Fair Trade Friday

If you've never heard of Mercy House here is how the website defines it,
 "Mercy House Kenya is a 501c3 organization. The Mercy House exists to raise funds to provide alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya. The Mercy House will aid them in education, nutrition, housing, prenatal care, Bible study, counseling and job skills for sustainable living."
Fair Trade Friday is a ministry of Mercy House. It is the implementation of teaching these girls "job skills for sustainable living". The mission is to empower women, instead of enabling them, to find value in creating something of high quality and earning the rewards of their labor. 100% of the proceeds go back to the artisans.

Fair Trade means "the products are created by artisans in fair working conditions who were being paid a fair wage." Basically, children aren't working in sweatshops to create these items. So you can buy and even give these items as gifts with a clear conscience.

There are several different ways to support Fair Trade Friday.

First, there is the Fair Trade Friday Club. It's basically where you pay a fee and receive a box of handmade pieces of jewelry. You can either try out one box or sign up for a subscription where you would receive a box every month until you unsubscribe. The one box option is $35 plus $10 shipping. The monthly subscription is $31.99 monthly until you unsubscribe.

Each box includes 3-4 unique fair trade items, a signature one of a kind handmade bag, a product card telling about each of the items in the box and the artisan who made them, and a gift tag in case you want to give something (or everything) from the box as a gift.

Second, you can join the Earring of the Month Club. This is actually a new option. It's like the original subscription box but with just earrings. You can decide how many pairs you would like to receive a month. And then you can give them as gifts or wear them and tell all your friends where you got them so they can get some too! This options starts at $11.99.

Thirdly, you can host a Mercy or Fair Trade Friday party. Basically you gather your family and friends together, share the story of Mercy House and Fair Trade Friday and invite them to support impoverished women all over the globe. 100% of the proceeds STILL goes to the artisans. If you are interested in this options click on this link to get more info.

Here are some things to keep in mind, I am not being financially compensated for telling you about this. Being on the Fair Trade Friday Blogging Team is a privilege and is totally voluntary. I have not and will not ever be receiving money or payment for sharing about Mercy House or Fair Trade Friday. 100% of the proceeds goes to the artisans. This is not a direct sales thing like Pampered Chef or Avon.

If you have any question please feel free to ask!!

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