Have you heard of those beauty box services where you get a box of sample-size goodies in the mail once a month for a flat fee? It's a happy surprise every few weeks! Now I know of one that not only is a regular delight to receive, but also supports the actual artisans and empowers women in impoverished nations.
Fair Trade Friday is a monthly box with 3-5 handmade items that come from artisans all over the world. You can buy the membership for $32/month and the boxes will start arriving regularly, OR you can buy just one box to try it out or to give as an (awesome) gift.
Now, for those of us who love jewelry in particular or who would like to support at a lower price point, there's an Earring of the Month club. Each month, a beautiful set of earrings coming from places all over the world and in all different styles, arrives on your doorstep monthly for just $12.
This is a great program that supports art and women, with 100% of the profits going back to the artists themselves. You can cancel your membership at any time.
This, from the women in India who made this month's tassel earrings:
“Our items are made by some of the most marginalized and oppressed people in the world – individuals with leprosy, disability, those who have grown up begging on the streets, former prostitutes, former addicts. Just one month of Fair Trade Friday’s purchases employed at least 70 of our artisans for over a month. We need more partners like Fair Trade Friday in order for this work to continue to be sustainable. We pray that this partnership grows.” Joyn, India
Along with my earrings I got a little note with the signatures of the women who printed the material, and who wove and stitched the earrings.
The Earring of the Month club has been so popular that there is a currently a waitlist to participate. Go ahead and sign up now, they're letting new people into the club every month. You can still sign up for the Fair Trade Friday boxes.
**Fair Trade Friday provided me with one pair of earrings to tell me about their program, but this post was not compensated. All opinions are my own.