Written by Megan Pangborn, mom of 3 boys, from Denver, Colorado
Holidays come and go and the endless to do list of gifts to buy keeps most of us running around throughout December. Does it feel like a chore or do you feel excited by the things you are finding? Well, this year I have stumbled on an amazing nonprofit and one that I highly recommend for your gift giving needs. Check out the beautiful baskets and jewelry from Trading for Treasures. This Denver based nonprofit’s mission is to empower women through trade. This is my Fair Trade Christmas and I am challenging you to do the same. I already feel a great sense of peace in the things that I am buying. Not only are my friends and family getting beautiful jewelry and baskets but 100% of the profits go straight back to the communities in Rwanda. These women are helping to heal a country torn apart in the 1994 genocide. Because of this, 70% of the country are women who are now in charge of supporting their families. The purchase of one medium sized basket will pay for a year of healthcare for these women and their families! That fact alone made me want to share this with you.
Here are some of the women making the baskets.
The large and medium sized baskets are both perfect for the center of your table to hold fruit or for decoration. I actually bought a large one for my dining room and a medium one for my kitchen. They also have loops on the back for easy hanging. I could seriously decorate my whole house with these they are so beautiful! Check out www.trading4treasures.org and start shopping for a cause.
Here is an example of the basket in use. Gorgeous!
Looking at these pieces of art I feel connected to the women who made them. It’s a reminder every time I look at them that these baskets are special. So join us in spreading the word . . . any bit helps. Please forward this to your friends and family. But shhhh, not my mom…she hasn’t opened her gift yet.
This is one of my favorite photos. Love seeing these smiling faces! To learn more about this nonprofit and what you can do to help visit www.tradingfortreasures.com.
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