Make a difference while shopping for unusual, international gifts at the International Fair Trade Sale at the Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park, on September 29-30. Come and shop for beautiful, handmade items from around the world! Hours are Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is at 2944 Erie Ave., corner of Erie and Paxton.

The sale features a diverse group of volunteers and vendors who represent Fair Trade and Direct Trade organizations throughout the developing world. Fair Trade empowers people through fair wages, education and a healthy work environment.

Vendors include Bead for Life, It’s Only Fair, Ten Thousand Villages, and many more. Some proceeds from the event will benefit El Hogar Projects, four Episcopal schools which serve impoverished children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Your purchases will be unique, and they will help lift people out of poverty.

The food truck from La Soupe, an award winning non-profit which feeds the hungry in greater Cincinnati, will provide refreshments both days.  For more information please contact Cheryl at Cheryl.hpredeemer@gmail.com and Like the International Fair Trade Sale Facebook page.

The variety of vendors includes:  Alpacas of the Covenant – Peru, Amani Ya Juu – Kenya, Bead for Life – East Africa, Cascabel Collective – Nicaragua, Censudi – Ghana, Flutemaker Ministries – Nicaragua, India Designs – India,  It’s Only Fair—International, JOYN – India, Kenyan Wood – Kenya, Ten Thousand Villages – International, Village Artisan – India, La Soupe—Cincinnati.

Fair Trade means that the exchange of goods is done in a way that ensures every person involved in making of the products is treated ‘fairly.’  They are paid a fair wage, have access to clean and safe facilities, and health care.  The product they produce will be exchanged based on the principles of economics and social justice.

Fair Trade also upholds children’s rights to security, education and play.  It ensures that there is never child labor used in production.  It protects and supports local communities where products are made and helps them become sustainable.  In addition, it enhances and improves the lives of artists; it empowers women and the disadvantaged.

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