Please join us as our new space at 625 W. Adams is transformed into an international market! More than thirty different vendors will display beautiful and unique products created by artisans from as far away as East Africa and Central America to as near as the West Side of Chicago.
While this “alternative market” offers us a chance to get an early start on holiday shopping, the Solidarity Market is so much more than a holiday craft fair. The Solidarity Market at Old St. Pat’s is another expression of our desire for kinship along with our desire to promote, whenever we are able, the economic equity of our sisters and brothers throughout the world.
Our Market vendors and exhibitors have been selected because of their commitment to:
• fighting poverty and transforming lives through job training and worker justice
• creating entrepreneurial opportunities for people often denied access to markets
• being good stewards of the earth’s resources
Our support of the Solidarity Market is another opportunity for us to live out our commitment to “Care for Our Common Home.”
In addition to the special items our vendors will have for sale, they will be delighted to share with you the stories of the people they work with, including their struggles and successes. Please stop by 625 W. Adams and meet these remarkable people and learn about their efforts to create a better world!
2018 Solidarity Market Vendor Profiles
Abbey Brown Soap Artisan
We are committed to making only the purest of products to nourish the skin. They are all handcrafted in small batches of pure pressed olive oil, infused with our homegrown herbs and botanicals. We are local manufacturers located in the West Loop where we make all our products using ingredients from local organic farmers whenever possible. We are women owned and operated. Old-fashioned integrity is our guiding principle and each of our products is made with good intention.
Products: Olive oil soaps, products for skin and well-being
Blossom Inspirations works directly with Peruvian artisans that craft hand-carved gourd Christmas ornaments, recycled horn jewelry, hand-knit plush toys and embroidered belts. All of our products are certified fair trade, eco-friendly and are signed by the artisans who fashion them. We personally know each of our artisans, have visited them in their homes, met their families and find ways to support them and their trade.
Products: Christmas ornaments, jewelry, hand-knit plush toys, embroidered belts
Bright Endeavors candles light the way for young moms and their kids. Our paid job training program creates employment opportunities that allow young moms to open doors to a successful future. 100% of proceeds support our mission. All of our products are proudly handmade in Chicago and contain no phthalates or lead. Bright Endeavors. Light a candle. Transform a life.
Products: Soy candles
Canaan Fair Trade
Canaan Fair Trade is a network of 49 cooperatives with a membership of over 1,700 farm families. Canaan Fair Trade brings organic, fair trade products crafted with pride by Palestinian farmers living in the occupied West Bank. This project benefits more than 10,000 Palestinians living in difficult circumstances.
Products: Organic olive oils, maftoul (couscous), za’atar (herb blend), spreads and olives
The CAUSEGEAR→ and MADE BY FREE WOMEN→ brands are quality handcrafted apparel and accessories, made free. Every purchase supports a day of freedom for your crafter from human trafficking, slavery, and poverty through a self-sustaining job.
Products: Handcrafted apparel and accessories
Chicago Fair Trade
Chicago Fair Trade (CFT) is the largest fair trade coalition in the USA, comprised of a dedicated base of member businesses, educational institutions, congregations, non-profit organizations, and individual activists. CFT is proud to be a local and national leader in building support for fair trade. This year, CFT is partnering with Greenola Style to bring you eco-friendly jewelry and luxurious hats, scarves and mittens made from the finest baby alpacas from Bolivia as well as Kenyan jewelry.
Products: Jewelry, hats, scarves, mittens
Fabretto Children’s Foundation
La Familia Padre Fabretto enables impoverished Nicaraguan children and their families in underserved communities to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential with programs that promote nutrition, health and education, community and character building. Fabretto helps support the families by marketing the products they produce and providing them with sustainable work. 100% of the proceeds return to Fabretto in Nicaragua.
Products: Pine needle baskets, wood puzzles, coffee, jewelry
Fairgrass sells fair trade baskets from Ghana, Uganda, South Africa and Guatemala, as well as Elephant poop paper from Sri Lanka. We also sell Haitian drum art and ornaments from around the world. We are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation and Chicago Fair Trade.
Products: Baskets, ornaments, drum art, and more
Faith in Place
Faith in Place inspires religious people of diverse faiths to care for the Earth through education, connection, and advocacy. With outreach staff working across the state and offices located in Chicago, Lake County, and Central Illinois, Faith in Place inspires faithful people throughout Illinois to protect our common land, water, and air through our four program areas: Energy & Climate Change, Sustainable Food & Land Use, Water Preservation, and Advocacy.
We are committed to working with individual skilled artisans to make handbags and accessories often out of eco-friendly materials like bamboo, re-purposed horn, recycled plastic bags. Most items are made in small quantities and some are one-of-a-kind. We provide opportunities for the artisans who often work out of their own home while earning a fair wage. Products are made in Columbia and Vietnam.
Products: Handbags and accessories
Global Handmade Hope
Global Handmade Hope is a faith-based company that works in Kenya, Rwanda, Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, India and Haiti. Our goal is to empower artisans to care for their families and to help provide for orphans and vulnerable children. If you are interested in mission trips or becoming involved with our non-profit, Glory Projects, please contact us. With your support, we can break the cycle of poverty and help individuals fulfill their God-given destinies.
Products: Accessories and gifts, including nativities, ornaments, jewelry, scarves, finger puppets, pillowcases, and aprons
Gracias Fair Trade
Grateful for all we have received, we work to provide people living in poverty with good jobs and fair wages. The artisans whose crafts we sell work to make their families’ and neighbors’ lives safer, healthier, and happier. Conscious of our footprints, we walk together to transform our beautiful planet into a place where all life can thrive. Better work for a better world.
Products: Warm alpaca winter wear (hats, gloves, glittens, scarves, ponchos, shawls) from Bolivia. Alpaca socks from Peru. Blessing bowls made from recycled bicycle spokes from India. Bread warmers from Bangladesh.
Grain of Rice Project
Grain of Ride Project (GORP) is a ministry that was started in 2013 by two Hoosier sisters. GORP seeks to empower Kenyans through employment and educational opportunities. Currently, GORP employs 25 artisans who create jewelry, bags, housewares, and accessories using mostly recycled and scrap materials. GORP is based in Kibera Slum, which houses approximately 250,000 people in a 1.5 square mile area. GORP also supports a child sponsorship program, an after-school program, and a teen soccer team ministry.
Products: Jewelry, bags, housewares, accessories
Greenheart Shop showcases a curated selection of fair trade, eco-friendly and local social enterprise products. Our heirloom quality fair trade products are perfect for gifts and personal shopping. Find unique stocking stuffers for everyone on your list from our collection of socks, kids toys, frames, chocolates, and more! Our own wholesale line, Sobremesa, features hand painted pottery from Tunisia, loom woven towels from Guatemala and hand carved wooden bowls from Peru.
Products: Kitchen & more items, gifts, kids toys, winter accessories, food
Hope Initiative NFP
Hope Initiative is devoted to bringing creative, empowering educational opportunities to Nepal’s disadvantaged. Products include rural computer centers, handicraft product and artisan development, scholarships for disadvantaged youth and a home for children orphaned through violence. Founded by a University of Notre Dame faculty member, Hope sells a variety of fair trade handicrafts with 100% of proceeds supporting our charitable work. All Hope products are fair trade and handmade in Nepal by cooperative groups developed and guided by Hope.
Products: Scarves and hats, felt trivets, block and printed bed covers, jewelry and recycled rice bag totes, Himalayan mountain jewelry, abstract art totes, pillows, fabric designed by an area artist, handwoven pashmina knit scarves
Our philosophy is to collaborate with indigenous peoples to help them sustain their livelihood by keeping their craftsmanship and creativity alive. The Mayan Collection showcases the colorful, intricate beadwork of the Mayan Indians in Guatemala. The intricately designed bracelets are handmade by women combining Czech glass beads. We provide these skilled artisans with much needed supplies, including eyeglasses, backpacks and school supplies.
Products: One-of-a-kind handmade designs of sterling silver pendants, earrings and rings, combined with semiprecious stones, rayon tops, the parachute dress/skirt, and other hip multifunctional styles
Malia Designs is a fair trade company with a social mi
Products: Handbags, scarves, and accessories
Sandpiper Imports, Inc.
As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Sandpiper Imports is focused on building equitable, long-term relationships with our artisans in Bali, Indonesia. In keeping with internationally recognized fair trade principles, we’re helping create economic sustainability for a small silversmith community and their families. Products are a unique, classic collection of handcrafted .925 sterling silver jewelry that reflects the traditional craftsmanship and creativity of Balinese artisans. Each piece was designed by the artisans themselves and made in Bali, Indonesia.
Products: Earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets
Sobremesa by Greenheart is a fair trade lifestyle brand inspired by a gathering of friends and lively conversation that accompanies a delicious meal. Made by blending traditional techniques with a modern aesthetic, each handcrafted product is designed to sustain the environment and the skilled artisans who made it. Sobremesa features hand painted pottery from Tunisia, loom woven towels from Guatemala and hand carved wooden bowls from Peru. Our heirloom quality fair trade products are perfect for gifts and personal shopping.
Products: Kitchen accessories, ceramics, wooden cutting boards, Alpaca throws, hand poured candles
Soko Space is a fair trade company that works with African American women’s cooperatives, community based organizations, and individuals to produce handmade, sustainable crafts and art. A portion of Soko Space sales benefits community library and art programs through the Global Alliance for Africa.
Products: Leather and woven bags, natural fiber baskets, recycled glass objects, jewelry, and textiles made by artisans of Kenya, Morocco, Ethiopia and Turkey.
beelove© products help people with significant barriers to employment, particularly returning citizens. These individuals establish a work history, learn productive work habits, and gain marketable skills. Some of the skills acquired include assembly line, packaging and distribution experience, food handler certification, and customer service and product specialist expertise. From the bees to your lips, beelove© honey and honey-infused skin care products change lives with the help of nature’s sweetness. Changing lives one jar of honey at a time.
Products: All natural lotion, body cream, hand and foot butter balm, lip balm, gift sets and more
Taste of Colombia
Taste of Colombia is focused on supporting Fair Trade/Organic coffee growers. We work closely with our importers and strive to work with the same coffee grower cooperatives to help provide a predictable sales volume and maintain quality and the desired cup profile.
Products: Fresh roasted organic coffees from Colombia, Sierra Nevada by Seinekun (natives Kogi, Arhuaco, Wiwa); Guatemala Coban by Manos Campesinas; Indonesia Sumatra by Gayonese all women’s Co-op; Mexico Chiapas by Yachil Co-op; Rise & Shine, Artisan Morning Blend
Tree of Life Imports
Tree of Life Imports supports residents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico taking pride in helping underdeveloped communities present their artistry to U.S. markets. Purchasing these crafts provides income for women who can work from their rural homes while caring for their families.
Products: Wooden crosses and wooden crafts, hand-woven and hand-beaded crafts, cross jewelry from family workshops of silversmiths in Taxco
Tulia’s Artisan Gallery
Tulia’s Artisan Gallery offers the finest accessories and home décor hand-crafted in Colombia. As the country recovers from generations of violence and internal displacement, it is our mission to show that ART is the other Colombian export. We source this ART directly from artisans working to preserve ancestral lands, culture and traditions using fair trade principles. Our most at-risk artisans are the Wounaan people who sew palm threads into decorative plates and one-of-a-kind bracelets (children sizes available).
Products: Flying mobiles, home art décor, palm thread bracelets, beaded necklaces, hair accessories, vegan scarves, and more
Women at Risk International
WAR Chest Boutique is the retail arm of the nonprofit organization Women at Risk, International. The mission is to create circles of protection around women who have been trafficked and rescued or who are at risk. We are a treasure chest of unique gifts handcrafted by–or sold in support of–at risk women (and even some at-risk men). We currently serve over 53 countries including China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Nicaragua, Nepal, Thailand, United States and more!
Products: Jewelry, scarves, ornaments, children’s items
Y’abal is a social enterprise, focused on sustainable fashion that partners with indigenous women’s weaving cooperatives in the highlands of Guatemala. We provide them the opportunity to sell their hand-woven products through local and international markets while preserving the tradition of black strap weaving. When you buy our fair-trade, hand-woven products, you not only contribute to the economic self-sufficiency of the women we work with, but your purchase also supports the workshops and social programs implemented in their communities.
Products: Hand-woven bags, ornaments, home accessories, scarves
Bead for Life
Bead for Life (BFL) is an award-winning Fair Trade non-profit in Uganda that sells beautiful and unique jewelry created from hand-rolled beads made out of recycled paper. All proceeds from sales fund BFL’s Street Business School, which provides entrepreneurial education to women so they can develop and sustain their own businesses, thereby creating economic independence for them and their children.
Products: Beaded jewelry, holiday ornaments, and jewelry bags
Ibeji is committed to fostering individual, spiritual and economic growth. We help homeless mothers gain confidence by empowering and motivating them through education and learning about their own culture. Volunteers help Ibeji make jewelry with fair trade beads from Ghana and Nigeria and glass beads from Czechoslovakia. We also sell tea from London and fairy tale books for children illustrated by Chicago artist Scott Gustafson. Money raised supports the purchase of clothing for moms in the shelter so they can go on job interviews, attend school, or go to work.
Products: Jewelry, tea, children’s books
Itiah Home and Garden Designs
We collaborate with artists globally to assist in providing economic stability through the sale of our extensive collection of-one-of-a-kind handcrafted designs. Each piece is an inspiration of a culture. We are dedicated to Fair Trade practices.
Products: Home and garden accessories
Kathmandu Yogi is a yoga lifestyle brand that produces ethically made goods for a mindful audience. We deliver excellence in design, craftsmanship and functionality while empowering women in Nepal through fair trade, promoting cultural exchange and fostering conscious development. We bring mindfulness full circle by operating with full transparency, connecting our customer with the people and place where their goods are made.
Products: Fair trade meditation cushions, yoga bags, malas
Unique products handcrafted by the tenacious people of South Africa. Empowering women by employing African artisans and connecting ethical consumers of sustainably sourced, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted products. We are committed to aesthetic and quality, bringing you a glamourous piece of Africa to wear for a lifetime. Being passionately South African, I wanted to share our gorgeous products with Americans. Dealing in “exotic” components puts us under severe scrutiny, we want people to be proud to wear something alluring but fairly made. All 100% handmade in South Africa.
Products: Sustainably sourced, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted products
Milagros and Gracia, Inc.
Milagros’ mission is to create a quality product with revenues providing salaried income and business skills training. This enables young women to leave behind lives of indigence and abuse and begin lives of prosperity and peace. Our artisans create pure silver jewelry handmade in Guatemala. Each product is unique and each carries the fingerprint of the artisan who made it. Gracia’s mission is to economically empower young women in Guatemala. Economic empowerment means young women are able to earn income, become financially literate, live independently, and stand up for themselves.
Products: Pure silver (.999) jewelry
Noonday Collection travels the world identifying artisan entrepreneurs who share our dream of creating meaningful opportunity in vulnerable communities. We design jewelry and accessories in collaboration with talented Artisans, using unique materials and traditional skills to create beautiful jewelry. We develop artisan businesses through fair trade, empowering them to grow sustainably. By connecting artisan businesses to a growing market for their goods, we enable them to create more jobs for people in their communities who need them.
Products: Jewelry and accessories
OSP Creation Care (Green) Team
Are you energized by Pope Francis’ creation care message and the worldwide conferences about care for our climate? Want to be a faithful steward of our planet? Old St. Pat’s Creation Care Team welcomes you to join us in any way you can. We meet monthly in person or by conference call. We welcome your ideas and your commitment.
Contact Kayla Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-798-2399
Packed with Purpose
Packed with Purpose is a specialty gifting company with a social mission—to create meaningful impact by changing the ways companies and individuals gift. From granola made by female victims of abuse to glass-blown wine stoppers that support teens affected by gun violence, we curate unforgettable gifts that do good. We discover unique products made by social enterprises to curate high-quality gifts that are both memorable and meaningful, whether sent to a client, colleague or friend.
Products: Unforgettable gifts
RefuSHE is the first organization to protect, nurture, and empower young refugee women and their children in East Africa. Through its award-winning holistic model, RefuSHE provides short- and long-term support through opportunities for refugee girls to access their human rights, experience academic success and skill development, and become leaders in their communities. The artisan collective program allows members to become economically self-sufficient through the design, production, and sale of handmade textile products. 100% of proceeds from artisan collective sales are reinvested into the programs and artisan’s livelihoods.
Products: Scarves, scrunches, jewelry, pillows, tea towels
SenTEAmental Moods creates exceptional hand-crafted tea and herbal blends for flavor-filled beverages without use of artificial flavors, sugar, salt or fats. SenTEAmental Moods blends are healthy beverages for those challenged with diabetes and high blood pressure. Our tea leaves are purchased from suppliers approved by the Ethical Tea Partnership with excellent track records of fair treatment for all workers and fair-trade practices. The tea leaves are blended with locally sourced and dehydrated fruits, flowers, herbs and vegetables.
Products: Hand-crafted teas
SUSU Accessories is a Fair Trade fashion brand with roots in the ancestral art of the indigenous Wayuu culture of La Guajira, Colombia. SUSU handmade bags are endowed with genuine soul and terroir, the union of avant-garde design from SUSU Accessories and Wayuu tradition. We work directly with over 350 Wayuu artisans, women heads of household, with a knitting tradition passed down for generations. Working together allows them to provide for their families, improve their livelihoods and show their wonderful, unique art to the world.
Products: Handmade handbags and accessories
Women in Hebron
Women in Hebron is a Palestinian nonprofit, fair-trade cooperative under the Idna Cooperative Association for Embroidery and Handicrafts, established as part of the cooperative association’s efforts to provide women in Hebron district the resources to provide for themselves and their families. Our work is based on the idea that developing Palestinian handicrafts is more than just an income-generating project. It is an act of community-strengthening and honoring the role of women in Palestinian society.