Last Mother’s Day J.R. got me a membership to Fair Trade Friday’s “Earring of the Month” club. Each month I get a pair of earrings sent to me and each month it is a surprise – I have no idea what they will look like or where they will be from! I have received earrings from Kenya, Mozambique, India, Azerbaijan, Haiti, Guatemala, and Ethiopia. They come in a cute little bag like this:
Fair Trade Friday is part of Mercy House, a ministry dedicated to meeting spiritual and physical needs of women around the world.
“Mercy House exists to engage, empower and disciple women around the globe in Jesus’ name. Engage those with resources to say yes to the plight of women in poverty. Empower women and teenage mothers around the world through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development. Disciple women to be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.”
I LOVE the opportunity we have to support these women by purchasing their handmade goods. It really does help meet their physical needs, and the best part is Mercy House is gospel-centered so they are also hearing the good news.
As far as their products are concerned, I have loved every earring I have received. They are unique and very well-made. There was only one time I had a piece of an earring break, and they sent me a new one right away. Fair Trade Friday also has a bracelet of the month club and a FTF box that is full of fun goodies (soaps, home decor, etc). Mercy House has an online shop with many of these items that you can purchase without becoming part of a club. The items are reasonably priced and shipping is inexpensive. Before you do your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping, check out their website! You may be able to buy a gift for a friend while gifting someone else with income that helps put food on their table.
Here are a couple pics of some of the earrings I have received: