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Homes in Rwanda

This is the third post in a series about the United Nations Development Goals, seventeen benchmarks for eradicating global poverty within 15 years, set by the United Nations in September 2015. Through our fair trade partnerships with organizations working on the ground in the developing world, Global Handmade Hope is working hard to alleviate global poverty, and we’re proud to be a part of the movement to make sure these goals are met.

Today, we’ll discuss goals 7, 8, and 9.


GOAL SEVEN: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.


Outdated methods of providing energy (including coal, wood, charcoal, animal waste) are the biggest contributors to our warming planet. Encouraging sustainable energy production is necessary to slow the effects of climate change, and thanks to the jobs produced by these industries, it is also a major driver of economic growth. That’s why we’re happy to encourage our partners to produces their pieces in facilities that are powered by sustainable energy sources such as wind or solar. The communities that utilize these types of energy sources have seen an increase in wages, better health, higher school enrollment among children, and widespread access to electricity and clean water.


GOAL EIGHT: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all.


This is what fair trade is all about. Half the world’s population still lives on less than $2 per day. They’re employed, but they’re woefully underpaid. Fair trade aims to provide sustainable, just wages for the work done by artisans, farmers, and makers. Every single product on our site promotes this goal. We’re not going to highlight any particular partner for this goal, because they’re all working hard to make this one a reality. You can shop for any item in our store, and you can rest assured that you’re doing your part to promote inclusive and sustainable employment for all.


GOAL NINE: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.


Infrastructure comprises transportation, irrigation, energy, and information technology - all things that we take for granted in the US, but are lacking in many parts of the developing world. Reliable, well-maintained infrastructure increases access to healthcare and education, leading to better economic outcomes in impoverished communities. While none of our partners are working directly on infrastructure projects, we do work with many organizations in dense, urban areas, where the impact of poor infrastructure is often highest. For example, our partners in Kenya, works with residents of the Kibera slums, where makeshift infrastructure is commonplace. By providing well-paying jobs, our partners are helping to lift the entire community. In addition, we recently partnered with Care Peru, an NGO in Peru, to provide flood relief and rebuild the infrastructure destroyed in the flooding. Care Peru focuses on the following initiatives:

  • Water and Sanitation
  • Education
  • Health, Food Security, and Nutrition
  • Climate Change
  • Economic Development
  • Emergencies and Risk Management


Fair trade practices touch the lives of so many individuals in various ways. You are the one who makes our work possible. You are the one who is improving the lives of families all over the world when you shop at our store. Thank you for supporting our artisans with your purchases.

This Mother’s Day we hope you will consider purchasing a gift for your mom that will also benefit another mother and her family. Wishing you a wonderful day! Shop for Mom

 Mother and Daughter in Guatemala

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