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With Many Hands the Load is Not Heavy

“With many hands, the load is not heavy.”   Haitian Proverb

All my life I’ve wished for some sort of artistic bone in my body.  To paint, sculpt, sew, create…it’s just not there.  However, I do have a huge admiration for artisans…and a bit of jealousy, I must admit… and their handcrafted products.  Personally, my passion for fair trade and what that can mean for these men and women just continues to grow.

Let me tell you a bit about what fair trade can mean for an artist.  It can empower men and women around the world who struggle to provide for their families and themselves.  By providing a channel for these artisans to sell their products, we are offering them an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and embrace a better life.

Second Baptist Church currently provides such a channel with its ministry at Many Hands Fair Trade Shop.  Located at 20 N. Leonard, right across the street from the west side of the church, the shop is a little storefront that is filled with products from 20-30 countries around the world.  The artisans who made these items have already received a fair price for their work. 

The shop is open regularly on Saturdays from 9:30 – 1:30.  We are also committed to downtown Liberty’s 4th Fridays and are open from 4:00 – 9:00 on those evenings every month.  Products are changing all the time, depending on what organizations have sent us current orders.  When you are looking for that perfect gift for someone special, Many Hands is a great place to shop.  If you want to find something that can benefit you plus make a difference to the designer, fair trade products are perfect for you!  Here are just three examples of what you could find:  delicious coffee from several different regions in the world; hand-woven baskets made in Bangladesh, Uganda, Ghana; jewelry, sandals and metal ornaments from Haiti.  You just have to come and see for yourself.

Let me close by telling you about just one of the artisans in Haiti.   “Natascha recently moved out of a tent.  She has three children and works to pay for their education. She has bought land and hopes to begin building a family home.”  What a privilege it can be to help Natascha succeed.

Gwen Phillips

Posted by gwen phillips at 11:36 AM
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