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12 Gifts for $12 That Empower the True Gift of Giving!

by | Artisans

The true gift of the holiday season is experienced through giving.

Why not give gifts that make an impact in the fight against poverty & human trafficking?

This holiday season, you can shop Trades of Hope jewelry, accessories, fashions, home décor, and gifts with confidence – knowing that our Artisan partners have committed to make our products in agreement with fair-trade principles. Our Artisan partners are paid their full asking price – up front – before we even market their products for sale. So you can be sure that the Artisan who made your product will never pay the price for your amazing Black Friday deal… or any amazing sale you enjoy through Trades of Hope!

Today, we’re offering you 12 amazing new gift ideas for only $12 each! These ethically made gifts provide safe jobs with fair wages in areas of extreme poverty where women are vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking. Every purchase supports and empowers the Artisan who makes your product. Meet the Artisans who make today’s exclusive Trades of Hope – 12 for $12 Each – Black Friday designs – WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Meet the Artisan – Shaheen’s Story of Hope

Shaheen lives and works alongside her father and other members of their family in their small family workshop in India. The men of Shareen’s family are experienced welders who weld together the wire letters the women bend to spell “J- O – Y”! Their family used to work in the open, under a canvas. Now, the income they’ve earned through this Artisan community has made it possible for Shaheen’s father to renovate their home and transform their workshop into an ideal fair-trade workshop with fair wages and Artisan benefits.

As a college student with a very active social life, Shaheen works part-time in her family’s workshop, bending wire and carefully checking the spelling of the words of each bowl. She hopes to one day teach the children in her village!

Meet the Artisan – Darkhaha’s Story of Hope

Darkhaha grew up in a small town in northern India. In her community, most parents encourage their daughters to drop out of school early and marry young. Because of her family’s traditional views of women, she was only allowed to attend school for nine years. In spite of her local culture’s resistance to women working, Darkhaha discovered a local Artisan community where she could earn an income weaving scarves at home.

Determined to help her younger sister overcome her culture’s discrimination against women and finish school, Darkhaha continued to weave 6 – 8 scarves a day to purchase a mobile phone for her sister, so she could take classes online. Every purchase of our Shanti Scarf empowers a woman in India, like Darkhaha, to overcome discrimination and become financially independent.

Meet the Artisan – Darkhaha’s Story of Hope

Darkhaha grew up in a small town in northern India. In her community, most parents encourage their daughters to drop out of school early and marry young. Because of her family’s traditional views of women, she was only allowed to attend school for nine years. In spite of her local culture’s resistance to women working, Darkhaha discovered a local Artisan community where she could earn an income weaving scarves at home.

Determined to help her younger sister overcome her culture’s discrimination against women and finish school, Darkhaha continued to weave 6 – 8 scarves a day to purchase a mobile phone for her sister, so she could take classes online. Every purchase of our Shanti Scarf empowers a woman in India, like Darkhaha, to overcome discrimination and become financially independent.

Meet the Artisan – Shabana’s Story of Hope

My life was very bad as I come from slums where everyday life was struggle. I felt hopeless. Working with this Artisan community has made my life better. Now, I feel relieved. I feel very happy here. I can support my family and my aging mother – even after marriage – and I would not have been able to do this without a proper job and fair-trade wages. I want to save money, move to a better place to live, and continue to support my mother.

Trades of Hope orders are helping many Artisans in my Artisan community! Since working with Trades of Hope, I’ve become more confident and positive about life. Better food, better medical help, and better things for my family! I can support for my family!

Meet the Artisan – Mamta’s Story of Hope

I live with my husband and two children. I became a Trades of Hope Artisan through commitment and practicing. I also can’t leave out the help and support I received from my husband! Since becoming an Artisan, I can live more peacefully because of the fair wages I’m paid. Trades of Hope and my Artisan community help us in many ways. Besides providing our basic needs, our Artisan community pays our children’s school fees and helped us a lot during India’s lockdown.

I can’t really picture life without my work, but I’d probably be like a fish out of water! I remember working on each and every item. The day-to-day learning makes me happy and creates fond memories. But, if I had to choose my favorite memory, it would be the first leather band I made for my Artisan community. Since it was a new design, I worked on it for a long time. I love my daily work. Having something to do that provides for my family is the best blessing I could receive.

Meet the Artisan – Mamta’s Story of Hope

I live with my husband and two children. I became a Trades of Hope Artisan through commitment and practicing. I also can’t leave out the help and support I received from my husband! Since becoming an Artisan, I can live more peacefully because of the fair wages I’m paid. Trades of Hope and my Artisan community help us in many ways. Besides providing our basic needs, our Artisan community pays our children’s school fees and helped us a lot during India’s lockdown.

I can’t really picture life without my work, but I’d probably be like a fish out of water! I remember working on each and every item. The day-to-day learning makes me happy and creates fond memories. But, if I had to choose my favorite memory, it would be the first leather band I made for my Artisan community. Since it was a new design, I worked on it for a long time. I love my daily work. Having something to do that provides for my family is the best blessing I could receive.

Meet the Artisan – Shobha’s Story of Hope

I was interested when I saw my neighbors making embroidered pieces. So, I learned from these Artisans who are skilled in traditional decorative Indian embroidery. Since I became an Artisan, we have a better income and more stability in our lives. We have enough food to survive and are eating better quality food now. Our children are also able to go to better schools. I want that my children have a better education and life than we had.

Life would be very difficult without this work. I’m happy that I can earn money and we have enough food to survive. Thankfully, we’ve also been able to build a small house in the last few years, so now we have our own home! Regular work is the most important need for us to survive in these difficult times. We are thankful to Trades of Hope for giving us work.

Meet the Artisan – Erica’s Story of Hope

Erica grew up in a family of Artisans in Southern Mexico, including her grandparents, uncles, aunts, parents, cousins! “My grandmother taught me everything I know and through her, I learned everything she knows! She taught me about amber – how it’s energetic and how to find the most interesting and beautiful pieces.

I love being an Artisan! Every piece I make, I do it with lots of love and dedication. I hope that the people who buy my creations love them and know that this work changes my life for the better, my son’s life, and my family’s lives.” – Erica, Artisan in Mexico

Meet the Artisan – Erica’s Story of Hope

Erica grew up in a family of Artisans in Southern Mexico, including her grandparents, uncles, aunts, parents, cousins! “My grandmother taught me everything I know and through her, I learned everything she knows! She taught me about amber – how it’s energetic and how to find the most interesting and beautiful pieces.

I love being an Artisan! Every piece I make, I do it with lots of love and dedication. I hope that the people who buy my creations love them and know that this work changes my life for the better, my son’s life, and my family’s lives.” – Erica, Artisan in Mexico

Meet the Artisan – Shahnaz’s Story of Hope

I learned my Artisan skills after my father died. All of us had to do something to keep our household running. I started as a helper. My first job as a stitching Artisan was here at this workshop. Now that I’m married, I use my income to maintain my home’s condition – getting doors and roofs repaired – and definitely saving for my daughter’s education!

Consistent work and not being worried about where my next month’s salary will come from is the greatest security for someone like me. During India’s lockdown, our workshop distributed food packets in our community. It wasn’t just for the Artisans. It was for the entire community! That’s what makes us feel proud being a part of the group where we have good companies like Trades of Hope that give us a sense of security.

Meet the Artisan – Rebeca’s Story of Hope

I’ve been working with beads since I was 9 years old. My mom taught me as a child because we were very poor, and I needed to help to feed our family. I was taken out of school in 2nd grade, even though I loved it, to help work and help my mom with my brothers and sisters.

Working with Trades of Hope gives me freedom and power to do what I need to do for my family. I have a lot of health problems and working with you enables me to go to the doctor when I need to and buy medicine I need to stay healthy. We now have three kids and I’m working hard to keep them in school, studying and learning, so they have a better life than I did.

Meet the Artisan – Rebeca’s Story of Hope

I’ve been working with beads since I was 9 years old. My mom taught me as a child because we were very poor, and I needed to help to feed our family. I was taken out of school in 2nd grade, even though I loved it, to help work and help my mom with my brothers and sisters.

Working with Trades of Hope gives me freedom and power to do what I need to do for my family. I have a lot of health problems and working with you enables me to go to the doctor when I need to and buy medicine I need to stay healthy. We now have three kids and I’m working hard to keep them in school, studying and learning, so they have a better life than I did.

Meet the Artisan – Sheeba’s Story of Hope

Sheeba’s Story of Hope

We live in a small village where many families live a simple life. There is no infrastructure yet and the majority of people have an orthodox mindset. It was due to the good reputation of this workshop and the coordinator being a female that my family allowed me to work here. We have better life now. We are eating better quality food now. Our lives have become more stable.

 It’s difficult to imagine life without work now, as my fellow artisans have become like a family. Spending quality time with them and making jewelry gives me immense happiness! It taught me that women should become self-dependent and be a contributor in the family. Without regular work, this would not be possible.

Meet the Artisan – Mosmeen’s Story of Hope

I was married off at a very young age to a man from another village. This is the tradition in our village. When the girls become teenagers, they are married off by their parents for a better life. The girls have no say. Sadly, some years later, my husband deserted me. I was left alone with my three children and no security or dignity.

Now I’m happy that I’ve become independent. We have our dignity and economic security. All three of my children can go to school, and I’m also able to support other female Artisans in my village.

Meet the Artisan – Mosmeen’s Story of Hope

I was married off at a very young age to a man from another village. This is the tradition in our village. When the girls become teenagers, they are married off by their parents for a better life. The girls have no say. Sadly, some years later, my husband deserted me. I was left alone with my three children and no security or dignity.

Now I’m happy that I’ve become independent. We have our dignity and economic security. All three of my children can go to school, and I’m also able to support other female Artisans in my village.

Meet the Artisan – Lan’s Story of Hope

After my husband died, I was left with nothing. My cousin, who runs a massage parlor, offered me a job. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but having nowhere else to go, I stayed. I did what I had to in order to provide for my son and family.

This spring, Artisan outreach teams visited me in the brothel. When COVID-19 broke out in our city, business was bad, and neighborhoods were locked down. The Artisan outreach teams still found a way to visit me and deliver care packages with essential items like masks and hand sanitizer. They invited me to leave the brothel and join their Artisan community. So many times, I’d tried to find a way to escape life in the brothels, but there seemed to be no way out. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to rebuild my life again.

Meet the Artisan – Asha’s Story of Hope

Asha is married with two sons who are currently attending college. She works in this workshop to help meet her family’s household expenses and provide toward their tuition fees with the help of her oldest son.

Asha’s job at this workshop allows her to work reasonable hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each workday, so she can still enjoy time caring for her home and family. She wants to continue to work as a fair-trade Artisan and earn income until her sons establish their careers.

Meet the Artisan – Asha’s Story of Hope

Asha is married with two sons who are currently attending college. She works in this workshop to help meet her family’s household expenses and provide toward their tuition fees with the help of her oldest son.

Asha’s job at this workshop allows her to work reasonable hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each workday, so she can still enjoy time caring for her home and family. She wants to continue to work as a fair-trade Artisan and earn income until her sons establish their careers.

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Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communications Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan advocacy.

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