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House of Talents: Be Ready to Be Wowed!

Hey friends! I want to introduce you to House of Talents, an exceptional organization that works with artisans in Ghana, West Africa.
 
I remember the first time I heard about the House of Talents. It was the night before the second Eau Claire Global Market and I hadn’t highlighted (or heard) of House of Talents yet. As soon as I read the House of Talents ‘About Us’ page, I knew it was going to be a late night. I poured over the pages describing how House of Talent began, the artisans, and the amazing products they made.
 
Seriously, I dare you to look. Be ready to be awed. Be ready to shop! They are offering free shipping until the end of the year!!!
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Cute, ethical jewelry and accessories: Why we love Fair Anita

Posted August 10, 2020

I first encountered Fair Anita’s cute, ethical jewelry and accessories at the 2018 Eau Claire Global Market, and I immediately fell in love. The designs are on par with the best-sellers I see at local retailers and online, but Fair Anita’s products are fair trade and created in ethical working conditions, where their female artisan partners earn two to three times the minimum wage, plus health insurance and educational scholarships. Even better, this Minnesota business sources all their materials in the local communities where products are handmade, giving each piece a unique look (my favorite necklace is made with metal from recycled bullet casings!). 

Fair Anita has partnered with 8,000 women in 9 countries, where amazingly cute, fair trade products are made in as eco-friendly a manner as possible. These include jewelry, bags, accessories and even masks!

What will you fall in love with? Check out their best-sellers here: https://fairanita.com/best-sellers/

Introducing the 2020 Fall Showcase: Why Shopping Globally Matters Now More Than Ever

Posted August 2, 2020

COVID feels deeply personal. It’s making it hard to make money, get childcare, go to school, and have fun. These impacts can make it difficult to focus outside our own immediate community — our minds are full of worries about our children, parents and friends. As we plan the Eau Claire Global Market 2020 Fall Showcase, however, we’re reminded why shopping globally, and intentionally, matters so much.

It’s easy to imagine that we are the only ones dealing with these problems. Unfortunately that’s happy ignorance as countries throughout the world are struggling to deal with this new reality, many without resources to keep them safe and out of extreme poverty.

The good news is that there is something that you CAN do, right from the safety of your own home. While Christmas and the holidays are still a ways away, consider purchasing through organizations that provide a safe revenue stream for struggling artisans.

Over the next few months, we will be highlighting some of these organizations that have participated in our past Eau Claire Global Markets. Get ready to drool over beautiful items and tear up/smile over warm stories of people, just like you and me, making a difference on a very large scale.  As a reminder, all of the artisans we’ll be highlighting conduct ethical business practices, focusing on providing fair wages, safe work environments and more.

Find us on Facebook at @eauclaireglobalmarket, or search for the hashtag #EauClaireGlobalMarket, to stay updated.

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Featured: A Cambodian artisan sews a bag for Fair Anita, a MN-based international organization supporting and empowering struggling women.

Elevat: Connecting the World

Hi, It’s Tiffany, one of the organizers of the Eau Claire Global Market. I’m pretty much breaking all the rules by going to first person, but I’m having a hard time keeping myself out of these posts. Seriously, these organizations are all incredible! Elevat is another ‘new to us’ business joining us this year. Elevat provides sustainable income to talented artisans in 20 different countries. On their website, www.elevatin, has a unique feature where you can search their products by cause. I randomly chose, ‘Orphans and Families’ (what do you choose, when every category is so important?!). The item that immediately struck me was, ‘Syrian Refugee Scarf.’ It’s made by women in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. The Syrian refugee experience has been weighing on me heavily. Learning about Elevat, I loved that 100% of the profit goes back to the artisans. It’s nice to know that when I lust over beautiful items, like this scarf, I can actually purchase it and know that I’m actually making difference in the life of someone in need . On November 9th, the world will feel a bit smaller and more connected.

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Introducing the Mayamam Weavers!!!

In recent years, the arduous, dangerous journey of many people to the USA from Central America, has been front page news. In the USA, it has been hard to know how to help the plight of individuals so far away. Finally here is a tangible way to help! Check out and purchase from Mayamam Weavers at the Eau Claire Global Market! Mayamam Weavers is an organization from Cajola, Guatemala that provides fair trade wages to 20 women in their community, so they don’t need to leave their families to seek financial security. Mayamam Weavers, formed in 2008, provides their weavers and seamstresses with fair trade wages, business skills, on-site childcare, and adult literacy classes. Buy these beautiful hand made textiles and go home guilt free! Check out the video below that showcases these talented women and their beautiful products! Check out their website for details at https://www.mayamamweavers.com/