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!

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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.

Women in Technology Conference

Earlier this month, the SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference held their second annual event in Washington, DC where the subject of technology as a force for positive change in women’s lives around the world was discussed and debated by a wide range of policy experts.

 “Technology in Action: Changing the Way Women Live and Work” gathered a group of development specialists from the private, public and non-profit sectors for a day-long conference to examine how technology is promoting women’s economic empowerment in the developing world.

 Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, spoke about the work that UNF is doing in the developing world. Their research shows that when women are economically empowered, entire communities benefit. Jobs increase women’s earnings, help boost self-confidence and bargaining power at home, and delay early marriage and pregnancy. When women earn, society as a whole benefits, through increased investments in children’s schooling and health, reduced poverty for all and enhanced aspirations for the next generation of girls and women, UNF’s research shows. Technology can help this process in myriad ways, Calvin said.

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Kathy Calvin kicks off annual conference with keynote speech 

Christopher Burns, a Senior Advisor and Team Lead for Mobile Access at USAID, said that issues around technology aren’t gender neutral in the developing world when it comes to women’s empowerment.

“We need to make sure access to mobile technology, and the services that they bring to rural women, are geared to the poor and readily available,” he said. Under this banner, he spoke about how rural women in regions as diverse as Sub-Saharan Africa and South America are using mobile phones for a wide range of services from banking to health care to which they had little access before the availability of mobile technology.  Cell phones – even the most basic models – are allowing women to transmit critical pregnancy data to regional health centers to make sure babies are developing on target and also allowing fairly sophisticated micro-finance programs to be conducted via mobile networks.

 Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow at UNF, said that basic cell phones are giving rural women the privacy they need to participate in microfinance schemes. In many societies and cultures, poor women are pressured into giving away hard-gotten profits from micro-finance schemes.  Studies have shown that men and women act differently when credit is allocated to poor individuals so business outcomes often are not as positive for women. But the mobile phone can change that.

 Jalak Jobanputra, Managing Partner at FuturePerfect Ventures, an impact investment venture capital firm, said she was very encouraged by the use of technology in general in the developing world, and mobile phones specifically for women. She said she has seen a significant increase in the use of mobile devices by women conducting a multitude of business transactions in Africa in a short period of time.  “This will only increase as mobile literacy flourishes,” she said, “and that’s a very good thing.”  She said the question of affordability still needs to be addressed while content has to be adapted to particular countries to make it locally relevant for women across the global.

 Most conference participants agreed that there is not a one-size-fits-all technology policy that is workable for women’s empowerment so that programs of support must be adjusted for individual markets to make it a success.  

Snowstorm Essentials

 

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February is the month of love, although it might be difficult to love every aspect of it, especially the weather. Rather than hating on the current state of things, try to embrace the cold weather and recurring snowstorms by staying warm and keeping a positive attitude. 

Here’s what might help:

1)   Alpaca Shawl

2)   Hearts For Change Keychain

3)   White Fair Trade Felt Calla Lilly

4)   Hot Chocolate

5)   Beaded Heart Picture Stand

6)   Pastel Knotted Silk Necklace

7)   Recycled Sari Silk Tote

8)   Bold Brass Bangle

9)   Fair Trade Felt Flower

10) Hug Your Valentine

 

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Th(E) Bracelet: Educate. Empower.

Th(E) Bracelet

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What’s the story behind these beautiful bracelets? >> Th(E) bracelet is an initiative that aims to improve and provide educational opportunities for women in rural areas of Guatemala. The project came to be through a partnership between Global Goods Partners and Paola Pullin, a senior at Barnard College. A Guatemalan native, Paola had always been appalled by the significant levels of poverty and lack of education in her country, mainly among girls in the rural areas. Thus, she set about looking for contributors that would help her turn these girls’ dream of pursuing a proper education into a reality.

How it works >> All bracelets are produced by young artisanal craftswomen employed by GGP Partner, Kiej de los Bosques, in rural Guatemala. Every 16 bracelets sold will provide one year of education for a young girl in this region. The profits generated by the sale of Th(E) bracelet on the GGP website and elsewhere, are channeled back to the girls who made them as an educational scholarship that covers half of their annual tuition. The other half, the girls pay themselves with the income they receive from producing the bracelets.

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Girls Education and Impact of Project >> Th(E) bracelet’s main goal is to contribute to the common good by educating and simultaneously empowering women. The project seeks to create opportunities for these women so that next generations of Guatemalan women thrive and become active members of their society. With your help, Th(E) bracelet hopes to fund as many scholarships as possible to further the role of women in Guatemala and in the world.

Targeting education is so important to this project because it helps resolve other issues that stem from high levels of illiteracy and in turn, perpetuate the cycle of poverty and disease. When women are educated, their labor opportunities increase, as well as their quality of life. Th(E) bracelet not only provides them with an education, but also with the opportunity of having a stable source of income, which comes from the craftwork and labor production of the bracelet.

With a source of income, women’s purchasing power increases and parallel to it, their economic independence. Economic independence gives women autonomy within their households and helps alleviate the problem of male supremacy, which is predominant in the rural areas of Guatemala. Most importantly, women are found to reinvest back to their families more than men do. By empowering a woman and increasing her purchasing power, she is better able to provide for her children and seek the best opportunities for them. Thus, the benefits of helping one woman trickle down to her children and to the community they form a part of. Initiatives like these are key to producing sustainable change, not only in Guatemala, but in other developing countries as well.

SHOP TH(E) BRACELET >>> 

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Holiday Gift Guide

Global Goods Partners has got everyone on your list covered! This year, try something new with meaningful gifts that will make a difference, not only to those who are receiving them, but also to those involved in the process of making them. Support fair trade and motivate others to do so as well. By giving these great gifts you are teaching your children, friends and other loved ones the value of ethical consumerism.

Here are some Global Goods Partners gift suggestions:

For your kids

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Felt Snowman Ornament, Felt Reindeer Ornament, Alpaca Baby Hat and Booties, Animal Bag for Kids, Handmade Holiday Teddy Bear, Felt Holiday Stockings

For your teenage daughter/niece 

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Purple Friendship Bracelet SetMidnight Beaded Wrap Bracelet, Purple Silk Scarf, Ikat Crossbody Bag with Leather Trim, Silver Beaded Double Wrap Bracelet, String Bracelet 

For you mother-in-law

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Aluminum Grass Weave Bowl, Green Floral Silk Journal, Indian Block Print Apron, Alpaca Shawl, Beaded Snowflake Holiday Ornaments, Hand Painted Star Ornament Set.

For your best friend 

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Bright Alpaca Shawl, Afghan Jewel Tone Chain Purse, Education Blossoms Gift Set, Bright Woven Grass Tray, Beaded Angel Ornament, Silk Knotted Necklaces.