Philanthropy Friday: World Fair Trade Day

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Full disclosure: I am an ambassador for both INDIGENOUS and Jolica and may receive credit towards their beautiful fair trade products if you make a purchase through this blog post.

World Fair Trade Day will happen on May 10, 2014, though there are events planned all around the world from May 3 – 18.

According to the World Fair Trade Resource Network, around 100,000 people will attend nearly 1,000 events around the U.S. and Canada alone to celebrate World Fair Trade Day. The goal is to promote fair trade and campaign for trade justice with farmers, workers and artisans.

Because I am a huge fan of buying fair trade as a way to shop with a conscience, I thought I would share two specific ways to get involved for World Fair Trade Day.

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A full 25% of online purchases from Jolica between May 1 and May 15 will help pay for scholarships for girls to attend the Anita Milan International Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Every $100 raised will send a girl to school for one year. This school is operated by Get Paper Industries, the organization in Kathmandu that supplies the packaging for Jolica’s beautiful products.

If you are not familiar with Jolica, the company offers a range of fair trade-sourced jewelry and accessories including sterling silver jewelry, fused glass jewelry, silk scarves, and leather handbags. You can read past posts I’ve written about Jolica or visit my Pinterest board of favorite Jolica products. If you shop via my Jolica ambassador website, you will also receive an additional 10% off your order! (You can also find out how to set up your own ambassador website HERE.)

The purchase of any fair trade product enables an artisan to earn a living, provide a safe home for their family, have access to health care and education, and experience the dignity of honorable work.

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Like Jolica, I have also written about INDIGENOUS. INDIGENOUS specializes in organic, fair trade and ethical fashion. If the above oath sounds like something you want to be involved with, then you might want to look into their ambassador program.

INDIGENOUS recently revamped their ambassador program where ambassadors now get a $50 gift certificate to their website for every 5 points they earn. (If you’ve shopped their website, you’ll understand what an amazing incentive this is!) Ambassadors earn points through sharing blog entries and other news about Indigenous directly to your social network. Sign up for the program here and tell them I sent you!

How will you celebrate World Fair Trade Day?

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  1. says

    It’s really amazing that $100 will pay for an entire year of school! It’s amazing how little to us is so much to them. Love Jolica. haven’t been following them too closely lately – maybe after all this insanity dies down! Happy Friday girlfriend!
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  2. says

    When I was traveling around South America I tried to make sure the items I purchased were giving the artists a fair salary (plus you can really tell the difference in quality!). I think my favorite was buying fresh-grown coffee directly from a small coffee farmer in Colombia! These are wonderful site, I will definitely look into them when I need to purchase a present, they have beautiful items.
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