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Gifts with a Cause™ was founded by Liz Allen and Mark Fangue in 2006 to help families in developing countries gain economic independence and receive social justice while providing retail stores and nonprofit organizations a unique line of Fair Trade hand-crafted jewelry, scarves, purses, home décor, art painted by elephants and gifts for one purpose -- helping people in need help themselves create a sustainable future.

As Nelson Mandela once said, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity; it is an act of justice.” Liz and Mark passionately believe that economic opportunity, especially for women, in these developing countries, holds the promise for real change in the world. When women have an income, they reinvest in themselves and in their children's education, health and nutrition - building stronger families and communities. Many women try desperately to make a living by selling their artisan-quality goods in their countries, but find that they have little to no access to market opportunities. Through Fair Trade practices, Gifts with a Cause brings the high-quality custom-design fast-selling products from these groups directly to you. Liz and Mark travel to build relationships with artisans to design and hand select on-trend Fair Trade items for the global market. Gifts with a Cause builds long-term partnerships that provide families a fair living wage with equal employment opportunities, home-based work to stay with their families, healthy and safe working conditions, no child labor, technical assistance and development strategies to foster prosperity while using sustainable materials from the earth.

Gifts with a Cause works with artisans in over 20 countries (Bali, Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mali, Nicaragua, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam) with over 75 artisan groups that provides a “Hand Up vs. charity” to over 8,000 artisans and their communities.