Hello! We just got back from a trip to Florida for Thanksgiving, and truly enjoyed the time unplugged from our phones, emails, and to do lists. But, we are back, and life is in full throttle once again! We don't really like Black Friday, but we did go out and support Small Business Saturday, and there is an even better event coming up for your Christmas shopping that we wanted to let you know about. Velocity-the cafe we roast at is having a Fair Trade Market on December 10th. Come and make your gift purchases count!!
“When a million consumers start shopping with their conscience, they shift the economics of the market." ~ David Batstone, co-founder of Not for Sale.
Purchase holiday gifts this season that enhance the lives of others at a one-day special Fair Trade Market, hosted at Velocity Bike and Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike in Florence, KY. The event is set for noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.
In His Image Designs will be there featuring handmade items representing more than a dozen companies providing Fair Trade and Made -By-Survivor products. Northern Kentucky resident Reegan Hill of In His Image Designs has opened this business to support artisans who are survivors of human trafficking and prostitution, as well as those who are at risk because of poverty.
iSanctuary jewelry & Christmas ornaments from Mumbai, India, Freeset bags from Kolkata,India Bead for Life recycled paper jewelry made in Uganda StopStart recycled bags from Cambodia byTavi handbags & wallets from Cambodia PUNJAMMIES~ adorable pants made by women working with the International Princess Project in India.
NomiNetwork wallets from Cambodia
Also available: An amazing assortment of Fair Trade jewelry, handbags, journals, scarves and accessories handmade by artisans in India, Uganda & Guatemala.
Every purchase benefits the artisan who made the item. Learn more about modern-day slavery from Reegan, who has visited several of the businesses in foreign countries where survivors are healing and learning new trades.
Also, support the Kids of Cascabel orphanage in Nicaragua with purchases made from Flutemaker Ministries. Items include ornaments, computer bags, purses and more. (this is the ministry we support) Enjoy a hot cup of fair trade coffee from Carabello Coffee, or pick up a bag for your holiday brewing!
Thanks to Mark and Lisa Ball of Velocity who make this great event possible in their warm and wonderful space!
Questions? Contact Nancy Caine at 513-474-1159
In other news-we really want to be able to take socks and underwear to the kids at the orphanage this Christmas. I know it doesn't sound like a gift you or I might want to recieve under the tree, but these are items that are hard for them to have enough of! If you are interested in donating money (five bucks helps!) towards us purchasing these for them, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We really want to bless these children!