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. 

 

It seems like it was just the beginning of spring, but now summer is here and we’ve got all the fair trade products to fill your summer with fun. We’ve got everything from beach totes and summery jewelry to scarves for those chillier evenings and journals to record your favorite summer adventures. Find just what you need for you, and work on some birthday shopping for friends while you're at it! 

 

The Fourth of July is almost here, and we have some great red, white, and blue products to help you decorate and celebrate. Do you go all-out and dress up in festive colors? Choose from a selection of red, white, and blue jewelry. Throwing a barbecue? Check out some of our aprons. Going on a little trip? Take a look at our totes and bags. JesusEconomy.org has just what you need to make the holiday colorful!

 

 

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!

Fair Trade Products Moms Will Love

Earrings from Brazil: Solta Golden Grass Pendants

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!

Bracelets from Brazil: Blue Rocha Golden Grass

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!

Baskets from Haiti: Market Basket

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.

Kitchen Towels from Guatemala: Striped in Berry Jubilee

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.

Aprons from Guatemala: Wide Caramel

Is your mom’s apron getting a little ragged? Buy her a new one that’s both fashionable and supports families around the world.

Tote Bags from Guatemala: Beach Tote in Carousel

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.

Gift Card

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.

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. 

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

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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

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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.

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