We live in an age of information overload. No denying that. The world wide web has placed the global neighborhood at our fingertips, 24/7. With so much information coming at us in such a rapid-fire manor, and so much of it negative, it is easy to become completely jaded and cynical. This happens as a type of defense mechanism, protecting us from emotional overload.
I make this statement assuming it happens to all of us. I certainly have noticed this unsavory trend in myself.
So when something does reach off the page and grab my attention, and my heart, I pay attention. That’s how I came upon Fair Trade Friday. An email notification of a new post to another blog I follow (WeAreThatFamily) led me to a link to a story about empowering women around the world to earn an income for their family by providing a platform to sell their unique hand crafted items. I love this concept! I followed the link and read the story, and became more excited the more I learned. Additional sources of information on this wonderful idea can be found at FairTradeFridayClub, and via Twitter @FTFClub.
So what is it all about? Once you subscribe, you will receive a box in the mail each month, containing three to four hand crafted products. Imagine jewelry, scarves, purses and totes – just to name a few. You can purchase one box, just to give it a try, there is an option to prepay several months in advance, or you can join the monthly club and be billed each month… for as long as you care to continue to receive these wonderful handcrafted items.
Each time you use or wear one of these items, you will know you have allowed a mother to take care of her family. Isn’t that all we all really want to do? To take care of our families?
Many folks have strong feelings about assisting our global neighbors when there is so much need here at home. I will save that conversation for another post, but ask you to just check this out. From there, follow your heart!