Ethical Shopping

Trades of Hope


My friend Amy Tilson recently introduced me to Trades of Hope, a Fair Trade, “missional” business that was started by two women and their daughters.  They want to empower women around the world to change the face of poverty through home parties.  Or, in our case, a blog party.  So welcome to the party, friends!  We don’t have punch and cookies, but Amy is giving away a schweet, one-of-a-kind Guatemalan clutch, so stick around.

Trades of Hope is creating job opportunities not only for the artisans making the gorgeous merch, but also for women in America as Compassionate Entrepreneurs.  Trades of Hope partners with women artisans from all over the world to help market and sell their beautiful products.  These artisans are paid four to six times more than what they would normally make, so that they can take care of their families and send their kids to school.

Okay, let’s talk about the jewelry.  So many lovelies.  To help with your Slave-Free Christmas shopping, they’ve even created bundles of coordinating accessories:

I’m a sucker for a good paper bead necklace:

And here’s a video about Trades of Hope:

Trades of Hope from Trades of Hope on Vimeo.

Now for the giveaway.  Everyone who makes a purchase OR comments on this post will be entered to win this fantabulous one-of-a-kind Guatemalan clutch.  You cannot buy this on the site.  This is the only one, and it could be yours!

To enter the contest, purchase something using our special party link or comment below, and remember to give us your email.  All emails gathered for the comments and purchases will be entered.  Our party, and your chance to win, ends Dec. 14.

Click here to start shopping at our online party!

Slave-Free Christmas Challenge:

This Christmas, I’ve challenged myself to shop my entire Christmas list from organizations that are helping people, not hurting people.  Today, 27 million men, women, and children live as someone else’s property.  Slaves are making the items that I’m buying to celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior.  Somehow I don’t think He’s blessed by the blood on His birthday presents.  For more information on my Slave-Free Christmas project, click here.  For featured companies from the last two years, click here.

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  • Amy Tilson

    Mel, thanks so much for sharing about Trades of Hope! Now y’all go get yourself and all your friends something pretty! :)

    • Melanie Dale

      Yes, ma’am!

  • Catherine S

    Lovely products! I love purchasing with purpose! Thanks for all the links!

    • Melanie Dale

      You’re so welcome, Catherine!

  • Laura M

    I so love this series. What an awesome thing to use your blog for! I hope to do it someday!! (Where do I leave my email to enter to win??!?!?!)

    • Melanie Dale

      I gotcha. :)

  • Juliana Rezaiezadeh

    Love the clutch! It’s so unique :)

  • Allyson @ All Our Days

    What a beautiful, one-of-a-kind gift. And what a great way for you to spread the idea of using your gift budget for good!

  • Jennifer Wilcox Knott

    So your direction to the Trades of Hope website was totally a God thing. Our family is doing a lot of things differently this year, and one of them, is spending more intentionally with a goal of supporting companies that are doing some good work in the world. I’ve been wracking my brain to come up with the perfect gift for my assistant at the office, and I found it here! Two years ago, she adopted two teenagers from Haiti ages 13 and 15 at the time. When I found the Haitian Family Tree at Trades of Hope, I was sold! I can’t wait to get this in the mail. And even more so, I can’t wait to give this gift to her with a word of encouragement placed in a hand-written note! Thanks for this blog series. I’ve purchased a number of items as a result of your endorsements! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Melanie Dale

      Oh that’s so wonderful to hear, Jennifer! That Haitian Family Tree is gorgeous – so excited for your assistant!!!

    • Amy Tilson

      Jennifer, I LOVE this!!! The Family Tree is beautiful, I hope she adores it and finds so much meaning there. :)

  • Kate W

    I bought the star shaped bead ornaments and CAN’T WAIT to give these as gifts! They are beautiful. Thank you so much for the great gift ideas… I have been trying so hard to shop smarter and support great companies that have valuable missions. :)





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