Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Purposeful Purchasing

greensac is an eco-friendly store in Kuwait dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting green living.  They sell reusable shopping bags and fair trade items from developing countries around the world.

These zippered pouches were made by women in Yemen.
 BHcrafts is a world fair trade non-profit organization that promotes products made by refugee women of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Each item is labelled with the name of the woman who made it.
This mobile pouch was knit by Aldijana.
 Beaded snowflakes and cards (Memos for Mali) were being sold to support the mission of building schools and providing clean water in Mali.


These were the purchases I made at Saturday's craft bazaar.
It feels good knowing that the money I spent was for good causes.

Have a blessed day!

19 comments:

Kit said...

Oh they are all so lovely! And what a cute pouch. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving! Do you celebrate it there? Kit

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Money spent for a good cause and all the items you got are beautiful! Love the beaded stars.

Yvonne said...

Great cause, Beautiful work done by hand and by women. Smiles to you!

Mereknits said...

I so agree with you , I try to buy most of my holiday gifts just the way you are.
Hugs to you,
Meredith

Mistea said...

Gorgeous purchases.
Love the beaded snowflakes and the zippered pouches. Great way to shop.

Becca said...

Oo, I love the zippered pouches! Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving there Tammy? Either way, have a great weekend!

Terra said...

Your purchases are pretty and how you and recipients will smile knowing the money will help the ladies who made them.

Createology said...

Helping around the world is such an easy thing to do...and we get to shop and buy things for keeps. Blessings...

Sam I Am...... said...

Those are all lovely items and what a great way to do your Christmas shopping! We don't have anything like that here...we hardly even have any stores at all! LOL! God sent me here so I wouldn't be tempted to spend but he/she forgot about the internet! LOL!

Dagmar said...

What a wondeful concept, great that we can support women who are so depend on this fair trade income..blessings to all of the people that support these women.❤

by Teresa said...

Good for you to support those working for a good cause! I like to get all my gifts from craftspeople such as this. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

val said...

they are lovely but the little stick guy is my fav!

Susan said...

You are a good person, Tammy, and I am proud to call you my friend. I am thankful for you this Thanksgiving. Susan

lizzy said...

Hi Tammy, the fair and your finds are wonderful. I love handcrafted items like this and what a worthwhile cause!

I also love your crocheted stones, a few posts back. I dont crochet so I resorted to hot gluing antique lace to my beach rocks....sigh. You do lovely work.

Hapy Thanksgiving, do you cclebrate it?

love
lizzy

GardenofDaisies said...

I like shopping for a cause, too. We have a similar store here, and I buy a few things each year as stocking stuffers for my kids. You found some really pretty things at the bazaar, too.

Hindustanka said...

good shopping for a good reason :)the items you bought are very beautiful, I liked the snowflakes very much.
that's also good that you find things to do over there. Have a great day ahead and take care! Anna

Libbie said...

I love that some of the items have the ladies names attached! Makes it even more special! I think you did pretty good! Lots of beutiful finds but really truly the beauty is in you for thoughtfully buying and in the ladies that made them!

Aishwarya said...

Hi Tammy

Goes a long way in making up for a cause. Your gesture of purchasing these artfacts with an intention of helping a cause is really appreciable.

Your post reminded me of this book.
Stones into schools is a book you must read. A real account of how the author, Greg Mortenson went about building schools in Afganistan. A hiker.... he fell down and hurt himself and dragged himself into a village in Afghanistan. Villagers took care of him and when he asked them what they wanted in return for their hospitality, they asked for a school. He then went about collecting money for this cause and built many many schools in Afghanistan.

Serena Lewis said...

A very worthy cause indeed, Tammy...love your mobile pouch!

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