Thank you!

Artreach 2011 was a success! We were able to give gifts of job opportunity, encouragement and hope to artisans here in Austin and all over the world. If you missed it this year, plan on joining us November 10, 2012 for the 5th annual event!

Vendor Overview

We are so excited to have our favorite vendors returning this year and to add a few new groups we think you'll love. Be sure to look at their blog posts (linked below) to read the stories behind the products you can find at Artreach on November 12.

Busoga Beads
(Busoga Beads blog post)
Vibrant paper beads are made by hand from recycled paper by Ugandan women who are seeking to reach up and out of poverty. In addition to jewelry-making, the group receives education and job training in the remote Busoga villages. Your purchase helps rural African women have hope for a better life.

The CDK Project
The CDK Project is empowering oppressed women around the globe through employment in the craft of jewelry-making. We are instilling dignity and hope, while bringing you authentically rare jewelry.

Chance Bags
Chance Bags support the Clean Growth (Crescimento Limpo) project in Itu, Brazil. Sports jerseys and soccer balls are turned into purses; the sale from these projects helps people who need a chance at a new life.

Eternal Threads
Eternal Threads is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children most at risk by providing sustainable livelihoods through income generating projects. Eternal Threads began as an outreach to India, but now includes projects in Nepal, Afghanistan, Thailand and Madagascar.

Ethical City
(Ethical City blog post) 
Ethical City collaborates with faith-based organizations in Austin to host fair trade global bazaars. Ethical City’s products include baskets made by a widow’s cooperative in Ghana, jewelry from India and Afghanistan, metal work from Haiti, and gift cards made by orphans in Rwanda.

Freedom Stones
(Freedom Stones blog post) 
Freedom Stones is committed to eliminating and preventing human trafficking through livelihoods projects that transform and develop vulnerable communities. Our aim is to transform individuals and entire communities so that they can begin walking in their God-given destinies free from extreme poverty, oppression and injustice.

Good and Fair Clothing 
(Good and Fair blog post)
At Good & Fair Clothing, we are dedicated to using only fair trade and organic materials. We ensure fair wages for cotton farmers and garment workers internationally, as well as provide resources for those fighting to get out of poverty within our own community.

Hanna Galo
(Hanna Galo blog post) 
Hanna Galo is a refugee from Iraq who has been working hard to establish a new life in Austin during the past year. His handcrafted beaded crosses are more than a hobby—it’s his mission. When people look at the crosses he makes, he wants them to remember that there is a God who is with them, even in the toughest toughest of circumstances.

Hill Country Hill Tribers
Hill Country Hill Tribers provides supplemental income and marketable skills to artisans in Austin’s refugee community. By weaving and sewing, these women are creating a new sense of community in this country while remembering their homelands. Proceeds are given directly back to the artisan who made each piece.

Noonday Collection
(Noonday Collection blog post) 
Noonday Collection offers inspired accessories handcrafted by artisans who receive a living, fair wage for their work. We believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice good design and style in order to support fair trade ventures.

Makarios & Dominican Joe
(Makarios blog post) 
Makarios is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educational development in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and other impoverished areas of the world. We are committed to a child’s spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth, to provide hope for a better future.

Artreach 2011 - Gifts That Give Back

The 4th Annual Artreach Fair Trade Gift Fair is November 12, 2011. By shopping at Artreach, not only do you discover unique, hand-crafted gifts, jewelry and d├ęcor, but you are able to bless, honor and celebrate the hands that made them.

In the coming weeks, we'll be featuring the ways the gifts at Artreach give back and sharing how you can help bring joy to the world with your holiday shopping this year.

The Artreach Staff

Good & Fair Clothing

 Good & Fair Clothing is a dream, a vision, and a mission to do good and be fair to people. Our goal is for our clothing tell a story of respect, dignity, fairness, and ultimately, love. We are a fair trade and organic clothing company. Our clothes are certified fair trade from farm to factory. We use only organic cotton. We support cooperatives with farmers who switch to organic farming methods with training and resources.

Shelton Green launched Good & Fair Clothing (G&FC) in November of 2010. G&FC is now retail stores across the country and growing steadily. Shelton directed What’s Your Response?, a human trafficking awareness campaign in Texas. After learning that many of the thing we buy every day are produced through supply chains which are plagued with child labor, substandard pay, and at worst, slavery, he decided to create clothing with a supply chain that respects basic human rights, pays workers a fair wage, and guarantees worker rights.

Mohamed,one of the garment workers who makes our tee shirts and underwear, has been making clothes for a very long time in his home country of India. He now enjoys fair wages and his children attended school for free because our factory partner has committed to sending all employee children to school at no cost.He is also the preisdent of the  Fair Trade Premium and Worker Improvement Committee which is responsible for looking after worker rights and how to distribute the fair trade premium the workers receive directly from Good & Fair Clothing. Education truly breaks the cycle of poverty. However, without available, honest work all the education in the world is of no use. That’s why it is so important that companies like G&FC commit to working with supply chains that treat all people with respect and dignity.

Good & Fair Clothing operates on a basic idea - no one should be hurt for the sake of our fashion. We are no longer willing to pay the high price of cheap clothing.

The tee shirts and underwear you can get from G&FC at Artreach allows you to get some fashionable clothing and do good at the same time. Your purchase changes life and keep the most vulnerable among us out of extreme poverty.

We are looking forward to meeting you and talking with you on November 12th!

Busoga Beads

Ida Bazonoona lives in the Busoga region of Uganda, East Africa.
She and her friends learned of an organization called “Beads for Life”
that teaches the skill of crafting beads from recycled magazines. Ida’s
four village friends pooled their money and sent her to the capital city
of Kampala to learn the bead craft. Ida returned to her village and
taught the craft to those women. The beads now provide income for two
widows, two single Moms and their children. These women have also
paid it forward and taught the bead craft to women in other villages.
Ida also serves surrounding villages by ministering to women’s needs
through the bead income.

Ida, Irene, Nabu, Kigumba, and Apophia are the artists who created
these beautiful beads from recycled magazines. It was my pleasure to
know and love these women during my time in Uganda as a missionary
school teacher. They work hard making the beads to provide income for
garden seeds, school fees for their children and caring for their families.
For some of these families, the beads are their only source of income.

The BEAD process-
The beads are made from triangle magazine strips rolled up, glued
down and varnished. The vibrant colors in the beads are the result
of the color on the outside of the magazine strips. Once the strips are
rolled up and glued down, they are varnished with three coats, the
last coat drying for 4 weeks. After the final coat, the beads are sorted
into like colors and put on fishing line with a clasp. The entire process
of making one necklace takes around 6 hours and truly is a trash to
treasure jewel.

Your purchase of Busoga Beads will truly make a difference in the lives
of Ida, Irene, Nabu, Kigumba, Apophia and their families!
Thanks for your support!