John here, founder of Jesus' Economy. In northeast India, in a state called Bihar, I experienced unimaginable poverty and was shocked to learn how many people had never heard of Jesus. A woman desperately requested prayer because she needed a sustainable job to provide for her family. But I also saw life enter people's eyes when they learned of Jesus for the first time. I witnessed the hope that a water well can bring to a community.

Renewing Hope, Hearts, and Homes in Bihar


Here, at year end, we need your help to meet our annual goals for Renewing Bihar. Will you join us in creating jobs, planting churches, and meeting basic needs?

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A Story of Good News Reaching the Poor ...

In an impoverished rural village, I met a woman who had once suffered from severe depression. She had never heard of Jesus until a church planter came to town. She decided to take a risk and explain to him her difficulty. As the church planter prayed for her, she was filled with joy.

Her father later asked what had changed in her life; she quietly said, "Jesus" and told him the story. The father insisted the church planter come over for dinner. Half way through dinner, the father asked if the planter would be willing to pray for his cow who had been ill. He noted that other "priests" had prayed for the cow to no avail. The planter agreed to pray, laying hands on the animal that provided nourishment for the family. The cow was immediately made well. A few days later, the father invited the planter back and said, "I want to know this Jesus." Now, the church meets in the man's household.

You can be a part of creating stories like this one. Join us in renewing Bihar. Here at year-end, gift a better story for the impoverished and unreached.

Gifting a Better Story for Bihar: Our Progress

Thanks to the support of all those who have joined us in Renewing Bihar, we've sponsored four indigenous church planters, who are renewing communities spiritually by sharing about Jesus. In a society where people are often told that their lives have little value because of the social status they were both into, they are learning how much Jesus values them. This changes their entire outlook on life. The stories of renewal are incredible.

Together, we've also sponsored over half a dozen water wells, which are providing renewal for whole communities. The most impoverished in the world are experiencing Jesus' love in word and in deed. Each water well has been drilled in an area where a sponsored church planter is working, providing a profound way to share the story of Jesus. The stories of villages being renewed through clean water are beautiful.

100% of Your Donation Goes to Bihar

Every dollar you give to renewing Bihar, India will go straight to India. Your donation will be used to create jobs, plant churches, and meet basic needs. In partnership with a well-established organization in India, Jesus' Economy is planting churches, providing microloans and business training for impoverished women, and drilling water wells. Together, we can spiritually and physically transform Bihar.

Bihar, India is one of the most impoverished place in the world, where few have heard the name of Jesus and the majority of people live in extreme poverty. You can change that.

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Let Your Holiday Season Tell a Story

Every donation on JesusEconomy.org offers a better story for impoverished and unreached communities. And 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 families overcoming poverty. Let your holiday season tell a story. #GiftingStories

Give a Better Story

If Jesus walked the earth today, he would note the disparity in wealth and the need to create jobs. He would note that spiritual depravity is at the heart of every impoverished society. It is a lack of spiritual health that causes people to put selfish gain over those in need. But Jesus, and his love shown through acts of empowerment and charity, changes all this.

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For the Sake of the Impoverished & Unreached

At Jesus’ Economy, we believe that God wants to take impoverished communities who lack access to the gospel and renew them. We believe that God wants to create jobs, plant churches, and meet the basic needs of the impoverished — all at the same time, one community at a time.

And surprisingly, few people are doing this — holistic ministry is rare. Jesus’ Economy is the only non-profit dedicated to holistic work on a global scale. Furthermore, we are the only organization that also combines it with fair trade shopping. And 100% of your giving to developing world projects is spent in the developing world — every time, guaranteed.

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A Better Story for Your Year-End Giving

Especially here at year-end, we need your support. Several of our funds still need substantial giving for us to meet our annual goals. And while Jesus' Economy has inspired global change, we're still a very small organization. Every dollar matters and we put every dollar to work.

Be part of a better story for impoverished communities. Choose Jesus' Economy for a year-end gift. Align your giving with your passion.

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Let Your Holiday Season Tell a Story

Every donation on JesusEconomy.org offers a better story for impoverished and unreached communities. And 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 families overcoming poverty. Let your holiday season tell a story. #GiftingStories

Give a Better Story

Jesus’ Economy began with just the money in our founders’ bank account and the time they could volunteer. For four years, co-founder Kalene volunteered full-time while our founder John served as volunteer CEO while having a demanding full-time job. And then they took one step further in faith ...

Fuel the Movement of Jesus' Economy

 

Going "All in" for the Sake of the Hurting

To go “all in” with Jesus’ Economy and self-fund its start-up, John and Kalene eventually sold nearly everything they owned, including their house. John then left his job so that both him and Kalene could devote all their energy to the mission of renewing impoverished communities, spiritually and physically.

With these changes, John and Kalene Barry had enough capital to go full-time into the mission of creating jobs and churches. You read that right: Our founders did all this before Jesus’ Economy could even pay them.

These acts of self-sacrifice — and the unique aspects of Jesus’ Economy — have inspired global change. Other people have now risen up to make similar sacrifices, volunteering their resources, money, and skills. To this day, Jesus' Economy is still an all-volunteer organization. And that's just the beginning of the story.

Where the story goes from here is up to you. But before we talk about your part of this story, let’s celebrate what God has done thus far.

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A Better Story for Impoverished Communities

Together, we've sponsored four church planters in Bihar, India, who are providing access to the gospel in villages where people have never heard the name of Jesus. In these same communities, we've sponsored water wells that are renewing life. And now, we're raising funds to create jobs in Bihar, so that a group of women can lift their entire families out of poverty.

In addition, the JesusEconomy.org Fair Trade Shop is empowering artisans around the world to lift their families out poverty. Together, we're telling a better story with our shopping, one of impoverished communities around the world being renewed through craft, culture, and a new type of commerce

The Unique Story of Jesus' Economy

On JesusEconomy.org, you can shop and give to transform lives. This is what makes Jesus' Economy unique. Every last dollar from the Jesus' Economy Fair Trade Shop is reinvested in the mission. And every last dollar you donate goes exactly where you designate — 100%, every time, guaranteed.

We believe that there are answers to the world’s problems in the combining of microloans, fair trade shopping, church planting, and meeting basic needs. We believe that all these things should work together holistically — as one vision and plan for renewing communities.

For your year-end giving, choose Jesus' Economy. Fuel the movement by giving to our Operations Fund. Be part of a new, better solution. Be part of a better story for our hurting world.

Be Part of a Better Story

 

Let Your Holiday Season Tell a Story

Every donation on JesusEconomy.org offers a better story for impoverished and unreached communities. And 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 families overcoming poverty. Let your holiday season tell a story. #GiftingStories

Give a Better Story

There is no other gift card like this one. And it will arrive by Christmas! Apply this gift card to a purchase or a cause.

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Perfect for the Person Who Cares Deeply

This is the perfect gift card for that family member or friend who cares deeply about our world and its people. The Jesus' Economy Gift Card can be used in our Fair Trade Shop or be applied to a cause, such as church planting, empowering women, or clean water.

This is a better story for the holiday gift card, one that makes our world a world better place.

A New Type of Commerce & Better Way to Donate

If the recipient of the JesusEconomy.org gift card chooses to donate it, 100% goes to the cause of their choosing. And if the recipient chooses to pick up a fair trade product, they will know that not only did they help create jobs for impoverished families, but every last dollar of their purchase is reinvested in the mission. The recipient of this gift card can even choose a fair trade product and donate the remainder to a cause, in the same transaction. All that with the same gift card!

This is what makes JesusEconomy.org unique. You can give and shop in the same place. And know that every last dollar supports making our world a better place.

This is a better story for holiday shopping and a better story for donating. All wrapped into one gift card.

The Perfect Last-Minute Gift

The Jesus' Economy Gift Card is the perfect last-minute gift because it will arrive by Christmas. In fact, it will arrive within an hour!

Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Our gift cards have no additional processing fees. The gift card will be sent to your inbox and you can then forward it to the intended recipient; or print it out and drop it in a card or stocking.

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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 overcoming poverty. Let your holiday shopping tell a story. #GiftingStories

Gift a Better Story

This holiday season, we're telling stories of artisans overcoming poverty by sharing their culture and craft. Along the way, we've curated our few favorite things from each country where we empower artisans: HaitiNepalBrazil, Rwanda, and Guatemala. And no list is complete without the Jesus' Economy t-shirt from Uganda. But today, we're betting you need a quick gift. To help you out, here are our favorite things from all 6 countries, in one collection.

But act fast: Shop before the end of today, December 18 PST, for your gift to arrive by Christmas.* Every gift from Jesus' Economy comes with a story to share ... of lives being transformed through craft, culture, and a new type of commerceAnd JesusEconomy.org invests every dollar in the mission of creating jobs & churches for those who need them most.

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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

 

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

#GiftingStories — Cultural Traditions Gift Life Transformation

In the highlands of Guatemala, a group of women have come together to overcome poverty. Inspired by their culture, they are now empowered to make a change in their lives. Mayamam Weavers, a partner of Jesus' Economy, gives female artisans in Cajolá, Guatemala the ability to make a living right where they live, without migrating and separating their families. 

When you gift products from Guatemala on JesusEconomy.org, you give families a chance to stay together and be lifted out of poverty. You help preserve years of traditional weaving and looming skills that incorporate Mayan design, culture, and color patterns.

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A Village Being Transformed Through the Gift of Culture

Mayamam Weavers are working hard to provide for their families and teach others how to do the same. 94% of the people of Cajolá live below the poverty line. But the intricate, handwoven efforts of the Mayamam Weavers is providing a better story than poverty.

When women join the cooperative, they're given fair trade wages, basic education through 6th grade level, and access to scholarships to further their education. They're changing their community from the inside out. This holiday season, you can be a part of their story.

A Few Of Our Favorite Things From Guatemala ...

Bags from Guatemala: Weekender Tote Bag in Caramel

love this sturdy weekender tote bag. This bag is perfect for that quick, weekend getaway when you don't want to pack or carry a lot. The holidays are a perfect time to get away for a quick respite and this bag is both beautiful and functional for the occasion.

Toiletry Bags from Guatemala in Caramel Wide Stripe

To go with your weekend getaway bag, snag this matching toiletry bag to store all your freshening up supplies. It's lined with waterproof ripstop nylon so you know everything else in your bag won't get ruined in case something leaks. 

Aprons from Guatemala: Cajola Red

These aprons from Guatemala are handwoven with care and thought. They come in three different styles and even in children's sizes. This red will put you in the holiday spirit and have you whipping up Christmas treats in no time. 

Brocaded Pillows from Guatemala: Black and White

I can't get over the intricate detail of this brocaded pillow. The women who brocade these pillows are inspired by traditional Mayan design and techniques. This pillow will look gorgeous on your couch or as an accent pillow on your bed. 

Belts from Guatemala: Striped Canvas

We love these handwoven belts that are made to last. And a quality belt is something the guy in your life is always looking for. Grab him one of these (so many fair trade belt options!) and you'll get to tell him how buying him the belt provided income for an artisan and their family. 

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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 — A Better Story for a Group of Guatemala Women

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For most families from extreme poverty situations, there is little hope of ever overcoming poverty. But in the Guatemala highlands, a group of women have come together to defeat poverty and keep their families together. They are doing so through a cultural craft that has been passed down for generations.

Ancient Craft of Weaving Creates Jobs

Mayamam Weavers, a partner of Jesus' Economy, gives artisans the ability to live a better story: the opportunity to make a living without migrating and separating their families. For most women in villages like Cajolá, Guatemala, their only choice is to travel hundreds, or even thousands, of miles to find work in another country. This story of immigration and migrant work often means leaving behind children and even spouses.

The women of Mayamam Weavers have found a way to leverage an ancient craft so they can stay in Cajoá. They creates handwoven home goods and fair trade accessories for modern living—inspired by the rich colors, patterns, and traditional weaving techniques of Mayan culture. The co-op has now grown to 20 weavers and seamstresses, all earning fair trade wages while learning the skills to run a business.

Kitchen Gift Sets from Guatemala

An Opportunity to Make a Fair Trade Living without Leaving Family

The women behind the Mayamam co-op are determined to make their lives better for themselves and their children—and with the education and fair trade wages they receive from their artistry, they are doing just that.

There are very few economic and education opportunities in the small Guatemalan village, Cajolá, where most will spend their entire lives. In fact, 94% of the entire town population live below the poverty line. Many do not have access to even basic primary education. By joining the Mayamam Weavers co-op, every woman receives fair wages, primary school education through 6th grade level, and access to scholarships for further education through university level. They are truly changing the future outlook for themselves and their entire families.  

Totes from Guatemala

 

Be Part of a Better Story for Guatemala Artists

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.

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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 defeating poverty. Let your holiday shopping tell a story. #GiftingStories

Gift a Better Story

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

#GiftingStories — A Better Holiday Decorating Story

This Christmas, let your holiday decorating tell a better story, one of families overcoming poverty. Every single dollar spent on JesusEconomy.org is invested in the mission. This is the story of a new type of commerce, one that makes the world a better place.

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A Story Behind Your Holiday Decor

Each ornament from JesusEconomy.org tells a story of hope. Imagine sharing a story from Haiti, Rwanda, or Guatemala when you tell people about your Christmas tree; or when you gift that special ornament or handmade stocking.

A Better Story for a Village in Haiti

Living in the village of Jubilee, Haiti is not an easy life. Work is hard to find and food is hard to put on the table. A little bit of extra income each month can make all the difference. Artisans like Christianna, who leads the efforts to make the cross ornaments and bottle glass ornaments, make art to support their families.

When you shop ornaments from Haiti, you support artisans overcoming poverty. You tell a better story for an impoverished village.

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A Better Story for Rwanda Artisans

This is the story the women of the Abibumbye Cooperative in Rwanda desire to live: "We hope to gain income that will help us to maintain better lives and say goodbye to poverty forever." To do so, they make miniature basket ornaments, among other products. Other cooperatives in Rwanda are creating hand-carved tree branch birds and nativity huts to lift their families out poverty.

Christmas Products from Rwanda

 

A Better Story for Traditional Weavers in Guatemala

Most people in Cajolá, Guatemala live the sad story of poverty. But the women of Mayamam Weavers are living a better story through sharing their traditional craft of weaving. Each woman in the co-op receives fair wages, primary school education through 6th grade level, and access to scholarships for education through university level. They are lifting their entire families out of poverty. Their Christmas products include handwoven stockings and ornate ornaments.

Christmas Products from Guatemala

 

A Few of Our Favorite Things (Holiday Edition) ...

Nativity Huts from Rwanda

Angel Ornaments from Haiti

Handmade Christmas Stockings from Guatemala

Porcelain Cross Ornaments from Haiti

Clay Star Ornaments from Haiti

Miniature Ornament Baskets from Rwanda

Embroidered Tree Ornaments from Guatemala

Hand-Carved White Dove Ornaments from Rwanda

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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 overcoming 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

Azizi Life, a partner of Jesus' Economy, has helped empower more than 400 artisans in Rwanda. Yup, you read that right. 400!

When you gift products from Rwanda on JesusEconomy.org, you gift a myriad of cultural traditions. Basket weaving, working with banana leaves and stalks, and hand wood carving are all skills that have been taught throughout the years. And now, artisans are turning those skills into prosperous businesses that sell beautiful, quality products.

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Villages Being Transformed Through the Gift of Culture

Jesus' Economy partner, Azizi Life, works with artisans in Rwanda to provide economic opportunities for people from extreme poverty situations. Azizi Life has developed long-term relationships with 25 independent cooperatives. They also offer product design coaching and resources for growth in enterprise, health, faith, and life as a whole.

Many of the Rwanda products available on JesusEconomy.org help provide women with the resources they need to go from being dependent to successful contributors to their family and community. Azizi Life gives the gift of hope to families in Rwanda on a daily basis, won't you join them?

A Few Of Our Favorite Things From Rwanda ...

Azizi Life products from Rwanda are more than just products; they're gorgeous pieces of art.

Banana Leaf Divided Serving Tray from Rwanda

 We love this serving tray from Rwanda because it's both beautiful and sturdy. How often can you say both of those about one product? It's made by threading banana leaves around banana stalks, which is what makes it so sturdy. You can use it to serve drinks to your guests this holiday season.  

Bookends from Rwanda: Zebra

 I am in love with the hand carved bookends from Rwanda. They're stunning pieces of art where each one is carved from a single piece of wood. They'll look great on your bookcase and when someone asks you where you got them, you can tell how you provided hope for an artisan in Rwanda. 

Baskets from Rwanda: Traditional Grass Peace Basket in Black and White

These traditional peace baskets are used in Rwanda to hold other gifts for special events, such as when a bride gives a gift to her new mother-in-law at the time of her wedding. These baskets are then proudly displayed in the home. Artisan Pascasie says that the basket’s traditional pattern, called umuraza, represents a path travelled together. Imagine two friends walking together to visit another dear friend. On their heads, they carry traditional baskets, filled with gifts from their harvest. They journey together down the path, through the hills of Rwanda, pausing to chat, and continuing on to the home of their friend.

Ornaments from Rwanda: Hand-Carved, Tree Branch Bird

This little bird ornament is made from Jacaranda trees, which is a resource that grows back after it's been cut. Artisans carve these birds from the branches and it looks beautiful on your Christmas tree. Make it a memorable ornament your family hangs on the tree year after year.  

Banana Panel Nesting Cubes From Rwanda

These nest sorting cubes are also made from strong banana leaves, making them perfect for storing whatever you need. They come in three sizes; the large one is the perfect size for your modular storage shelves. They're quality, handmade products that will last you for years to come no matter where life takes you.  

Baskets from Rwanda: Tea Blossom

All the baskets from Rwanda are created from dyed natural sisal fibers woven over a core of forest grasses. Over 4,500 stitches go into one medium basket alone! The tea color is created when the naturally-white sisal fibers are steeped in Rwandan-grown tea leaves. Imagine the medium basket on your dining room table filled with warm bread or fruit.

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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 by sharing their culture. #GiftingStories

#GiftingStories — A Better Story for Rwanda Weavers

Shop Handmade from Rwanda

For most families from extreme poverty situations, there is little hope of ever overcoming poverty. But in Rwanda, there are several co-ops who refuse to live the story of poverty. Here's how they are defeating poverty by preserving a cultural craft passed down for generations.

Ancient Craft of Basket Weaving Creates Jobs

We all have dreams of what our life stories will look like. But few westerners would articulate that dream in the way a co-op in Rwanda does,

"We hope that in the future, every member [of our co-op] will own her own home with running water and electricity."

The women of the Duteraninkunga Cooperative hope to accomplish this dream through sharing the ancient Rwandan craft of basket weaving. And their story is already changing: through the fair trade wages provided by Azizi Life (a partner of Jesus' Economy), now the weavers can afford to go to the doctor when someone in their family is ill; they also have the resources to send their children to school. On JesusEconomy.org, your holiday shopping tells a better story: you get to be part of a story like this one.

Constellation Baskets by Duteraninkunga

A Woman's Vision to Transform Her Community

One co-op from Rwanda began with a woman who had a desire to help people in her community live a better story than poverty. To do so, Immaculee Nyiramuhakwa invited a group of other impoverished women to learn to weave. More than 15 years later, the Abaharaniriterambere Cooperative has 26 women and 2 men creating functional household items from banana tree leaves and stalks.

Azizi Life, partner of Jesus' Economy, represents over 400 artisans from 25 independent artisan groups (co-ops) like Abaharaniriterambere Cooperative. This is the story of online commerce empowering artisans to overcome poverty.

Banana Leaf Nesting Tray Set by Abaharaniriterambere

 

Be Part of a Better Story for Rwanda Artists

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 Rwanda 

 

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