The gifts that I treasure most are those that are handmade. I love cards crafted by a loved one, a rug made by a local artisan, and fair trade goods. Fair Trade is defined as "an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries make better trading conditions and promote sustainability." I often seek out products that support the Fair Trade movement.
I was blessed enough to receive a handcrafted recycled paper bangle from BeadForLife. This nonprofit organizations goal is to inspire people to join their "BeadCircle" of connection. The BeadCircle helps women in Uganda to lift themselves out of poverty. Now I would like you to pay attention to that wording. This isn't a project where we throw money at the symptoms. BeadForLife actually gives these women the skills they need to sustain themselves. I am reminded here of the Chinese Proverb, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."
You can help this movement in so many ways. You can host a BeadParty, buy beads,
You can check out BeadForLife on their website, Facebook page, and twitter account to be a part of the BeadCircle. Something else that is pretty awesome is a chance to win a free trip to Africa through their Party to Safari sweepstakes.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a bangle to facilitate my review. I only recommend products that I enjoy and companies that I am proud to work with. All of the opinions in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.