Thursday, November 6, 2008

Buy a gift, help a family across the world!

Everything about my consumer views changed when I was introduced to serrv international back when I worked for St. Mary's and we sponsored the Work of Human Hands Christmas sale every year. Serrv international is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating poverty wherever it resides. They work in cooperation with Catholic Relief Services and other Christian non profit organizations.

By purchasing these lovely, handmade gifts from these talented artisans, we are able to bring hope to families all across the world by providing them the opportunity to have sustainable work to support themselves and break the cycle of poverty!!!! How is THAT for making a difference that matters????

There are nativity sets, handmade linens for the house, bags, woven baskets, kitchenware, handmade soaps and candles, jewelry, toys and fair trade chocolate, tea and coffee. You can browse their online catalog, or visit St. Mary's for the sale this year (I'll find out when it's happening and post soon!) You can find a TON of information on their site - meet the artisans, request a catalog, find out how to sponsor a sale...and much more!

Here is a description from their website:

Your purchases give you the chance to have a direct impact on our global market’s great injustices: the inequality in income and quality of life for people living in developing countries. With your help, SERRV becomes a powerful tool for putting right the imbalance in the world.

Our work encompasses more than just buying and selling.
We offer prepayments so our partners can sustain their business.
Create new designs so they can build their markets.
Teach new skills so they can develop their craft.
Provide grants so they can expand their resources.

We support equal rights for women.
Guide sustainable development.
And of course, pay a fair wage.

For 60 years, we have worked on behalf of the world’s Artisans and Farmers. One of the first alternative trade organizations in the world, SERRV is a founding member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) and a member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF).

SERRV with us and craft an experience that will reward every person it touches, and build a sustainable style of life that’ll be enriching for us all.

1 comment:

  1. The St Mary's sale is always the first weekend of December. So this year it will be Dec 6 and 7th. There is traditionally always a lot going on this weekend. The parade, the Christmas show at the Brazos Center, etc..., but making time for the Work of Human Hands Sale is well worth it. Going early is best to have the largest selection. There are items from right here in the US, also to help help some of the Women's projects.