An artisan market promoting fair trade while building relationships
Mission: Women at Risk, International unites and educates to create circles of protection around those at risk through culturally sensitive, value-added iintervention projects.
We are a 501 © (3) nonprofit charitable organization, established to create circles of protection around those at risk. Through culturally sensitive,, value-added intervention projects and partnerships, we provide safe places ot heal from abuse, trafficking, exploitation, an dmore. Our passion is to empower survivors to live and work with dignity and hope.
Our programs and partnerships span the globe, reaching over 40 countries, including the United States. Each month, additional projects and parnerships are formed, increasing our ability to offer the rescued and at-risk a “hand-up” instead of a handout.
Mission: At Greenheart Shop, we do business a little bit differently. We go out of our way to source products and curate a collection that does as little harm as possible - to people, communities, and the environment. All of the products we sell are fair trade, eco-friendly, or carry a social mission. They are made by skilled artisans from as far away as Tunisia and as close to home as North Lawndale. Each product carries a story of the artisan who lovingly made it, the community where the materials originated, or the centuries-old methods used to produce it. We invite you to browse our site and learn more about the story behind each product we carry.
Greenheart Shop is a branch of Greenheart International, a Chicago-based organization that connects people and planet to create global leaders through personal development, volunteer service, environmentalism, fair trade, and cultural exchange. See below and learn how the Greenheart Shop contributed last year with Greenheart International in making the world a better place.
Mission: Grain of Rice Project is a non-profit organization that empowers Kenyans through education and training initiative in Jesus’ name. We recently launched Grain of Rice Academy, a primary school that provides high quality, hands-on learning within a Christian context to children in need. Additionally, we support over 20 artisans from both the village and others who started with us in Kibera Slum. Artisans create handcrafted products that help them to earn a living wage and support their families.
Mission: We are a fair-trade project working directly with female artisans in Huaycan, Lima, Peru. We locally source the finest Peruvian textiles to produce timeless handmade garments and accessories. We provide safe working conditions, fair wages for work and support to the Light and Leadership Initiative’s cause of free, high quality and accessible education for Huaycan families.
Mission: We practice fair-trade by following the guidelines established by the Fair Trade Federation
Paying fair wages in local context;
Supporting participatory workplaces;
Ensuring environmental sustainability;
Supplying financial and technical support;
Respecting cultural identity;
Offering public accountability; and,
Mission: TerraKlay is a social enterprise, committed to connecting entrepreneurial-minded artisans, with limited resources, from small communities in India to a more vibrant global market. Working directly with artisans, TerraKlay brings a curated line of home goods and décor that are elegant, sustainable, ethical. It is built on the idea that refined living does not have to come at the cost of hurting the people or the planet.
Mission: Blossom Inspirations is a Fair Trade company working directly with Peruvian artisans and their communities based on a circular economy model to produce toys, home décor and women accessories. Products are eco-friendly and produced by the principles of Fair Trade.
Mission: The global fair-trade movement began with the founding of Ten Thousand Villages more than 60 years ago through the visionary work of Edna Ruth Byler, a pioneering businesswoman. Byler was struck by the overwhelming poverty she witnessed during a trip to Puerto Rico in 1946, where she was moved to take action. The seminal contribution of Byler ignited a global movement to eradicate poverty through market-based solutions. Ten Thousand Villages in Glen Ellyn, IL, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.
Mission: SUSU works with the indigenous women of the ethnic Colombian Wayúu group. The beautiful and colorful patterns are handmade by expert knitters using a single string technique. Every knitted pattern has a woman, a family and a real-life story behind it. A standard sized bag takes around 40 hours of work from a knitter. SUSU Accessories promotes a sustainable lifestyle for nearly 600 Wayúu knitters and their families, while forging strong bonds in the communities where we work.
Mission: KOLUNTU means “community” in Shosa, a national language of South Africa. We source all products in South Africa from like-minded organizations who live by the Fair Trade principles and can trace all materials to ensure they are sustainably farmed and ethically sourced. We and our suppliers apply all Fair Trade guidelines including paying of a fair price, ensuring no child/forced labor, good working conditions and the promotion of Fair Trade. When you purchase form us, you make a difference in the lives of women and their children and become a part of their community.
Mission: We are a Chicago-based woman-owned business with a mission to showcase high quality Colombian craftsmanship by collaborating with master artisans who preserve & strengthen the diverse cultures of Colombia. Tulia’s Artisan Gallery uses fair trade principles while collaborating with our artisan partners, most of whom are indigenous and Afro-Colombians internally displaced in Colombia. At least 5% of each sale is given back to the Maach Den Foundation in Colombia.
Mission: We were formed to increase economic opportunity for women in Cambodia and to support organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia. Our fair trade fashion products are made by small social enterprises that employ talented artisans in Cambodia. Through these partnerships, we connect makers to Western markets, expanding their access to sustainable income and safe and dignified working conditions. We also strive to assist survivors of human trafficking by donating to organizations working to fight trafficking in Cambodia and the US.
Mission: Tree of Life Imports was founded in 1989 during El Salvador’s civil war as a means to bring the art of La Palma to the American market. Since then, we have focused our attention on several Latin American communities to help provide equal opportunity for all to work, including women and the rural poor. All of our products are handmade by artisans in El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. Tree of Life is committed to fair trade and economic justice. We pay a fair price that has allowed our producers to increase their standard of living.
Mission: JUST HAITI, Inc. is a faith-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to an alternative way of doing business in which the wealth that is generated through Haitian resource development or the sale of Haitian products is retained by the producers in Haiti. JUST HAITI, Inc. focuses on the poorest communities of Haiti, transforming both the consumer and producer through a just and dignified relationship.
Mission: We are named after a social worker in Chimbote, Peru. When we started Fair Anita in 2015, few people were talking about violence against women, and we knew we wanted to be a resource for survivors, both the silenced and outspoken. We learned that financial insecurity is the #1 reason why women stay in abusive partnerships, so we started Fair Anita with this in mind, staying grounded in supporting women’s resiliency and lessons from Anita. We continue on our journey to play our role in building a world that’s better for women and their communities. We work with women in nine countries. Fair Anita’s Minneapolis-based team designs jewelry, tees, and accessories. Products are made in fair trade workshops by talented female artisans who earn 2-4 times the minimum wage, along with health insurance and education stipends.
Mission: In 2015, SORA Products was formed in partnership with two Filipina friends. SORA Products is a Chicago Fair Trade local business which provides the market for our SORA artisans in two communities in the Philippines. It is giving them enough income to help provide for their children’s basic needs, plus family medical, education, and home improvement income. We are seeing these talented women’s lives transformed by the opportunity to bring their products to the marketplace.
Mission: Artfully hand-poured by the young moms in our paid job training program, each Bright Endeavors candle lights the way toward strong families and bright futures. Through the 16-week paid program, Production Assistants are in control of setting and pursuing professional and personal goals. Together, we can partner with these incredible moms as they embark on their parenting and career journeys. Shop our candles where 100% of proceeds support our mission to empower young moms, their kids, and our communities.
Mission: Trades of Hope helps women live the lives they were created to live. For women abroad who are rising out of poverty, that means giving them the opportunity to provide food, education and health care for their families, inviting them into a community where they feel valued, and presenting a path to live up to their fullest potential. For women in the US, it provides something similar: Community with like-minded friends, earning an income while making an impact, and an avenue to provide for her family with her family.