CLINTON — Organizers of the Fair Trade Shop at Stone Presbyterian Church, 8 S. Park Row, say spring is time to think of gardens, and now Geo Gourd Birdhouses are available at the shop.
Geo Gourd Birdhouses are made by Peruvian artisans using mates burilados (gourd burning), traditions passed down through the generations, and colored by hand with natural dyes and flame. Each purchase creates a sustainable livelihood and hopeful outlook for some of Peru’s poorest residents.
Also at the shop are metal watering cans handmade in India from partially recycled iron sheets, that are functional and have vintage-inspired decorative appeal. They are cut and welded by hand, then stamped and finished in antiqued green and gold tones.
Purchases help artisans break the cycle of poverty and preserve a part of Indian culture at risk of being lost. These and many, many more unique handmade items are featured in the Fair Trade Shop.
The store also features a large selection of baskets, jewelry, collectibles, wood items, chocolate and food items, clothing and toys from 38 different countries. Purchasing fair trade ensures artisans and small farmers fair wages and healthy working conditions, providing dignity, sustainable development and hope to marginalized people. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month.
For more information, contact Lauralyn Kolb, firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-725-1326, visit www.stonepres.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stonepres.