In Terrier Rouge, a small farming community in northern Haiti, a group of teenage girls meets to make greeting cards. These cards are sold for fair wages, and the girls are able to save money for education and pursuing their dreams through their partnership with Woven Grace, a partner of Jesus’ Economy.
The Terrier Rouge Teens attend St. Barthelemy on US scholarships, but if they want to pursue jobs or further education after graduation, they have no options. There are no jobs in Terrier Rouge and no means to seek employment in Cap-Haitien, which is almost an hour away. The Woven Grace Fair Trade program provides these girls with a way to earn an income, save money for the future, and pursue their dreams.
Now, with the money they earn selling cards, these ladies have the opportunity to save money for the chance to break the cycle of poverty and give themselves a more hopeful future.
Thousands of people in Haiti live in poverty making it near impossible for families to earn enough money to break through the system. These people are suffering and many children end up on the streets to fend for themselves. But Woven Grace, a new partner of Jesus’ Economy, is working to change that through the Streethearts' Safe House.
The young men of the Streethearts' Safe House in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, were once living on the street, using drugs, prostitution, stealing, and any other means possible to get food and shelter. Streethearts offers them a safe place to live, receive education to meet their learning levels, and develop the life skills needed to rise above extreme poverty.
Woven Grace has introduced the journal-making program at Streethearts as a way for these teens to learn business skills and start a pattern toward a better future. Next time you need a new journal, consider buying one from Streethearts and join their fight to exit poverty.
Father’s Day is getting closer, and maybe you’ve had that perfect gift planned since January, or maybe you’re drawing a blank on what to get your dad. But don’t worry, we can help! JesusEconomy.org has many great gifts your dad will love because they are made ethically, fairly traded, and the gift will come from you—his favorite child, obviously.
All wallets wear out eventually, and maybe your dad is in need of a new wallet with that new leather smell. This leather wallet from Haiti is standard size and has pockets for cash and credit cards, including a photo window — so he can include that photo of his favorite child.
Everyone needs a vacation every now and then, but especially parents. Give your dad a luggage tag he can use when he takes a much-needed break. Or buy a few tags because, let’s face it, your dad will probably want to take his family along.
Does your dad need a new, sturdy journal for business meetings or jotting down his classic dad jokes? This handmade journal from Haiti comes in several sizes and is perfect for anything he might want to take note of.
Picture this: it’s a typical Sunday barbecue, and your dad gets a stain on his Sunday shirt—what else is new? But if you give him an apron from Guatemala, he can avoid the stain remover and continue to barbecue in style.
Dads never run out of T-shirts, yet they always seem to need more. Add one to his collection with this T-shirt from Uganda featuring the Jesus’ Economy logo. This shirt represents the global focus of fair trade, and you can tell him about where the shirt came from and what it stands for.
Hopefully we gave you some ideas for what to get your dad to say "thank you" for all he’s done. But if you’re stumped, get a gift card so he can pick out exactly what he wants.
Everything in our fair trade store is created ethically and fairly traded. Your purchases will support artisans around the world as you thank your dad for supporting you.
Our moms work really hard, and we get to celebrate them in a few weeks on Mother’s Day. If you’re still looking for that special gift for the moms in your life, consider shopping fair trade, and check out all the beautiful gift options we have!
A new pair of earrings is a treat, and here is a lovely pair that is classy and fun. These earrings can be worn with formal, business, or casual outfits, which makes them practical, too!
This bracelet has the elegance of real gold, but is much sturdier for everyday wear. Woven with golden grass, a strong Brazilian plant, this bracelet will hold its shape, too. It’s also perfect for any moms with metal-sensitive skin, and is available with stones in white, pink, and black!
A good basket is a great thing to have, and if your mom doesn’t have one yet, take a look at this one. It is the perfect size for fruits and veggies from the farmer’s market, or for a small picnic at the park. It is made from 100% sweetgrass—an all-natural, renewable, and water resistant resource in Haiti.
Handwoven with 100% cotton, these kitchen towels are vibrant and durable. There are dozens of other colors, so you can find the right pattern to match your mom’s kitchen. These towels are easy to take care of and are machine washable and dryable.
Is your mom’s apron getting a little ragged? Buy her a new one that’s both fashionable and supports families around the world.
It’s almost beach season, and this tote is just the thing for your mom to carry everything she needs as she goes out and about this summer. It’s cute, large enough to carry everything from books to snacks, and is lined with waterproof material.
And if you’re looking for a gift, but can’t find that ‘just right’ something, get her a gift card! A gift card for JesusEconomy.org can be used at the fair trade store, or it can be used to make a donation to one of our programs to end poverty in Bihar, India.
Honor the mothers in your life and get them something special. While you’re at it, purchase a handmade Mother’s Day card from Haiti to go with it.
The weather is trying to warm up a bit, and now is the time to get out and about! Whether you’re heading to the beach or heading to the park to do a little reading, we have just the tote to carry everything you need. Each of these totes is sturdy, intricately designed, and fairly traded, making it the perfect practical bag for any occasion. There are several options, so find the one that best suits your spring style. And if you’re thinking about upcoming graduations, totes make fantastic and useful gifts!
Enjoy the outdoors with one of these beautiful totes!
If you are looking to do some redecorating, consider shopping fair trade. A few new throw pillows can amp up the style of your living room, and we have several options from neutral to bold. These lovely pillows come from either Haiti or Guatemala, and are carefully made by hand and fairly traded. Spruce up your home and check out these beautiful pillows!
Decorate responsibly by shopping fair trade!
Traveling can be a lot of fun, especially when it's recreational and not for business. But sometimes traveling can be stressful and complicated, especially if you're traveling overseas. We have a variety of travel items that'll lighten your load and make everything that comes with traveling just a little bit easier. And who couldn't use something that makes their life easier?
Made from 100% locally-sourced 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. Your purchase supports the work of skilled artisans in impoverished situations. Make a statement and find your bags quickly at the same time.
This toiletry bag handwoven by Guatemalan artisans features sturdy cotton and a zipper top closure. The inside is lined with waterproof ripstop nylon so when one of your products leaks inside, it won't ruin the bag. It also has suspender style tie downs at each end so that the bag properly fits all your contents without having to squeeze it closed.
The perfect traveling partner to hold your most valuable tool: your passport. You won't lose sight of your ID in this sturdy cover with elastic closure. These covers come in either sheepskin or goat leather. The golden color of the sheepskin and the caramel color of the goat leather are pleasing to the eye and the wardrobe. Enjoy the smooth feel of this cover when you pull it out for going through customs.
This rolltop backpack is perfect whether you're flying, roadtripping or getting away for a weekend. it's made from handwoven cotton canvas and has a corresponding fabric liner. There's a wide, center zippered pocket and a smaller side pocket on the side to store things you need to grab quickly like your passport and phone. And as a bonus, the straps are padded so you know your shoulders will be in comfort while you travel.
This fair trade executive portfolio from Haiti has pockets for everything you need--from business cards to credit cards. Need a spot for your itinerary or important papers for traveling? This portfolio has it, plus blank pages for you to jot down anything you might need to while on the go. Keep all your important papers in the one item that's got your back: the executive portfolio from Haiti.
Every Sunday, we will be featuring products from the Fair Trade Shop selected by a member of the Jesus' Economy team. Every product selected is one they've personally bought, used, and fallen in love with.
This week's pick was selected by Rachel Thompson, executive assistant and manager of our Instagram page.
The supple goat leather, locally-sourced and processed in Haiti, elegantly meets the strength of the canvas in this ingenious bag from Jubilee, Haiti's talented sewing group. Each bag features an interior zip pocket and fabric lining. You'll be surprised at how much you can fit inside! Pick up your fair trade Tori bag and support the creativity of these artists today!
Rachel uses the bag as her purse, fitting a plethora of items inside, which is needed as she's a mom of two active kiddos. It's durable and fits her on-the-go lifestyle of a busy mom who holds down two part-time jobs plus her volunteer position at Jesus' Economy.
"I love my Tori bag from Haiti! It is made from durable goat leather and comes with denim stitching on the inside. It has two cell phone/accessory pockets in the front, and a hidden zipper on the inside. It’s my favorite every day bag because it is durable, yet fashion forward. And best of all, it is handmade and contributed to its artisan’s livelihood and hope." - Rachel
Pick up your Tori bag from Haiti today!
Decorative baskets can be a wonderful addition to your home, especially when they're functional and made by hand. We carry a wide variety of hand-woven baskets in our Fair Trade Shop that you can use in your home to add a bit of beauty and functionality.
These handcrafted boxes are a wonderful way to stay organized and hold your belongings beautifully, in fair trade style. Choose from our range of sizes, or choose a nesting set of three. Crafted from banana leaves and stalks, these cubes are strong and sturdy, with open handholds. The large size is designed to fit into all your modular storage shelves.
The Teardrop Basket is handcrafted by artisans of the Peace Baskets Cooperative using the same age-old techniques found in Rwanda’s national museum. Lightweight and delicately woven, this basket makes a beautiful display piece, or can be used to store various treasures! Stands 11.5" tall.
The beautiful capim dourado or 'golden grass' used in our Brazilian woven grass basket collections can be found growing in the Tocantins region of Brazil. It is a protected resource, and its raw grasses cannot be exported. Only the finished grass products of the indigenous peoples of Brazil can be brought into your home--making these items unique and valuable. It comes in three different sizes to suit your needs whether it's for jewelry, keys, knick-knacks, or some delicious baked goods.
This fair trade casserole basket from Haiti is perfect for transporting your favorite casserole dish or just for sprucing it up. It can also be used for storing items or filled with potted plants to make a beautiful centerpiece or window sill decoration. The possibilities are endless!
The Banana Divided Serving Tray is crafted from the locally-gathered leaves and stalks of banana trees. Artisans use a specially designed, handmade needle to thread dried banana leaves around the banana stalks. The result is a super-sturdy tray that’s great for carrying cups. It can be used for all sorts of things like a little shelf or a storage unit for craft supplies; we like to use the tray to hold boxes of tea bags- it’s great for serving guests!
These woven baskets are created from dyed natural sisal fibers woven over a core of forest grasses. The tea color is created when the naturally-white sisal fibers are steeped in Rwandan-grown tea leaves. The large basket is flat on the bottom and makes a beautiful tray for serving or display. Imagine the medium basket on your dining room table filled with warm bread or fruit. The small basket is a beautiful way to hold jewelry or keys, or it may be filled with small treats and used as a gift basket. Each basket has a loop on the back for hanging- the trio looks gorgeous on a blank wall. They come in a variety of colors and patterns.
All of these baskets would look wonderful in your home while carrying a beautiful story of hope. The Jesus' Economy Fair Trade Shop carries several more basket options whether for beauty or storage. Check out our selection of baskets.
Our Fair Trade Shop is full of several handmade products that we love, and one item we have a lot of are beautiful sets of earrings. We've picked five pairs that you'll be sure to fall in love with and want to purchase whether it's for you, your mom, best friend, or sister.
These trendy disc earrings are made by a group of female weavers from Rwanda. They are made with all-natural sisal fibers, using an age old basket weaving technique to create lightweight discs that feel elegant to wear. Completing the look, the hoops are fastened onto hypoallergenic earring hooks.
These handmade, fair trade earrings are modern and chic. Made by a co-op of Haitian women from Jubilee, Haiti, each earring represents a great cause. These ladies have dreams of running their own businesses, sending their kids to school, and supporting their families.
Loop earrings are a great asset to any woman’s jewelry collection. Add this pair for a unique and modern touch. Hand-hammered in Haiti, these earrings are a fashionable accessory that will complete your look and empower artisans through fair trade.
Golden grass is a protected resource, and its raw grasses cannot be exported. Only the finished grass products of the indigenous peoples of Brazil can be brought into your home--making these items unique and valuable. It is durable, flexible and lightweight, making it perfect for jewelry.
Not just for ceremony, you can wear these tassel earrings any day you like! And you'll have reason to celebrate when you realize that you've helped women in extreme poverty situations earn a living.