Fair Trade Friday is a monthly subscription that is committed to empowering women around the world. By providing women with jobs and an outlet through which they can distribute their goods, Fair Trade Friday helps women overcome poverty.
Fair Trade Friday operates three different subscriptions: the original box that includes 3-4 surprise items each month; the bracelet of the month box that includes 1 bracelet each month and the earring of the month box that includes one pair of earrings each month. All items in each of the different boxes are fairly traded. This review covers the earring of the month box for November.
I love the motto of this subscription:
Change the world.
Look good doing it.
This box is a ministry of Mercy House Global, an organization dedicated to engaging, empowering and discipling women around the world. Mercy House Global partners with 42 faith-based organizations in 24 countries worldwide to bring their vision to life. This month, they partnered with Caring for Korah and Papillon Enterprise in developing and distributing the items found in their earring of the month club.
The earrings were hand made in Haiti by a woman working with Papillon Enterprise.
I love these earrings ($25)! Made from metal, varnish and recycled paper, these gorgeous earrings are an environmentally conscious choice. I never would have guessed the red beads were made from recycled, rolled up paper.
In addition to the earrings themselves, I received a lovely, soft cotton pouch for storing them. The pouch was produced by Caring for Korah.
Caring for Korah is an organization that is dedicated to helping families and children in Korah, a growing, impoverished community on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Through their partnership with All Children Deserve Opportunity, Caring for Korah helps provide children in the community with an education, health care, proper nutrition and exposure to the Gospel.
The cotton used to produce this pouch was processed by women in Ethiopia. After separating the cotton from the seed by hand, women use inzirts to render the cotton into yarn. Once the cotton thread is wound around the top part of an inzirt, called a kesem, the kesem is forwarded to weavers who use ground looms to produce fabric. This fabric is then cut and sewn together to produce lovely bags like the one showcased in this month’s box. I love this fabric! It’s soft and very beautiful.
I love that Fair Trade Friday includes a gift card with each purchase. That way, had I wanted to regift these earrings, I could easily, all while promoting Fair Trade Friday and its mission. Although I intend to keep and wear these earrings, I’m sure there will be some months where I’ll want to save them for Christmas gifts, and this is perfect for that!
I absolutely loved this installment of Fair Trade Friday’s Earring of the Month Club! I thought the earrings and the pouch were both gorgeous, and I loved reading about the artisans who produced them and the organizations that support them. I can’t wait to receive my next installment!