Saturday, November 22, 2008

Two great fair trade shopping opportunities!

There are TWO event coming up that will help you check off some of your holiday shopping needs while support great organizations and producers. Playgrounds for Palestine - Madison will be selling fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil, and olive oil soap.


Sunday, Nov. 23 - Fair-Trade Christmas Sale
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
1501 Gilbert Road, Madison, in the Church's Friendship Hall. (A complete list of vendors and products is below)


Saturday, December 6, from 9 am to 4 pm
Community action on Latin American (CALA) sponsors the
12th Annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival
at Monona Terrace!

Bigger and better than ever!

Find the perfect unique gift while you support fair trade producers
around the world.

Fair Trade seeks to shorten the path between you and the artist who makes your gift, so the artist can make a living wage and you can know they receive the largest possible portion of the purchase price.

Shop a wide selection of art, crafts, clothing, home decorations,
pottery, weavings, food gifts, and more. International fair trade
products will be available from Mexico and Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

New for 2008: Domestic Fair Trade products made in Wisconsin and throughout the country, with the goal of supporting sustainable small businesses and family farms. Domestic fair trade products will include cheese, maple syrup, honey, sausage, granola, wool products and more.

For more information (including list of items for sale) visit


Fair-Trade Christmas Sale
ORUCC is sponsoring a Fair-Trade Christmas Sale where you will find unusual and beautiful gifts and holiday items. Proceeds go to organizations that help people around the world to be self-sustaining.

List of Vendors and items:
SERRV promotes social and economic justice by marketing hand-crafted items in a just and direct way. They will offer a wide selection including jewelry, Christmas decorations, baskets, carved animals, musical instruments, food, and toys.

GLOBAL REFLECTIONS offers hand-painted mirrors, ornaments and pottery from Mexico and Guatemala. Sales of these beautiful pieces provide a sustainable livelihood for the artisans.

CHIRIPA sells exquisite hand-hammered copper vases, bowls and other ornaments and also offers hand painted wooden animal from Oaxaca, Mexico, jewelry, ceramics, rugs and other artisan crafts from the Americas.

TERRA EXPERIENCE specializes in ethnic doll clothes, hand-woven in South and Central America, and also sells clothing, books and art. Sales support local artisans and sustainable development for their communities.

VILLAGE HEALTH PROJECT focuses on public health in Uganda. They will offer paper beads made by Ugandan women.

PLAYGROUNDS FOR PALESTINE raises funds to build a playground for children of the Jenin Regugee Camp. Items include coffee, olive oil, soap, spices, teas, chocolate.

DOERS offers humanitarian aid to victims of war, poverty, oppression and natural disaster. They will be selling books and handmade Afghan blankets, pillows and jewelry to support that country's refugees.

MADISON-RAFAH SISTER CITY PROJECT builds relationships in order to improve living conditions in Palestine. Items offered include embroidery, olive oil, soap and calendars.

VENUS IMPORTS markets hand-made clothing from Nepal as well as artisan crafted jewelry, musical instruments and other exceptional gift items.

HEIFER PROJECT provides the chance to buy shares of farm animals, trees, fish and honey bees for impoverished rural families so they can produce their own food and a livelihood.

MASAII HANDCRAFTS from Kenya sent by Pastor Benson Kishoyian who works directly with the artisans and was a global exchange preacher with ORUCC several years ago

TUPENDANE COTTAGE INDUSTRY sells greeting cards handmade by African AIDS widows.

RHUMY WARA is raising money to build a clinic and provide school books in Ecuador. Crafts and weaving by local artisans will be available.

PORCHLIGHT provides housing for the homeless. They will be selling jams and sauces made locally.

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