07 Sep
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Turning Handmade Textiles Into Home Decor Pillows

This article originates from Cultural Cloth, by Angie Brown. Sometimes in the past we would meet artisans who made beautiful handmade weavings or amazingly detailed embroideries but they did not have the resources to take these handmade pieces and make them into pillows and home décor that we could sell in our shop. They didn’t […]

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30 Jun
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Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop Opens in Berkeley Springs

Good things comes in small packages, and GREAT things come in ITTY BITTY packages!  The recent move of the UPAVIM Crafts warehouse from Maryland to the spa and art vacation town of Berkeley Springs, WV,  afforded the opportunity for a small retail site … thus the Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop was born. As late […]

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14 Mar
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Fair Trade Empowers Women

Source: Fair Trade Winds Fair Trade Winds is a family-run retail store with seven locations across the country. We offer certified fair trade and environmentally sustainable products supporting artisans, farmers, and craftspeople from all over the globe. Facts about Women’s Rights Women bear the responsibility of collecting water for their families, and can spend up […]

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04 Mar
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The Path Often Traveled – Why Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Find Fair Trade

When a Peace Corps volunteer returns from spending two years working overseas with counterparts struggling to earn a sustainable living, it’s not uncommon for the RPCV to end up involved in Fair Trade. Source: The Path Often Traveled – Why Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Find Fair Trade   Mary Joan Ferrara set off for Botswana […]

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25 Nov
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Support #FairTuesday

When is Fair Tuesday? Fair Tuesday is December 2, 2014. Instead of doing your shopping on Black Friday, skip the crowds and wait for Tuesday! What is Fair Tuesday? #FairTuesday is an ethical shopping initiative created in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The goal of #FairTuesday is to inspire conscious consumerism and show […]

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26 Aug
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Global Village, Peroria Heights, IL

As a new feature of our blog, we will be featuring one of our retail partners each month. We encourage you to visit and support our partners in their businesses as their support is vital to the success of UPAVIM Crafts and the organization as a whole! Global Village is a not-for-profit retail store in Peoria Heights, IL. We are all volunteer staff–our board of directors and our shop volunteers.

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21 Aug
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Top 10 Reasons to Shop Fair Trade for Back to School

Some people might think of fair trade as simply a marketing ploy used to sell more products, but we know that when we buy fair trade products from fully committed fair trade organizations, they truly have a positive impact on the people who make them and their families and communities. In case you need a […]

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14 Oct
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The NGO List

I recently discovered a great new website (rather, I should say, this great new website discovered UPAVIM) The NGO List. The NGO List is a website dedicated to promoting volunteer opportunities around the world. According to their site, [highlight type=”light”]The NGO List is designed to help would-be volunteers become the real thing. Here you can […]

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