy comes with a story to share ... of lives being transformed through craft, culture, and a new type of commerce. There are gifts for everyone on your list on JesusEconomy.org

Fair Trade Journals
Fair Trade Journals
Fair Trade Jewelry
Fair Trade Jewelry
Fair Trade Household Goods
Fair Trade Household Goods
Fair Trade Accessories
Fair Trade Accessories
Fair Trade Clothing
Fair Trade Clothing
Fair Trade Bags & Wallets

 

3 Ways Shopping on JesusEconomy.org Tells a Better Story

You can make the world better, simply with a smart shopping choice.

1. Creates Jobs for People from Extreme Poverty Situations — The Story of Fair Trade Wages and Ethical Standards

Extreme poverty usually begins in one of two places: a lack of living-wage jobs and corruption. The Fair Trade movement aims to fight both causes of poverty. Behind every product on JesusEconomy.org is a story of people who can now provide for their families because they are making fair, livable wages. And their workplaces have strong ethical principles.

All JesusEconomy.org product purchases create positive economic growth, because every company and organization we list products from are committed to: 
 

When you shop fair trade on JesusEconomy.org, you're part of the story of life transformation for people from extreme poverty situations.

Who Your Shopping on JesusEconomy.org Supports

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2. Ensures Jesus' Economy Can Continue the Mission — The Story of Reinvesting Every Dollar in Life Transformation

At the bottom of every product page on JesusEconomy.org, you see icons like these because your shopping both creates jobs and funds our ongoing efforts.

Shopping on JesusEconomy.org means being part of the story of a new type of commerce, one where every dollar is reinvested in the mission. Built into our prices is the cost for the product and a profit margin we reinvest in our ongoing efforts via our Operations Fund.

The Power of Shopping on JesusEconomy.org

What's so special about shopping on JesusEconomy.org is that your purchase supports the unique donation model of Jesus' Economy.

If you donate $100 to the developing world, we send the full $100. We call this the 100% to Developing World Model. But we still have other costs affiliated with your donation, such as setting up the project, spreading the word about our projects, credit card fees, travel to check on projects, and this website. We help cover these costs by reinvesting profit from your fair trade product purchase into our Operations Fund, which is specifically designated for our domestic costs.

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3. Empowers You to Be Part of a Better Story — The Story of a New Kind of Commerce

We reinvest every last dollar into the movement of creating jobs and churches. This is a story of innovating to break the cycle of poverty. We're here to empower you to be part of a better story.

This is the story of a new way of shopping, one that transforms the world. On JesusEconomy.org, when you give and when you shop, you can help others.

Your gift from the JesusEconomy.org Fair Trade Shop empowers artisans. And it furthers the movement of creating jobs and churches in the developing world.

This Cyber Monday, be part of the story of people defeating poverty. Tell a better story with your holiday shopping. #GiftingStories

Shop to Tell a Better Story

 

Let Your Holiday Shopping Tell a Story

Be part of the story of a new type of commerce. Let your holiday shopping tell a better story. #GiftingStories

Gift a Better Story

This holiday season, we're celebrating stories of artisans overcoming poverty by sharing their culture. #GiftingStories

#GiftingStories — Cultural Traditions Gift Life Transformation

In Haiti, there's a nonprofit giving artisans a chance to renew their community from the inside out. 2nd Story Goods, a partner of Jesus' Economy, works with artisans to preserve their culture through their craft.

When you gift products from Haiti on JesusEconomy.org, you help preserve cultural craftsmanship that has been passed down for generations—such as clay kilning, leather working, jewelry making, and basket weaving.

Shop Our Favorite Things from Haiti


A Village Being Transformed Through the Gift of Culture

Most of the artisans working with 2nd Story Goods live and work in Jubilee, an impoverished village in Haiti. These artisans are determined to better their community by working hard to provide for their families and by growing their businesses so they can create jobs for other people.

Artisan guilds from 2nd Story Goods provide a fair, livable wage by helping artisans sell their products on the western market with partners like JesusEconomy.org. Because of this, artisans are able to pay school fees for their kids, support their churches, and help out other people in their village in need. And not because of hand-outs; it's from working hard and building their businesses. 

A Few of Our Favorite Things from Haiti ...

Earrings from Haiti: Leather Feather

We love these leather earrings because they're super cute and modern. The earrings, along with other leather jewelry, are made from locally sourced materials and by a cooperative of women who have dreams of running their own businesses, sending their kids to school, and supporting their families.

You can help these women build their dream by purchasing these earrings. Then whenever someone gushes over your earrings and asks where you got them from, you can respond by telling them your earrings gave a woman hope and helped her build her business. Then watch their jaw drop and proceed to tell them how they can do the same. 

Baskets from Haiti: Casserole 14" x 10"

This handwoven basket, along with other handwoven baskets in our Fair Trade Shop, is hand weaved with 100% sweet grass, which is naturally water resistant. Just one of the reasons why we love this basket! Weaving sweet grass is a skill that's been passed down for generations in Haiti, and now artisans are using that skill to grow their businesses.

You can create your own legacy when you buy this casserole basket and always use it to bring your loved-by-everyone-dish to family gatherings. Or make it a centerpiece on your table by filling it with seasonal decorations. 

Ornaments from Haiti: Clay Star

There's a new clay guild in Haiti and these clay star ornaments are just one of the products they make. The process they use to make items out of clay is one that involves many hands, hands that are working toward a brighter future.

When you purchase this Haiti-made ornament and bring it into your home, you'll be reminded of the hope you gave a group of artisans. With how well it's made, the ornament will last for generations to come making it something you can pass down along with the story of hope you gave to people overcoming poverty.

Journals from Haiti: Colorful Burlap

We love these colorful burlap journals because of how you unique they are. They're made from recycled coffee bags and hand cut paper. The artisans who make these journals have been taught by Benson, who has been using his skill of binding books for years. Now, he is passing that skill on to others and together they're building a better community.

You can start a tradition with these handmade journals when you take your family on a road trip. Buy one for each of your kids, then give them something to keep track of on your trip. Whether it's mileage, gas, money spent, license plates seen, stops made, they can keep track in these handy journals and you'll have the memories for years to come.

Earrings from Haiti: Mafi Pendant

We just love the earrings from Haiti; they're so colorful and fun, along with being well made. The earrings are made from hand-cut, filed, and recycled aluminum. Most of the women from the cooperative who make these earrings are single mothers trying to support their family. This style of earring is even named after the Haitian artisan, Mafi, who designed them.

Make these Haiti-made earrings a staple in your Christmas wardrobe by wearing them every year to your work Christmas party or Christmas day. Maybe it'll be the one thing someone remembers from each Christmas, and the beautiful story that goes along with it.

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Let Your Holiday Shopping Tell a Story

Every gift from JesusEconomy.org comes with a story to share ... of lives being transformed through craftculture, and a new type of commerce

Be part of the story of artisans preserving their culture. Let your holiday shopping tell a story. #GiftingStories

Gift a Better Story

This Black Friday, gift a better story. Be part of the story of families overcoming poverty. Shop to transform lives on JesusEconomy.org.

Gift a Better Story

 

#GiftingStories

Every gift from JesusEconomy.org comes with a story to share ... of lives being transformed through craft, culture, and a new type of commerce.

You can make the world better, simply with a smart shopping choice.

 

Give or Shop—You Can Help Others: The Story of a New Kind of Commerce

When we launched the Jesus' Economy Fair Trade Shop in November 2013, we had a vision of a world made better through a new type of commerce. "What if there was a place I could shop that reinvested every last dollar into lifting up the impoverished?" Our in-house slogan became, "Make it so that not only when I give, but also when I shop, I can help others."

That vision is now real. Every dollar spent on JesusEconomy.org has transformed the lives of artisans and fueled a movement of creating jobs and churches in the developing world.

Shop on JesusEconomy.org to Gift a Better Story

Jesus' Economy reinvests every last dollar into the movement of creating jobs and churches. This is a story of innovating to break the cycle of poverty. We're here to empower you to be part of a better story.

 

This Black Friday, Gift the Story of Handmade Craft

 Instead of telling your sister Sally how you stood in line for two hours and fought the crowds to get "the last one," tell her how you picked out a story-filled gift especially for her. Share how your purchase helped a woman in a developing country build her business and community.

Gift the Story of an Artisan's Craft

 
 
Mafi: Jewelry Artist & Production Manager from Haiti
 
Benson: Leather Worker & Journal Artist from Haiti
Benson: Leather Worker & Journal Artist from Haiti
Unis: Taylor from Nepal
Unis: Taylor from Nepal
Blanca and Mayamam Co-Op: Weavers from Guatemala
Blanca and Mayamam Co-Op: Weavers from Guatemala
Mr. Samuel: Basket Weaver from Haiti
Mr. Samuel: Basket Weaver from Haiti
Christella: Jewelry Artist from Haiti
Christella: Jewelry Artist from Haiti
John Nyarwa: T-shirt Artist from Uganda
John Nyarwa: T-shirt Artist from Uganda
Laxmi: Seamstress from Nepal

With Jesus' Economy, you know the story of the person who crafted your gift.

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This Black Friday, Gift the Story of Cultures Preserved

Instead of telling your brother Bill how you managed to score that 'crazy' deal on something you know will break in a week, explain how nearly every cheap deal costs someone, somewhere. 'Cheap' often requires cheap (exploited) labor. That's why you decided instead to buy a high-quality, fair trade product. You purchased a beautiful creation by an artist whose craft preserves a long-passed down cultural tradition.

Gift the Story of Culture

Fair Trade Products Made in Guatemala
Fair Trade Products Made in Guatemala
Fair Trade Products Made in Haiti
Fair Trade Products Made in Haiti
Fair Trade Products Made in Brazil
Fair Trade Products Made in Brazil
Fair Trade Products Made in Rwanda
Fair Trade Products Made in Rwanda
Fair Trade Products Made in Kenya
Fair Trade Products Made in Kenya
Fair Trade Products Made in Nepal
Fair Trade Products Made in Nepal

With Jesus' Economy, you can share a unique craft from another culture.

Shop Fair Trade by Country


Be Part of the Story with a New Kind of Commerce

There are gifts for everyone on your list on JesusEconomy.org. And these gifts tell a beautiful story.

Fair Trade Journals
Fair Trade Journals
Fair Trade Jewelry
Fair Trade Jewelry
Fair Trade Household Goods
Fair Trade Household Goods
Fair Trade Accessories
Fair Trade Accessories
Fair Trade Clothing
Fair Trade Clothing
Fair Trade Bags & Wallets
Fair Trade Bags & Wallets

This year, be part of the story of artisans defeating poverty. Say no to the norm of Black Friday sales. And say yes to telling a better story with your holiday shopping. #GiftingStories

Gift a Better Story

This holiday season, we're celebrating stories of artisans overcoming poverty through craftsmanship. #GiftingStories

#GiftingStories — Benson's Workshop

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For many in the developing world, there is little hope of ever overcoming poverty. But Benson Thermidor of Haiti refused to live the story of poverty. Here's how Benson defeated poverty through craftsmanship.

Lives Transformed Through Craft

In the impoverished village of Jubilee in Haiti, artisan Benson Thermidor has used his unique skills to both lift himself out of poverty and provide jobs for people in his community. Together, Benson and his guild of artisans craft leather goods and journals to sell locally and internationally.

Beautiful, Handmade Journals Create Jobs

Benson was binding song books, Bibles, and texts for friends when 2nd Story Goods—a local nonprofit and partner of Jesus' Economy—asked Benson if he would be willing to teach his skills to others in the village who needed work. Once Benson had passed along his skills to others, a journal-making business emerged. 

Once connected to the western market through fair trade shopping sites like JesusEconomy.org, Benson's business took off. Suddenly, the demand for fair trade leather journals was so great that multiple workers could be hired. Families were being lifted out of poverty.

Handmade Burlap Journals from Haiti

Poverty Overcome through Leather Craftsmanship 

Since that initial training event, Benson's leather business has expanded greatly. He has trained over 25 artisans in his community. Benson's workshop is now making leather messenger bags, leather cross body bagsleather tote bagsleather passport covers, and other fair trade leather products. The goat leather they use to make these items is sourced in-country as a by-product of food.

Families who couldn't put food on the table before, now can. Parents who wanted to send their children to school but couldn't afford to do so, now can. In this impoverished village, where work is often unreliable and low paying, Benson's workshop is transformative.

Handmade Crossbody Bags from Haiti

 

Let Your Holiday Shopping Tell a Story

Every gift from JesusEconomy.org comes with a story to share ... of lives being transformed through craftculture, and a new type of commerce

Be part of the story of artisans defeating poverty. Let your holiday shopping tell a story. #GiftingStories

Gift a Better Story

Be part of the story of families overcoming poverty. This holiday season, shop to transform lives on JesusEconomy.org.

Gift a Better Story


#GiftingStories

Every gift from JesusEconomy.org comes with a story to share ... of lives being transformed through craft, culture, and a new type of commerce.

You can make the world better, simply with a smart shopping choice.


Gift the Story of Handmade Craft

Imagine this story. A developing world artisan creates beautiful, handcrafted products. For years, her family has passed down a craft. Her culture lives on through her delicate hands. She thinks, "this year, if I sell a little more, I can get my eight-year-old daughter the books she needs for school."

Be part of her story, of transforming her life. With Jesus' Economy, you know the story of the person who crafted your gift.

Shop Handmade Craft by Artist


Gift the Story of Cultures Preserved

There is a story behind every fair trade product. It's a story of culture being preserved and shared. With Jesus' Economy, you can be part of a better story for the world.

Shop Fair Trade by Country


Be Part of the Story with a New Kind of Commerce

Your gift from the JesusEconomy.org Fair Trade Shop empowers artisans. And it furthers the movement of creating jobs and churches in the developing world.

This is the story of a new way of shopping, one that transforms the world. On JesusEconomy.org, when you give and when you shop, you can help others.

We reinvest every last dollar into the movement of creating jobs and churches. This is a story of innovating to break the cycle of poverty. We're here to empower you to be part of a better story.

This year, be part of the story of artisans defeating poverty. Tell a better story with your holiday shopping. #GiftingStories

Gift a Better Story

It seems like we were just ringing in the new year, but somehow it's almost Thanksgiving, and Christmas is going to be here before we know it.

Whether you’re looking for an ornament to spruce up your tree, some decorations to liven your holiday parties, or wonderful gifts to give, Jesus’ Economy has you covered. Our holiday collection is full of beautiful and practical holiday products that are ethically made, fairly traded, and leave a positive impact on the world and the people who made them.

Ornaments

Every Christmas tree needs ornaments to brighten it up. Each ornament can tell a story and be a part of the Christmas celebration. Here are some gorgeous ornaments that tell a story of hope—a story you can tell people when they ask where you got it. And while you’re shopping for your own tree decor, consider buying a few ornaments for friends and family. Tree ornaments make excellent holiday gifts, and here are just a few that are available in our holiday collection.

Ornaments from Haiti: Angel

A Caribbean angel has alighted on your tree, sent directly from sunny Haiti!

 

Ornaments from Haiti: Clay Star   

These clay ornaments are the first products of the brand new clay guild in Jubilee, Haiti.

 

Ornaments from Rwanda: Miniature Baskets  

A weaver uses natural fibers and traditional basket weaving techniques to craft each of these fun little baskets.

 

Ornaments from Guatemala: Tree

Hand embroidered in traditional Mayan design, this cloth ornament is bold and joyful.

  

Ornaments from Haiti: Bottle Pendant

Celebrate the season with these ornaments made from recycled glass and aluminum.

 

Ornaments from Rwanda: Hand-Carved, Tree Branch Bird  

Artisans use Jacaranda branches to carve these charming little birds, which are similar in size to our Rwandan fire finches. They look beautiful clustered against the dark evergreen of a Christmas tree.

Each of these ornaments are intricately designed to add beauty and a story to your Christmas tree this season. Buy one today and change the world through fair trade.

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Shop fair trade now to create jobs this holiday season — and save 15% while doing so. Our special offer of 15% off orders of $45 or more expires on December 31, 2018. To take advantage of this offer, use coupon JE4HOLIDAYS at checkout.

Why the discount? Simply put, to make it easy for you to shop fair trade this holiday season. Our daily prices are already the best we can offer while maintaining fair trade standards; it is the amount of orders in the holiday season that makes this special offer possible.

Join us this holiday season in creating jobs for artisans overcoming poverty. Together, we can create jobs in the developing world. Your shopping choice makes that possible.

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