The second annual International Fair Trade Sale will be held at the Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park, on Friday, September 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at 2944 Erie Ave., corner of Erie and Paxton.

By purchasing unique, handcrafted fair-trade items, shoppers can help lift people out of poverty around the globe. One of last year’s visitors described the event as “…so much fun! So many beautiful treasures from all over the world.”

Beautiful housewares from around the world. Photos by Krista DeVaul

The International Fair Trade Sale features hundreds of products made by artisans from Asia, Africa, South America and Central America who are paid a fair wage for their work. 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; Silk Road Textiles, International; Ten Thousand Villages, International; Village Artisan, India.

These volunteers and vendors represent Fair Trade and Direct Trade organizations throughout the developing world. Fair Trade empowers people through fair wages, education and a healthy work environment. Fair Trade is an independent, third party certification organization working in partnership with more than 1.5 million producers in developing countries. Its mission is to secure decent working conditions, fair prices, and better terms of trade.

Goods are exchanged based on principles of economic and social justice. Every person involved in production is treated fairly. In addition to a fair wage, workers have access to clean, safe facilities and health care. Fair Trade protects and supports local communities where products are made and helps them become sustainable. Fair Trade upholds children’s rights to security, education and play; child labor is never used in production. It also enhances and improves the lives of artisans and empowers women and the disadvantaged.

Some proceeds from the event will benefit El Hogar Projects, four Episcopal schools that serve impoverished children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

For more information, please contact Missy Darling at and “like” the Hyde Park Fair Trade Sale Facebook page.

Submitted by Christine Andrew, Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park (Cincinnati)