global goods partners is an organization very near to my heart – they are wonderful nfp org ‘dedicated to empowering women, alleviating poverty and promoting social justice’ <from their mission statement>  i feel grateful that they bring unique handmade and free-trade products to the american market, thereby promoting independence and providing support to artisans worldwide.  now through dec14, ggp is offering free shipping on orders over $50!  -or- if you prefer a tactile shopping experience, there is an upcoming opportunity to do just that:

the holiday fair will take place next thursday, dec 17 in the urban zen center at stephan weiss studio : 711 greenwich st, from 12pm to 8pm.  download a copy of the invite here. in eager anticipation, a few personal favs from their site:

argentinian handmade necklace $34.00

bolivian ceramic chicken lights $26.00

perhaps my absolute favorite are these vibrant totes made of recycled rice bags <and lined with sturdy cotton> specifically supporting landmine and polio victims in cambodia:

cambodian pleated market bag $34.00

columbian change purse $22.00

indian folk doll keychain $7.00

nepalese felt flowers $6.00

having recently hiked the inka trail – i suppose i am partial to the following three selections and can personally attest to the warmth + softness of alpaca wool – which is attained similar to sheep shearing, no animal cruelty!

peruvian braided alpaca scarf $66.00

peruvian embroidered dog collar $21.00 and leash $38.00

peruvian alpaca wool bunnies $20.00 ea

south african beaded bread bracelet $8.00

south african motorcycle keychain $10.00

embroidered card sets from the thai-burmese border $24.00 for 5

each photo is linked to the relevant product site – or browse the entire assortment here

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