Thursday, November 15, 2012

Black Friday is Coming! Shopping with Purpose- Part Two

Black Friday is coming. Before you head out and stand in those ridiculously long lines, why not grab a cup of coffee and see if you can knock out some of your shopping list at the companies featured in this post.

These great shops have everything from baby toys to pet beds. The purchases made through these organizations provide life saving opportunity to the artisans that create the products. Let's make every dollar count this season!

Go Fish

In 1987, after a trip two years prior to the country of Peru, Curt and Barbara Coleman opened their first Go Fish storeIn 2004, the Colemans chose to open other locations and currently have stores in seven states. The Go Fish franchises are based on the premise that each person can use their life experiences, skills and jobs for the benefit of God’s people.



For over 60 years, SERRV, a nonprofit organization, has been on a mission to eradicate poverty. Through their connections with artisans and farmers Serrv offers unique and handcrafted fair trade items from around the world. There is something for every person on your list!
Jewelry and accessories
Kitchen and home decor

Christmas Ornaments
Pet Beds
Chew toys

Market Haiti- The Apparent Project

Market Haiti, endorsed by the Apparent Project, is a market place for Haitian artisans. The lives of the artisan's families are made better through purchase made here.

Metal journals for the
writers in your life. 

Home decor
Nativity sets

Trade for Change

Trade for Change is the online retailer of Global Mama products. Trade for Change works to increase the sales of Global Mama fair trade products. Each sale creates jobs and increases the income and standard of living for African women and their families.

Photo holders
Bead sets for crafters.

Batik Boutique

"When Ryan and Amy Blair first moved to Malaysia in 2007, they did not imagine that within a few years they would start a successful business that helps people in need in their adopted country.
Their story of this enterprise began in 2009 when they met Ana, a single mom struggling to raise her two children. In learning her story and struggles, Amy learned that there are many women in similar situations that need help to provide for their families.  And then Amy made an important discovery: each of the women had access to a sewing machine. This realization, combined with a dream that we can create a business that impacts others through the teachings of Jesus, led to the beginnings of The Batik Boutique."

The process used to make the batik fabric is an art form. Every fabric sheet is a unique work of art. The colors hold up through many years of use.

Nursing covers

Baby slings

Ornaments 4 Orphans

"Ornaments4Orphans is an initiative of Pearl Ministries, a non-profit that helps orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda through gospel-centered, holistic development of family and community in partnership with indigenous ministries and churches."

Take a look at their unique ornaments and nativity sets. 

Glass bead crosses

Banana leaf angels
A variety of class bead animals
Stuffed animal ornaments-
perfect for  the little ones.

The Noonday Collection

The founders of Noonday Collection have a heart for adoption. Ten percent of every purchase is donated to qualified adoptive families. Noonday Collection also gives towards orphan care and prevention. 

Phuket Shoulder bag
Silver circle necklace
Handmade Stationary

World Craft

With partnerships in 28 countries, World Craft develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world. World Craft is committed to holistic care and fair trade.

Cell phone pouches
Picture frames for a favorite
Book marks to accompany a special book.
Hairbows and toys

A different kind of journal. This could be
perfect for the guys in your life.

War Chest Boutique

This video by Women at Risk International gives a sad overview of the plight of so many women around the world.  This is why they do what they do. We have a chance to be a part! 

Here are just a few of the super cute items available through their store...

I hope you find what you are looking for as you browse these shops. I can't wait to hear what you find!  If you know of an organization that offers great products for a great purpose, please share them in the comment section or send me an email. I am already working on part three!