We are a Non-profit Grassroots
Community Development Organization.
Our purpose is to reduce poverty around the world and at the same time protect the environment by EDUCATING THE WORLD about sustainable ways to end poverty, DIRECT INVESTMENT in specific projects in the developing world, and SELLING FAIR TRADE CRAFTS via this Online Global Marketplace and to return as much of the sales price as possible
to the local artist.
Pictured here are some of the women of Kazuri Beads. The mission of Kazuri is to provide and sustain employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of Kenyan society.
Kazuri Beads is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
You can see our selection of Fair Trade Kazuri Ceramic Beads in our Bead Section. Just click on the link on the left side of this page.
EDUCATING THE WORLD
We know how to end poverty around the world. We do not have the political will to do it. We will bring forward the best ideas and policies in an effort to create public support for ending world wide poverty. What is most exciting is that we can end poverty and greatly reduce global warming at the same time.
We support the goals of the United Nations Poverty-Environment Partnership. It is an informal network of development agencies that aims to address key poverty-environment issues within the framework of international efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, by: (1) sharing knowledge and operational experience; (2) identifying ways and means to improve coordination and collaboration at country and policy levels; and (3) developing and implementing joint activities.
For more information about this program click on the OUR MISSION and related links on the left side of this page.
We have set up an investment account with KIVA to make direct microcredit loans to individuals and small busniesses in the developing world.
Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending organization, empowering individuals and organizations to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.
Kiva partners with existing expert microfinance institutions. In doing so, they gain access to outstanding entrepreneurs from impoverished communities world-wide. Their partners are experts in choosing qualified entrepreneurs.
For more information about this program click on the DIRECT INVESTMENT and related links on the left side of this page.
SELLING FAIR TRADE CRAFTS
Our mission is to help low income Craft Producers in Developing Nations
market their crafts in the United States. We fulfill this mission now by
purchasing these crafts directly from the people who make them - the Producers - and retailing them to you on this web site.
We sell only Fair Trade Crafts. We believe this is the best way to end poverty around the world. Fair trade is a system of exchange that seeks to create greater equity and partnership in international trading. By approaching development as a whole process (rather than just a fair price), fair trade organizations cultivate partnerships with their suppliers and contribute to the development of communities. Fair trade is not about charity; it uses a fairer system of exchange to empower producers and to create sustainable, positive change.
We buy only from approved fair trade organizations so we can be certain fair trade practices have been followed in the making of these crafts, and that the producers are the ones who are receiving the benefit.
We believe in the principles of the Fair Trade Federations values that include: Trade as a Force for Positive Change, Respectful Partnerships, Community, Sustainable Practices, Fullest Commitment, and Consumer Knowledge. For details about these principles just visit the Fair Trade Federation web site using the link below:
Here are some of the artists whos crafts and jewelry will appear in our Online Marketplace. Sooon we will list below some of the web sites where our products are listed.
For more information about this program click on the ONLINE SHOPPING and related links on the left side of this page.
Global Marketplace is a member of the Green Business Network. Businesses displaying the Green America Seal of Approval have successfully completed Green America's screening process and have been approved to be listed as a socially and environmentally responsible - or green - business in their National Green Pages Directory.
FREE SHIPPING! WE SHIP THE DAY AFTER WE RECEIVE
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forms of payment at this site. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express|