It is better to give than to receive, but how do you make your gift-giving twice as nice? Give a socially-conscious gift that supports fair trade around the world. This Valentine’s Day, instead of opting for that trusty old heart-shaped box of candy from Wally World that’s been on display since late December, plan ahead and give a gift that supports people in emerging nations. There are places you can shop online that effect positive change, making your gift an amazing gesture.
The making of handcrafted goods is currently the second-largest form of employment around he world, but many of these third world countries lack the resources to market their goods internationally. Some online companies like Ten Thousand Villages, The Little Market, and Serrv have found and partnered with artisans in poverty-stricken countries around the globe and pay fair wages for their products. This allows those artisans to feed their families, send their children to school, and change their futures forever. With the click of a mouse, you can be a part of that and give a gift that keeps on giving. Here are some suggestions sure to please your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
Divine Dark and Milk Belgian Chocolate- Nothing says "I’m sweet on you,” like a box of caramel and praline chocolates. Don’t let the word "Belgian” fool you. These chocolates are made by Divine Chocolates in Ghana, and the beans are purchased from the Kuapa Kokoo farmer’s co-op. This organization receives above fair-market trade premiums for their cocoa beans which are used to fund community development projects like clean water wells and schools. Serrv-$8.99
The Lovebirds Heart Dish- Nara Maya Rai, a woman from Nepal, taught herself ceramics and is able to send her children to school and provide her family three meals a day by selling her beautiful works of art. This heart-shaped ceramic dish adorned with little birds would be a perfect complement to any home. Ten Thousand Villages-$12.00
Brass Leaf Cuff Bracelet- The artisans of the Bombolulu Workshop in Mombasa, Kenya are a group of disabled men and women who use their talents in jewelry making, screen printing, wood carving, and crafting, providing a dignified means of earning income. This beautiful brass bracelet is made of hammered, embossed, and textured brass wire that creates a leaf design to fit most wrists. Serrv-$22.00
Cha Cha Clutch in Pink- This pink clutch is a perfectly unique accessory made by Mar Y Sol, a company that works with several communities of artisans and family businesses in Madagascar, eighty percent of which are women. It is woven from natural, organic, and sustainable materials like dyed sisal, inspired by Madagascar’s vibrant culture. The Little Market- $110.00