Partners

Cross Culture Market works with missionaries and other humanitarian organizations to stock our store. Our partners run programs that save women from trafficking, give hope to orphans with HIV/AIDS, and correct other social injustices. The products sold in our store are handcrafted by native people who earn a fair wage and work in safe, clean environments.


Current partners include:

2nd Story Goods
2nd Story Goods, an arm of Much Ministries, fulfills two intentions: In Haiti, they are on the ground nurturing the growth and development of an inspiring group of artisans and entrepreneurs. In the U.S., they market the goods these artists make to help them proudly generate income. Learn more at www.2ndstorygoods.org.

African Hope Crafts
African Hope Crafts has a mission of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ by addressing the spiritual and physical needs of the people of South Africa. African Hope Crafts works to empower those suffering from HIV/AIDS by providing skills, education, support and jobs. They produce beautiful and unique jewelry. Learn more at www.africanhopecrafts.org.

Choices for Growth
Choices for Growth seeks to improve economic development in Africa, India and Cambodia by giving small rural crafters access to Western markets. Assistance is given to the crafter in ways to raise the quality/viability of their work to reach the standard that the larger market will bear. Choices for Growth arranges with artisans/artisan groups who produce their work in a humane, environmentally safe way to market their products in the US and UK. Choices for Growth work with crafters directly to eliminate middle men and provide the artists the maximum possible earnings for their work.

Equal Exchange
Equal Exchange’s mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through its success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world. Learn more at www.equalexchange.coop.

Global Mamas
Global Mamas reduces the economic inequality of women by significantly increasing wages and generating new jobs through the production and export of fair trade products. This in turn improves the standard of living for women, their families, and the larger community. They believe helping women gain financial independence is the most effective way to create prosperous communities. Learn more at www.GlobalMamas.org.

Grain of Rice
Grain of Rice Project works to provide opportunities to people in Kibera to help them overcome some of their hardships. It is a non-profit ministry, which seeks to empower Kenyan people with the love of Christ by helping them become self-sufficient through the sale of the handcrafted products they create. It also provides financial support for students to complete their education. Learn more about them at www.grainofriceproject.org.

Hands of Hope
Domestic violence aimed at women is the norm in Kyrgyzstan. Upwards of 40% of marriages are forced upon unwilling women who are kidnapped and held hostage until they comply. Many of these marriages end in abuse, rape and other violence. Hands of Hope provides a safe shelter and other services to these victims of domestic violence. They train leaders to fight such abuse and advocate for women. Learn more at www.handsofhopehandicrafts.com

Hearts & Hands
Hearts & Hands in China employs young deaf people who, stigmatized by Chinese society, would otherwise struggle to make a living. Workers are all deaf or disabled and are able to learn useful life skills in a friendly environment. Hearts & Hands hopes by providing this environment the artisans will realize “plans that will prosper and not harm them, plans for a hope and a future.” They produce handmade toys and dolls, stationery, home decor, and personal accessories. Learn more at www.heartsandhandschina.com.

Heavenly Treasures
Heavenly Treasures' mission is to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity. They focus on handicraft projects that allow the development of a micro enterprise, leading toward the path to self-sufficiency. The Heavenly Treasures Network consists of 50+ micro enterprise livelihood projects in 17 countries. Learn more at www.heavenlytreasures.org.


Iris Arts
Iris Arts is a self-help project created by Iris Global, a Christian NGO which exists to participate in bringing the Kingdom of God to earth in all its aspects, but most especially through their particular calling to serve the very poor: the destitute, the lost, the broken and the forgotten. Iris is a holistic ministry which includes evangelism, Bible Schools, medical clinics, primary and secondary schools, farming, vocational training, church planting, bush conferences, counseling, child sponsorship and in the future, a university in Pemba for the poor! Learn more at www.irisglobal.org.


LIFE International

The mission of LIFE International is to partner globally with Gospel leaders to multiply life-giving ministry wherever abortion exists, i.e., saving preborn lives, healing broken hearts, and proclaiming the infinite value of God's Image in all people. Learn more at lifeinternational.com.


Mayan Hands
Mayan Hands is a Fair Trade organization partnering with talented Mayan weavers in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish. Purchases of products allow talented weavers to make a modest but regular income with which they can feed their families, send their children to school, and harbor dreams for a better future. They produce natural fiber baskets, toys, and accessories. Learn more at www.mayanhands.org.

Napada

Napada handbags are handcrafted by women living in low-income communities in Bangkok, Thailand. These women are working to improve the lives of their families and learning the truths of God. Napada provides a creative outlet for these women while seeing them come to know and love how they are a part of God’s great creation and plan. Learn more at www.napadathailand.com.


Rahab's Rope
Rahab's Rope is a non-profit corporation that exists to give hope and opportunity to women and girls that are at risk or have been forced into the commercial sex trade of India. By creating a safe and loving environment, they are enabled to grow and develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Their work provides basic education and vocational training for each girl and woman who come through their centers, ultimately allowing them to integrate into their communities in a positive and constructive manner. Sale proceeds support the work of this organization. Learn more at www.rahabsrope.com.

Sak Saum
Started in 2007, Sak Saum is a ministry that offers rescue, rehabilitation and restoration to vulnerable and exploited women in Cambodia who have experienced firsthand the devastation of trafficking. Their desire is to help the abused, the underprivileged, the desperate – those unseen by the majority of humanity but worthy of being deeply loved. A ministry of In His Steps International (www.ihsionline.org), Sak Saum addresses the issues of human trafficking and exploitation in holistic, practical and compassionate ways. Learn more at www.saksaum.com.

Shea Yeleen
Shea Yeleen is a non-profit organization that sells high quality, unrefined shea butter products. Shea Yeleen International's mission is to promote sustainable economic development in rural sub-Saharan Africa, empower and train women-owned shea butter cooperatives, and educate consumers in the U.S. about natural beauty care products and fair trade. They produce body butters and balms, soaps, and lip balm. Learn more at www.sheayeleen.org.

Starfish Project
Starfish Project empowers exploited women in Asia. It houses them and provides opportunities for healing and growth through counseling, vocational training, language acquisition, family education grants and health care access. As of 2013, the Project had grown to support approximately 50 women, primarily through the jewelry company where participants take on new levels of responsibility and leadership, and are able to provide for their families through meaningful employment. Learn more at www.starfish-project.com.

Teen Challenge International
Teen Challenge is a faith-based organization offering Christ-centered solutions to those struggling with life-controlling problems, such as addiction. The sale of jewelry made by those in the program is one means of raising support and transforming lives. Learn more at www.teenchallengeusa.com.

Thai Village
Thai Village Inc. is a non-profit organization, started with assistance from WELS Kingdom Workers. They seek to develop long-term Christian relationships with artisans, and to encourage self-sufficiency by providing opportunities for vocational training and higher education, made possible by not-for-profit craft sales. They produce a large variety of unique handmade jewelry, personal accessories, stationery, and home decor. Products are available for sale in Thailand and the US. Learn more at www.thaivillage.org.

Uganda Orphans Fund
Founded in 2002 Uganda Orphans Fund rescues and cares for Ugandan orphans and other vulnerable children. The AIDS epidemic and war with the LRA rebel army have left more than 2.5 million orphans in this country which is two-thirds the size of Montana. UOF has built more than 30 orphan homes since its inception, including Kasozi Village which is complete with four orphan homes, staff quarters, its own school, clinic, church and farm. Here, 25 staff members teach and care for 150 orphans from three different Ugandan Districts. UOF also buys beaded jewelry from Ugandan widows, providing them a market in America. The women are able to provide for their families, and UOF uses the proceeds from the sale of the jewelry to directly benefit the orphans in its homes. Learn more about Uganda Orphans Fund at www.ugandaorphans.com.

Wild Hope International
Wild Hope International’s mission is to empower emerging leaders through God’s love to step into their destiny as His children and transform communities and the world. While there many facets to Wild Hope’s work, it serves as a business incubator for 160 women who create jewelry and home decor using traditional beadwork. The money earned from the sale of these creations allows each artist to support her family. Learn more at www.wildhopeinternational.org.

Women's Bean Project
Women's Bean Project’s mission is to change women's lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. Women's Bean Project employs chronically unemployed and impoverished women through transitional employment and helps them earn the job readiness, interpersonal and life skills to create a new future - for themselves, their families, our community and our economy. For more information, go to www.womensbeanproject.com.



Cross Culture Market is always seeking new missionary and humanitarian organization partners. Learn more by emailing us at crossculturemarket@gmail.org or call us at (518) 756-9091.