Fair Trade and Global Gifts Fair
Friday, November 30, 2012
10:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Location: ASC Conference Rooms A/B/Fireside Lounge

Are you looking for unique gifts this holiday season? Do you want to buy a gift that “gives back”? Texas Lutheran University will host a Fair Trade and Global Gifts Fair featuring high quality, fairly traded handcrafts from artisans in developing regions around the world. The sale will be held one day ONLY and is open to the public.

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We believe it is important to have short and long term goals in our social efforts if we want to truly have an impact in the communities we are supporting. Just like the human brain has two sides (right and left) to function correctly, Two Steps At A Time™ takes a right step and a left to create an integral solution for under privileged communities. Right step: it all starts with our promise to give a pair of sandals away for every pair sold. Left step: we then provide basic health care and education to rubber producing communities in need.

MayaWorks believes that community development happens through economic development of women. MayaWorks is a nonprofit social venture that empowers indigenous women of Guatemala to achieve economic security by providing markets for their handcrafted products, access to microcredit loans and expanded educational opportunities.
Palestine Online Store 
We hope you’ll enjoy looking through our wide selection of readable, wearable, and eatable Palestine-related products. Whenever possible, we source these materials directly from Palestine, providing economic support to local farmers, artists, and textile producers.

Lutheran World Relief/SERRV 
In this day and age — with budgets as tight as they are — it is tempting to make our buying decisions based entirely on price. But we ought to also consider the moral costs of our choices. This is why Lutheran World Relief supports an alternative called Fair Trade. In line with Martin Luther’s teaching that “we should fear and love God that we may … help [our neighbor] to improve and protect his property and business,” it is a way of doing business that acknowledges the worth and basic human rights of all people. When you buy Fair Trade items, more of the money you spend reaches the hands of the people who crafted them.
Bead for Life BeadforLife is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and member of the Fair Trade Federation that works to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens.

For more information about the Fair Trade and Global Gifts Fair, please contact Becky Hruza at 830-372-8160 or rhruza@tlu.edu.