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Spread the Love with Fair Trade Valentine’s Day Gifts!

10 Feb

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Restyle Fair Trade wants to help spread the love worldwide. This list of fair trade certified gifts is sure to include the perfect present for your special someone!

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Roses are arguably the most romantic flower symbolizing beauty, love, and passion. One World Flowers sells fair trade roses by the bouquet and has a wide variety of flower options and arrangements. We suggest “All’s Fair in Love” a classic red bouquet that is a signature valentine’s day gift. One fair trade dozen costs $54.95.

This holiday celebrates being sweet to the ones you care about, and a fair trade box of chocolates is a popular gesture of love! This Classic Red Velvet Box for $45 is a beautiful assortment creme filled hearts and caramels that even has an special option for vegans, made completely of fair trade and organic ingredients—it doesn’t get much sweeter than that!

Red and pink are colors that represent the love and passion felt on this warm and fuzzy holiday. Here are some of our favorite products that fit the color scheme and would be a lovely gift for valentine’s day that are 20% OFF for a limited time:

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Triple Wrap Chirilla And Leather Bracelet-Dawn

$29.98   $23.98

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3 Faceted Tagua on Antiqued Silver Plated Ball Chain

$36.48   $29.18

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Giving Tree Tagua Necklace–Poppy Red 

$19.98   $15.98
ImageFaceted Acai Earrings–Raspberry

$19.98  $15.98

ImageTagua Ring–Raspberry

$27.48   $21.98

For a full listing of Red/Pink sale items, click here!

If you’re looking for a fair trade gift for the man in your life, our website has a section of “Gift for Him” with recycled tire tube tech cases, wallets and eco-leather items too!

Sometimes the best gift is a note from the heart. Our tree-free cotton note cards have blank interiors so you can fill that pages with a handwritten love letter. They are beautifully decorated with pressed flowers and grasses indigenous to El Salvador and Colombia, sealed in compostable packaging and printed with non-toxic vegetable based inks. They are eco-friendly, fair trade and inexpensive ranging from $3.99-$5.50.

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Remember that through fair trade purchases on this loving holiday, you can feel great knowing that your declaration of adoration is helping to support artisans, farmers and laborers through fair wages and safe working conditions. So spread the love, buy fair trade!

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Hope For Women introduces…..ReStyle™!

26 Sep

 We’re very excited to unveil our new website, ReStyle™!

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Why the new name and site?
Hope For Women has evolved as an organization and we thought it was time for a little change. We think our new branding better fits our commitment of offering exceptional artisan-crafted fashion products that change lives through Fair Trade.

Our hope is to reach more people with our new brand and benefit the artisans that create our unique products even more. To help celebrate our new launch, we’re offering 15% off our entire site with coupon code LAUNCH15

But are your products still Fair Trade and eco-friendly?woman with child
Our commitment to our social mission has not changed at all.  ReStyle products are still Fair Trade, eco-friendly and are helping to change lives for the better. We’ll continue to strive to be as eco-friendly as possible, from sourcing recycled materials to how we package our items.

Are you still working with women artisans?
Yes! Women artisans are still creating our Fair Trade, eco-friendly products. Due to the growing demand for our products more artisans are working, and this includes some men as well. But over 90% of the artisans we work with are women, and we continue to try to work with women in all aspects of our work.

purseWhat kind of products will the new site feature?

We’ll be offering a wide array of high-quality, stylish, and seasonally relevant products that are on trend. This includes stunning statement necklaces, pretty bangles, and eye-catching rings–among many other gorgeous pieces. And don’t worry, we’ll definitely still feature our best-selling line of recycled tire tube products!

***Stay tuned for regular specials and promotions throughout the year!***

Thank you for being loyal and supportive customers of Hope for Women. We hope you’ll browse the new site and check out our gorgeous product lines and inspiring artisans. Don’t forget: get 15% off the entire site with coupon code LAUNCH25 (enter coupon code in the shopping cart).

HFW Outfit Ideas: Bright Boho and Braided

15 Aug
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If you’re searching for the perfect trendy and summery laid-back style, look no further. Inspired by the Hope For Women multicolored woven bracelet, this colorful bohemian look incorporates woven and braided details not only in bracelet and featured hairstyle (click here for a tutorial on the up-do!)  but also in the neutral woven sandals.
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Since the bracelet features three different and distinct colors (turquoise, purple and a rich dark brown), rather than matching these hues exactly this look embraced the idea of multicolored with a vibrant sundress that included every shade seen in a rainbow. This paired with a solid clementine shrug made the style a bright and casual one without the fear of a being too matchy-matchy. However, to add a sense of cohesiveness, the look added Hope For Women’s handmade acai seed necklaces in the same color as the bracelet along with a brown and turquoise slouchy backpack to compliment its tones. To add a spritz of summery scent to look, these fair trade fragrances from the body shop will make the outfit and  it also coincides with Hope For Women’s values of making socially responsible purchases.
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All Hope For Women accessories featured are fair-trade, sustainably created and packaged with eco-friendly materials. To learn more about our company and products, please visit us at http://www.hopeforwomen.com/

Father’s Day – Top 5 Fair Trade gifts

7 Jun

What is better than telling Dad “You are the best!” with a Fair Trade gift he will really love? Nothing!!

Here are our Top 5 Fair Trade Father’s Day Gifts:

1) Fair Trade Vodka

Award winning Fair Trade Vodka from FAIR. will make Dad’s favorite cocktails come to life. Made using Fair Trade quinoa from Bolivian farms. Buy it online, or find a distributor near you. $33 per bottle.


2). Organic and Fair Trade Certified Socks

You know he needs them, and he won’t shop for them himself. So hook him up with some sweet socks! Maggie’s provides a wide variety of Fair Trade certified socks, from dress to sport, that are perfect for any kind of Dad. Starting at $8 – easy to order on-line.


3) ReStyle recycled tire tube men’s travel kit

Made from recycled truck tire tubes, the ReStyle travel kit looks great and is super tough to take any punishment that travel (or your Dad) can dish out. Roomy enough to bring everything on the road, with interior pockets and straps to hold them in place. He will love it. $39.98 – available on-line or in stores.


4) The Supremo Basket

Fair Trade coffee, chocolate, tea and chocolate covered coffee beans? In one basket? This is almost too easy. $64.75 from the Fair Trade Coffee Company.


5) Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fair Trade pioneers Equal Exchange have a delicious EVOO that will enhance any dish and tastes fabulous on it’s own. Whether he is manning the grill or you are cooking him a Father’s Day meal this is a great call. And at only $10.98 for a 500ml bottle it is a great deal too!


We hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day!

Fair Trade: Empowering Women Around the World

27 Mar
These women formed Arte Comasagua, an artisan group that Hope for Women is proud to work wtih

These women formed Arte Comasagua, an artisan group in El Salvador that we are proud to work with.

Poverty and gender inequality are main factors which cause women worldwide to lack employment opportunities and to struggle to support themselves without the aid of men. Engaging in trade can be especially difficult because in many societies it is considered inappropriate for women to take part in this type of work. Fair Trade promotes gender equality through imparting equal wages and providing women with economic opportunities. It also encourages women to take on leadership positions and to fully participate in discussion and decision making about business practices.

Fair Trade gives women the chance to provide for themselves and their families, which strengthens their position in society and gives them the resources and skills needed to take control of their lives and futures. Below are examples from around the world of women who have been empowered by Fair Trade and were able to create a better life for themselves.

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Rwanda

Fair Trade USA featured a story on Hinga Kawa, a Women’s Association, which is part of the  Abakunda Kawa cooperative and is comprised of a group of women who joined together as a community to sell their coffee. Many of these women are widows or orphans due to the genocide in their country, so they hold many responsibilities at home as well as at work in the coffee fields. By forming Hinga Kawa, these women are able to take pride in selling coffee that they have grown and also have a supportive network of women who share their hardships. Although Fair Trade has not made these women rich, it has provided them with an income that will allow them to send their children to school and still be able to feed them.

Hinga Kawa Women's Association of coffee farmers in Rwanda

Hinga Kawa Women’s Association of coffee farmers in Rwanda

Brazil

The story of one woman, Donha Conceção, also featured by Fair Trade USA exemplifies the major, life changing impact that Fair Trade can have on struggling women worldwide.  When Donha Conceção was widowed with five children to care for, she was left with only the knowledge of coffee farming as means of survival.  After a period of extremely difficult times, she decided to join the Fair Trade Certified coffee cooperative, Coocafé, where she learned to farm more sustainably.  Through their aid she was able to increase the quality and price of her coffee.  The resulting success of her coffee business enabled her to provide for her family and send all of her children to school.  She became the first woman to be elected to Coocafé’s board.

India and Nepal

The World Fair Trade Organization conducted research on the role of women in the market and what benefits they receive from group membership and Fair Trade.  They looked the Artisans Association, ACP (Association for Craft Producers) and WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing), which are Fair Trade working projects for impoverished women in India and Nepal. The women involved were able to earn their own income in a society where women face many restrictions such as the inability to receive higher education and a lack of resources or employment options. They reported that the rare opportunity they were given allowed them to become skilled, capable craftswomen in a safe environment.  Also, the contribution they made to their household income changed their husband’s attitudes towards them, causing them to be treated with with more respect and to be given more authority.

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Photo: Carol Wills

In numerous other countries around the world women are benefiting from the increase in Fair Trade initiatives.  What could be better motivation to support Fair Trade than to know that your purchases are ethical and are contributing to the ability of women worldwide to take control of their lives.

Sources:

Barrow, Katie. 2010. Women, Coffee & Hope: Fair Trade is Blossoming in the Hills of Rwanda. Fair Trade USA.

FairtradeUSA. 2010. Grandmother, Coffee Farmer, Leader: Meet Donha Conceção.

Jones, Elaine. 2012. Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Fair Trade: Case Studies from India and Nepal. World Fair Trade Organization.

Photo: “Women Coffee farmers in Rwanda” from Fair Trade USA.