HandCrafting Justice provides fair-trade merchandise | TheUnion.com

HandCrafting Justice provides fair-trade merchandise

Imagine shopping for a personalized gift for a special someone knowing that you were also empowering a woman from an impoverished country who hand made something beautiful, useful and unique.

The seventh annual HandCrafting Justice Marketplace will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 10-11 and 17-18, at Foothill Flowers, 102 W. Main St. in Grass Valley HandCrafting Justice provides access to Fair Trade markets for unique, handmade goods created by enterprising women in the developing world working to lift themselves and their family out of poverty.

HandCrafting Justice was created by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd as a nonprofit fair trade, economic justice project that works mainly with women in 20 developing countries located in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Eileen Jorgensen, owner of The Magic Carpet in downtown Nevada City, is part of a team of volunteers who bring this project to our community.

“My sister, who has been a Good Shepherd Sister for 50 years, founded this import business to ensure empowerment to some of the poorest woman in the world,” Jorgensen said. “These unique desirable goods often represent the genius of these indigenous woman who strive for economic justice. Please support their efforts.”

HandCrafting Justice is non-denominational and non-governmental whose mission is to promote income-generating projects that create an entrepreneurial spirit among the most disadvantaged segments of our global society by inspiring and then marketing the products derived from their innate artistic genius.

African women weave basketry, the women in Madagascar embroider, Mexican women bead, the Sri Lankas women make paper and the women of Philippines sew colorful silk and quilted bags, Jorgensen said.

The most popular items are the soft cotton topsy-turvy dolls made by the woman in the Philippines. This collection of fairy tale characters comes to life as you discover all the characters are cleverly revealed within the doll.

From unique cotton toys and décor to jewelry handbags and seasonal items, products are designed and handmade by thousands of skilled artisans in safe, clean, work sites located in countries around the globe.

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