Purchasing Fair Trade and Alternative Gifts insures fair wages and dignity for vulnerable people around the world as they work to lift themselves out of poverty and other difficult situations. So, shop at our market and deepen your Christmas shopping experience and feel a renewed holiday spirit while finding beautiful and thoughtful gifts for those you love.  You just can’t go wrong!   

Conveniently pick up your purchases at St. Francis parking lot curbside
Pick up date/hours:
Saturday Dec 5 3:00 – 5:15pm, Sunday Dec 6,  10:30am – 12:00pm, 4:00 – 5:15 pm

For items purchased after Dec 4 at noon, regular shipping rates and procedures per vendor apply to all purchases.

We work with artisans who live in over 70 developing countries, giving them access to US markets for their handmade crafts.

Click Here to Visit: BULL CITY FAIR TRADE

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  • Our sales provide a source of fair pay that helps insure a living wage for thousands of people.
  • Our artisan partners and our store consider the impact on the planet as much as on people when developing and selling products.  We have made a commitment to the environment. We are big fans of Mother Earth!

As artisans from the Mukisa Twezimbe women’s group in Uganda, we create beautiful baskets, jewelry and textiles to support our families.

Click Here to Visit: THE MIGHTY RIVER PROJECT

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  • TMRP provides fair and steady monthly income, medical care, school sponsorship and mentoring for each artisan’s family.
  • Maria, one artisan, makes our line of beaded jewelry, giving second life to used paper by hand-rolling each bead into an upcycled treasure.
  • Rita makes vibrant textiles using bright, unique Ugandan fabrics using a foot-pedal-powered sewing machine.
  • Erinah is our only artisan who makes baskets using papyrus fiber.

We are a guild of 32 Mayan women from a small village in Guatemala who weave scarves by hand on a “back strap” loom, a long-standing tradition.

Click Here to Visit: PALA VILLAGE MARKET

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  • The village in the remote mountains of Guatemala is very poor.  The Mayan women are at the bottom level of the social structure.
  • Weaving scarves creates an economic opportunity the women would otherwise never have.  Being paid for their labor is a first-time experience.
  • Each scarf takes about 16 hours to create. The designs and color combinations are created by the weavers.

Just Neem helps people attain healthy and vibrant skin with natural plant-based products with our secret ingredient Neem! from the Neem tree of Mauritania, West Africa.

Click Here to Visit: JUSTNEEM

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  • We believe in our skincare products and our guarantee is simple.  Contact us anytime within 30 days of your first order for a full refund if you are not satisfied.
  • Our ingredients are all natural, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free (never tested on animals).
  • Our Neem is sourced directly from farmers in West Africa where we pay fair wages, follow sustainable farming practices and support the local community.
  • Our products are formulated and packaged in Cary, North Carolina where we created our first “Soap Kitchen.”

All  Lumago designs are created by women artisans. When you buy Lumago, you are not buying a mass produced item. You are investing in one-of-a-kind pieces of art. 

Click Here to Visit: LUMAGO DESIGNS

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  • Lumago empowers their women artisans through fair wages, transparency and decision-making in their craft, through which they can support their families.
  • Our jewelry is made from upcycled materials — paper from magazines, leather from purses, recycled bamboo and more.
  • Our materials are sourced locally so our sales support artisans as well as our community.

Farming families in West Begal, India have been weaving handloomed GumCha for over 2000 years, using 100% Indian cotton. Use your GumCha as a scarf, beach wrap, airplane cover, Covid face cover, yoga accessory, grocery bag, baby wrap, picnic/camping ground cover or table cloth, home decor accent, or a child’s floor cover for quick Lego cleanup. 

 

Click Here to Visit: GUMCHA4HEALTH

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  • GumCha4Health continues a nearly 40-year tradition of advancing self-sustaining, community-based health, maternal health and infant/child health models.
  • Each weaver creates their own design. Through generations, thousands of highly sophisticated, elegant and colorful patterns can be found in villages and towns.
  • With over 3,000 weavers, this work involves the whole family.  Looms are set up in the home so any time not spent on farm work can be spent weaving GumCha.

Leticia Alvarez is a Mexican artist whose love of her home and her roots are translated into art with traditional Mexican toys, “alebrijes,” religious images, and houses.  These express her remembrances and nostalgia for the Mexican she left behind.

Click Here to Visit: LA CASA DEL ARTE

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  • Letitia has numerous degrees from Mexico and the United States. She now lives with her family in Raleigh where she teaches art in her studio.
  • The artist offers classes for children to express their creativity while exploring different mediums such as acrylics, oil pastels, watercolors and paper mache.
  • She has participated in numerous exhibits and collaborated with organizations such as The COR Museum, The Museum of Life & Science and The NC Museum of Art.

Our soaps are made in Mymensingh, Bangladesh by 28 artisans who have escaped human trafficking and are now earning living wages in a safe working environment.

Click Here to Visit: 700 RIVERS

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  • With the rise of Covid-19, artisans now work from home sewing fabric face masks for children, teens and adults.  These will be donated to children’s orphanages and refugee camps.
  •  Our packaging is handmade by 28 women artisans in Feni, Bangladesh. The boxes are made from jute and are 100% biodegradable.
  • Thousands of women in Bangladesh are trapped in human trafficking because they do not have an education or job skills to support themselves. Our soap sales offer them a fresh start in life.

1 in every 28 children in the US has an incarcerated parent. An estimated 179,000 children in NC have experienced parental incarceration. Our Children’s Place works to mitigate the impacts of parental incarceration; identifying and promoting policies, programs and practices which improve the outcomes for these children; and by supporting parent/child relationships.

Click Here to Visit: OUR CHILDREN’S PLACE

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  • Support children with an incarcerated parent with your purchase of a hand-crocheted scarf, child’s hat, or adult hat, or a one-of-a-kind stuffed animal dressed in hat and scarf (wooly mammoths, giraffes, puppies, lion cubs, white or grizzly bears and baby elephants).
  • Let us select a unique gift for you from wonderful items created by incarcerated women. Tell us your preferences in the dialog boxes so we can find the best gift you will love.
  • For our first-time effort in virtual marketing, please submit a separate order for each item you would like.  A little patience will bring wonderful rewards!
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