World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

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July 30th marks the United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The international holiday is held for the purpose of educating people around the world about the gravity and prevalence of human trafficking. According to Free the Slaves, there are between 21 and 30 million men, women, and children currently enslaved. Slavery is illegal in every country; nonetheless, people are captured and sold as slaves in almost every country around the world. This makes the human trafficking industry is the second largest illegal industry in the world ranked only behind the drug trafficking industry.

Most modern-day slaves come from Eastern Europe and the global south, where high rates of poverty, low rates of literacy and education, and a lack or absence of women’s rights make millions vulnerable. However, millions of impoverished men, women, and children in wealthy nations will also fall victim to trafficking every year.

Women and girls are most frequently targeted as slaves, making up 75% of trafficked persons. Often, they are sold into the illegal sex trade, where they have no access to healthcare, wages, or education. Many of Global Goods’ partners, including Destiny Reflection, Friends International, and Borderline, work tirelessly to reduce the risk of sex trafficking in their communities.

Efforts are made around the world to end human trafficking. The first step that everyone can take in putting a stop to this illegal and inhumane business is by becoming educated about it. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Free the Slaves provide information about trafficking, and what can be done to end it. You can spread this information and show your support for victims of trafficking through UNODC’s social media campaign. And of course, you can directly support those vulnerable to trafficking, and discourage big business from using slave labor, by buying fair trade.

Global Goods: Cambodian Cooking

This week, we at Global Goods took to the kitchen and got to work whipping up some Cambodian treats, taken from the Friends International Cookbook: From Spiders to Water Lilies! This Cambodian cookbook, filled with dozens of delicious (and adventurous) recipes, was created by Friends-International, a non-profit organization that aims to rehabilitate street children in Phnom Penh. Friends-International has established a restaurant and culinary school that provides impoverished or homeless teenagers with valuable job training and opportunities in the service industry.

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We’re sharing with you the simple yet scrumptious Caramelised Rice Pudding recipe, topped with fresh fruit. This recipe, known in Khmer as bai damnaub nom treab chia mui sko tnaut (say that three times fast!), requires 7 ingredients, plus as much fruit as you’d like to add. You will need:

  • 500g white sticky rice (soaked in cold water for 30 minutes)
  • 500ml coconut cream
  • 100g white sugar
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp grated lime peel
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 to 6 tbsp palm sugar syrup*
  • Fresh tropical fruit, such as dragon fruit, mango, pineapple, and papaya (or substitute these with seasonal, local fruits)

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Begin by soaking the rice and then grating the lime. Doing these steps first will save you a lot of time and will keep things organized.

After you’ve soaked the rice, steam it for about 30 minutes, or until cooked. Set aside to cool. In a wok or pan, bring coconut cream to a boil, add white sugar, desiccated coconut, vanilla, lime peel, and salt, and simmer for about 2 minutes. Add cooled rice and stir frequently on medium heat until all the liquid is mixed into the rice.

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Spread mixture onto a greased baking tray, let cool for a few minutes, and then refrigerate. You can refrigerate the pudding for as long as you want–we let it cool for about over an hour. After the pudding has cooled, cut it into slices and drizzle it with palm sugar syrup. Top it off with some fresh fruit, and you’re ready to eat!

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The cookbook features dozens more recipes, from fish soups to fried tarantulas (seriously.) You can purchase this book, and other Friends-International products, on our site.

Try out this recipe over the weekend, and tell us what you think!

*We couldn’t find palm sugar syrup, but we found palm sugar. To make it into syrup, add a few tablespoons a pan, add water, and bring to a boil. Stir the mixture until it becomes thick. Voilà! Syrup!

 

 

 

 

International Co-operative Day 2014

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Today marks the 92nd International Co-operative Day, originally created by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) in 1922 and adopted by the United Nations in 1994. A cooperative is an association that has been democratically founded and owned by individuals or groups who voluntarily work together for their mutual socio-economic benefit. According to the International Co-operative Alliance, “concern for the community is one of the co-operative movement’s founding values,” and therefore this year’s holiday theme is “Co-operative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all.” The ICA wishes to raise awareness of the global progress that can be made through cooperatives, and promote cooperatives as leaders of economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

To learn more about the International Co-operative Day, and about ICA, visit their website or read a summary of the holiday from the UN.

4th of July with GGP!

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At Global Goods, our favorite way to celebrate independence is by spreading it to others–that’s why we’re having a fair trade 4th of July! We’re pairing our stripes with Aayenda stars, and bringing the fireworks home in brilliant handwoven trays. Even our grills are getting the fair trade treatment, with the help of some delicious Cambodian recipes! The purchase of any of these items improves the lives of hardworking women and men in developing nations, so this year, shop fair trade and help spread your holiday happiness around the world!

New Partner: Aayenda Jewelry

Global Goods Partners is proud to announce our exciting new collaboration with the stellar Afghanistan-based organization, Aayenda Jewelry! Aayenda is an artisan jewelry line that was founded in 2013 as a way to create jobs for young Afghan men and women. Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 11.10.31 AM

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Father’s Day Gifts 2014

Father’s Day is right around the corner! Make this year extra special for Dad by giving him a unique gift from Global Goods Partners. A fair trade gift is the gift that keeps on giving: you’ll be making an impact while making Dad’s day—it’s a win-win situation all around!

We’ve compiled a few quintessential Father’s Day gift options. You simply can’t go wrong with any of them!

Handmade Silk Tie & Men’s Bolivian Woven Wallet:

Is Dad in need of a wardrobe update? Help him out with a sleek silk tie or a handsome leather wallet. He can look good while supporting fair trade—what’s more stylish than that?

Is Dad in need of a wardrobe update? Help him out with a sleek silk tie or a handsome leather wallet. He can look good while supporting fair trade—what’s more stylish than that?

Rice Bag Eco-Apron:

Summertime means that the grill is out and Dad is cookin’. Make your next family barbeque a responsible one by having Dad don an eco-friendly, ethically made apron. (Bonus: it’s easy to clean!)

Summertime means that the grill is out and Dad is cookin’. Make your next family barbeque a responsible one by having Dad don an eco-friendly, ethically made apron. (Bonus: it’s easy to clean!)

Men’s Duffle Bag:

Whether he’s traveling for work or pleasure, Dad needs luggage he can rely on. Our men’s duffle bag is made from recycled materials and has a ton of space (and plenty of pockets) without the bulk.

Whether he’s traveling for work or pleasure, Dad needs luggage he can rely on. Our men’s duffle bag is made from recycled materials and has a ton of space (and plenty of pockets) without the bulk.

Make sure to check out our website for even more Father’s Day gift ideas!

Graduation Gifts 2014

This month, students all across the country, whether they are in high school or law school, will be graduating. After years of education, independence, and growth, our graduates will be entering their next chapter of life with imaginative and determined eyes towards the future—so what better way to celebrate than with a gift that makes a lasting impact? Global Goods Partners has put together a list of our Top Gifts for Top Grads, so that you can find the perfect way to say “Congratulations!” to a student that’s ready to get out there and start building a better world.

     For the Explorer: Recycled Materials Passport Holder

This sturdy passport holder, made from 100% recycled materials, will not only provide your favorite adventurer with a stylish way to (hopefully!) keep track of her most important travel item, it will also provide women in Cambodia with a fair salary and an improved standard of living!

This sturdy passport holder, made from 100% recycled materials, will not only provide your favorite adventurer with a stylish way to (hopefully!) keep track of her most important travel item, it will also provide women in Cambodia with a fair salary and an improved standard of living!

 For the Style Lover: String Bracelets 

Appeal to your beloved fashion maven’s good taste with a stylish and meaningful gift. These colorful bracelets come from Guatemala, where women artisans work hard to improve their communities. The bracelets tell a story about the artisans, and are therefore perfect for someone who values fashion as a form of self-expression.

Appeal to your beloved fashion maven’s good taste with a stylish and meaningful gift. These colorful bracelets come from Guatemala, where women artisans work hard to improve their communities. The bracelets tell a story about the artisans, and are therefore perfect for someone who values fashion as a form of self-expression.

For the Tech Buff: Striped Cotton iPad Case

For the first person you call when your computer doesn’t start up, this iPad case could not be a more excellent gift. They already have the latest and greatest electronics—now all they are missing are some chic accessories! This case was woven with expertise by Mayan women, who are able to get an education and feed their families through the sales of products such as this one.

For the first person you call when your computer doesn’t start up, this iPad case could not be a more excellent gift. They already have the latest and greatest electronics—now all they are missing are some chic accessories! This case was woven with expertise by Mayan women, who are able to get an education and feed their families through the sales of products such as this one.