Seeds to Sew International, Inc., a Hopewell-based non-profit and a member of the Fair Trade Federation, moved to 16 Seminary Ave in Hopewell, into the space previously known as the Sticks and Stones Toy shop. And, on every First Friday of the month, Seeds to Sew will have extended hours (till 8pm!) and an open house to introduce the “pop-up” shop for the month, featuring products from other “do-good” organizations.
This First Friday, June 1st (11am-8pm), we are excited to introduce Mata Traders, a fellow member of the Fair Trade Federation. Mata Traders’ fair trade clothing and accessories are made by the hands of artisans in India and Nepal. Every item they sell is an original piece, and many incorporate craft traditions that date back centuries, such as block printing and embroidery. Their artisans come from rural areas, tribal villages, and urban slums, but they all want the same thing – the chance to earn a fair wage and lift their families and communities out of poverty.
Stop by for lite bites, libations and laughs, find out more about Seeds to Sew, Mata Traders and other organizations they work with. Can’t make it on June 1st? Mata Traders will be the feature shop until end of June, regular open hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm.
Seeds to Sew International is a nonprofit focused on improving the lives of women and girls in disadvantaged communities through education and job skills training. Women and girls participating in Seeds to Sew programs in rural Kenya made all products that they sell – all proceeds benefit the artisans directly.
Enkiteng bags (eco-friendly reusable gift wrapping bags)
Enkisoma jewelry (traditional Maasai beaded jewelry)
Githomo crafts (Unique crafts made of banana tree bark and other natural materials).