November 21, 2017

Traidcraft Fights Poverty Through Craft

Whether we like it or not the gift giving season known far and wide as “the holidays” will soon be upon us.  I like to get a head start on my shopping and start right about now.  I have everyone on my list from in-laws to nephews, friends and teachers that need a thoughtful treasure and one of my favorite places to shop for gifts is Traidcraft.

Established in 1979 as a Christian mission, Traidcraft is a unique trading company that works with the poor. Traidcraft builds long-term relationships with its talented producers and helps them make a living and bring them out poverty.  If that isn’t the spirit of the holidays then I don’t know what is anymore.  It also isn’t just confined to a few small crafts and household items like many fair trade shopping sites.  Traidcraft has something for everyone on my list.  From chocolates and wines to pottery, handbags and scarves there is jewelery for my friends and gorgeous cards and Christmas items too.  I can decorate my own home with these finds from all around the world as well.

Now here is an added bonus to Traidcraft.  I’m going to let my kids shop from here for gifts because the prices are affordable and there is even a section for items under a dollar.  Each time they choose an item there is a short passage about the person who made the bag, toy or gift they have chosen.  It tells you the name, what country the items is coming from and a little bit about how it is made. It’s a nice educational segway about the world around them.

Traidcraft is at the top of my gift guide list this holiday season.  Is it on yours?

 

 

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