About a year ago I joined a fair trade company called Trades of Hope. After reading about the company I quickly fell in love with their mission. The founders of Trades of Hope believe that women living in poverty don’t lack the abilities needed to succeed, but instead lack opportunities. Trades of Hope partners with female artisans all over the world to provide job opportunities that pay fair wages in safe working environments. Trades of Hope has beautiful jewelry and accessories that are all handmade. Just as each item is unique and beautiful, so is the story behind it. Here are a few of my favorite items from the NEW fall collection:
My favorite piece from the fall collection! These mixed metal statement earrings are inspired by modern art. The Indian artisans who make these earrings are able to earn an income and attend financial management classes.
This beautiful tote is made with brown leather and has a detachable tassel accent made with upcycled sari beads. This large bag is perfect for on the go and carrying a laptop. The women in India who make this tote are able to work in a safe environment to provide for their families.
This statement necklace is made with red dyed typhus stone and golden beads. The artisans behind this necklace are women rescued from brothels in Asia. Instead of selling their bodies these women are receiving job training, health care, and counseling.
If you prefer a simpler look, these petite earrings are perfect. They are made with three cubic zirconia and an antiqued gold finish. These gorgeous studs are made by artisans in India.
These beautiful mixed metal cuffs look great worn together or separately. The cuffs are adjustable and are hand hammered and etched by artisans in India.
This stunning collared necklace is adjustable and made with glass and mixed metal beads. The Indian artisans who make this necklace not only earn an income but also have access to literacy programs and self-help groups.
Leather earrings are everywhere right now! This pair includes beautiful small details, like black stitching and a gold painted steel leaf made from upcycled oil drums. For women in Haiti, jobs can be scarce, but through this job opportunity artisans receive income, health care, educational resources, and emergency loans.
To view the entire new fall collection, visit my Trades of Hope shop. Enjoy!