One of the greatest features of Fair Trade products is their bright, colorful and inspired designs that are sure to spark a conversation with someone. When pieces are unique or colorful, people are drawn to it and tend to want to know where it came from. This is when items from Jesus Economy can really shine because you have the opportunity to share with them all that fair trade item does.

Here's a few products from our Fair Trade Shop that'll be sure to start a conversation. 

Cross Body Bags from Guatemala in Emerald Green

Baskets from Rwanda: Teardrop Tri-Color

Belts from Guatemala: 47" with Horn Buckle

Earrings from Haiti: Mafi Pendant in Blue


Tote Bags from Haiti: Afrique

Baskets from Rwanda: Constellation in Tea and Bordeaux with Border

Pillows from Haiti: Canvas and Leather Nouveau

Table Napkin Sets from Guatemala: Berry Jubilee Striped

There's still a week left to Fair Trade Month, so grab your Fair Trade item and get ready to tell all your friends why it's a piece of hope. 


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 Kayli Thompson, blog editor-in-chief and manager of our Twitter and Facebook accounts. 

Tote Bags from Guatemala: Beach Tote in Stormy Blues 

In a green and fertile valley among the mountains of beautiful Guatemala, a group of determined women are weaving and sewing. They are changing their futures through the works they create and the wages and education they receive as a result. Mayamam weavers are bringing intricate, handwoven pieces of Mayan culture to your home, like this beach tote made of sturdy, handwoven cotton. It is lined with a waterproof, ripstop nylon and includes an interior zipper pocket. The cotton rope handles are knotted through brass grommets to give it that nautical look and feel. 

Kayli loves going to the beach and makes a point of going several times a year whether it's lakes or the ocean. This bag has become her trusty go-to whenever she's packing up for the beach. Being a single mom who needs to bring everything from sunscreen to sand toys to snacks to the beach, this tote works perfectly for her needs, fitting everything inside. 

"This beach tote has quickly become my favorite bag. I love totes as they are handy for more than just the beach and I've chosen this bag time and time again for every time I need to take tons of stuff some place. And, my daughter's water bottle cap wasn't screwed on tightly when she put it in the bag once and while it got my items wet, the bag stayed totally dry as the waterproof lining did its job! Love this bag, would choose it over and over again." - Kayli

Grab your beach tote from Guatemala then head to the beach! Or park, or gym, wherever really. 

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?

Stamped Leather Luggage Tags from Haiti

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. 

Toiletry Bags from Guatemala: Navy Blue Herringbone 

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.

Sheepskin Leather Passport Covers from Haiti

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. 

Bags from Guatemala: Rolltop Backpack in Caramel

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. 

Goat Leather Executive Portfolio from Haiti

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.  

You can't go wrong with travel products featured in our Fair Trade Shop - everything will make your trip easier and less stressful.  

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. 

Bags from Haiti: The Tori 

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! 

You can never have too many bags. And we've got plenty to choose from in our Fair Trade Shop; whether it's purses, clutches, totes, or weekender bags. The artisan co-op, Mayamam Weavers, is a group of women from Guatemala who refuse to leave their home country and families behind to make a living. So they made a way to support themselves and their families while staying in their communities. They weave all of their products by hand on looms using different techniques and tie in their Mayan culture. 

Here's 4 Bags from Guatemala we love and know you will too

1. Weekender Tote Bag in Caramel 

This weekender tote bag is perfect for a day trip or weekend away. Made from sturdy, handwoven cotton with a fabric liner so you know this bag will last you years to come. Also comes in Indigo Blue. 

2. Beach Tote in Stormy Blues and Carousel

If you live near a beach or make it a regular summer vacation, you know a large, sturdy tote bag is a MUST. Handwoven with cotton canvas and lined with waterproof ripstop nylon, this is the perfect bag to hold all your needs for a trip to the beach.

3. Cross Body Bags from Guatemala in Black

Every woman has had that moment in her life where her purse or bag is in her way. Enter the beauty that is cross body bags that allow your hands and shoulders to be free. Made from handwoven cotton with an outside zipper pocket and interior slip pocket. Also, comes in Emerald Green and Cobalt Blue. 

4. Rolltop Backpack in Caramel 

This backpack is made from 100% handwoven cotton both inside and out. It has a wide zippered pocket, side pocket, and fabric liner. The straps are also padded so that you don't get that pinch you experience with most backpacks. It also comes in Indigo Blue. 

Find these and other great bags handwoven from Guatemala in our Fair Trade Shop. 

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Goat Leather Messenger Bags

If you think 'fair trade' means 'poor quality', and that fine craftsmanship doesn't come from poor communities, think again. We'd like to introduce you to the first ever fair trade, hand-crafted, genuine goat leather messenger bag from Jubilee, Haiti.

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Sheep Leather Tote Bags from Haiti

Made from sheep leather, this bag is the elegance you've been looking for. Support local artisans in an impoverished community, and exude fashion while doing so.

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Genuine Goat Leather Tote Bags

Made from 100% goat leather, this bag is the elegance you've been looking for. The leather is made to be durable and wear resistant.

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Your Purchase Creates Fair Trade Jobs

Benson has a leather studio in Jubilee village, Haiti, where he trains his fellow artisans on the art of leather work. In this impoverished village, where work is often undependable and low paying, Benson's studio is a grace to the community. Through his partnership with 2nd Story Goods, a local non-profit in Haiti, Benson employs several people to make these bags.

 This offer is courtesy of a partnership between Jesus' Economy and 2nd Story Goods, who is creating jobs and training artisans in Haiti.

Offer valid until 11:59pm on September 20, 2016. 

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