We are open on Sundays through, December 19, noon-4 pm.
Looking for a unique gift? We have this Peoria bowl custom-made for Global Village. Made of bicycle spokes and other recycled metals by artisans in Moradabad, India, this 11" bowl is food safe and can be used to serve fruit or bread or simply used for display. It's wonderful souvenir of Peoria or beautiful reminder of home.
We are open on Sundays through, December 19, noon-4 pm.
Black Friday? Sleep in! #SmallBizSat is Nov 28. Get ready to show your love for the businesses that make your community special. Get up, get out, and #ShopSmall. Come to Global Village for unique handcrafted gifts from all over the world. This year your purchases will benefit GirlsEmpo,
WHAT IS GIRLS' EMPO?
In Spanish, it's Asociacion Empoderamiento, association for empowerment. Founded by former Peorian Annie Richey, it's a group that encourages children in a rural area of northern Guatemala to continue in school beyond the primary grades.
One of its programs is a self-esteem building program for girls that combines play, discussions, and mentoring.
When you shop at Global Village on Small Business Saturday, November 28, 20% of your purchase will go to GirlsEmpo to support the mentoring program in the Dulce River valley.
Members of the Peoria Chapter of the National Organization for Women will distribute GirlsEmpo information and help you shop. We'll open at 10:00 AM.
Come early for a great selection and free Fair Trade coffee!
From the GirlsEmpo website: "In January 2014, ASOEMPO in partnership with the Village of Barra de Lámpara and the parents of ten villages founded a secondary school and started operating school boats to address the high rate of adolescent girls and boys out of school. We put the word out on the river: If you want to go to school, we’ll drive by your village and pick you up.
"More than 100 children ages 12-18 from ten rural communities enrolled—half of them girls. Within only two months, the school was recognized by the Ministry of Education as a public school and within five months, the Ministry and the municipal government of Livingston committed to help fund teachers beginning in 2015.
"And so the Instituto Nacional Educación Básica de Barra de Lámpara came into being. Together with many collaborators and supporters, we have created a sustainable solution for secondary education in our rural area—essential to empowering girls and benefiting all youth."
I am writing from Ganesh Himal Trading Company in Spokane, WA regarding the earthquake in Nepal. We have been working with artists and craftspeople in Nepal for 30 years and five years ago we established a clinic in the village of Dhadagaun, Baseri, in the district of Dhading very near the epicenter of the earthquake. This is a privately funded clinic that may not appear on government surveys of medical facilities in the area but may be useful for international relief efforts.
Although the main building of the clinic was destroyed, we believe that another section, containing medical supplies and some shelter is still intact. More importantly, the clinic is staffed by a physician's assistant and former army medic, who have escaped injury and are helping local residents. There is also an open level area (unusual for this area) that we believe is suitable as a helicopter landing zone.
Approximately 7,000 people, many elderly and children live in the Baseri region and it is the northern most settlement in that section of Nepal, approximately 25 miles from the epicenter. People seeking medical care will likely go to the clinic, and we believe it could serve as a valuable staging area for medical assistance.
We have long been committed to the welfare of people in Nepal and would welcome the opportunity to help provide relief through our clinic and staff.
Please let me know if we can be of assistance or answer any questions about our facilities. Also, if there are other relief agencies or organizations that may benefit from our facilities and assistance please feel free to forward this message and my contact information.
Ganesh Himal Trading Company
15 Ways to Incorporate Fair Trade into Your Life
1. Like to watch movies and documentaries? Click here for links to films about fair trade.
2. If you prefer to read, here’s a book list covering a variety of topics – from the business side of ethical supply chains to the history of authentic fair trade. Additionally, Global Village has a couple of books available for purchase or check out.
3. Follow the news, and read daily headlines related to labor trafficking at End Slavery Now. Recent articles cover the exploitative fishing industry in Thailand and mega-farms in Mexico.
4. Learn more about fair trade certification, and see the difference it makes in farmers and artisans’ lives around the world. Check out Fair Trade USA for more information.
5. Ditch the $4 latte at your regular coffee shop and brew a bag of freshly ground FT coffee beans instead. Global Village carries several brands with various sources, packaging styles, roasts, grinds, and flavors.
6. Special occasions are an opportunity to greet your loved ones but also to let them know about ethical consumer practices. These cards from Cards from Africa and Sanctuary Spring are handmade and personally signed. Cards from Africa products are made by survivors of the Rwandan conflict, and Sanctuary Spring cards are made by women who have left the sex industry in the Philippines.
7. On Halloween, you can have your candy and eat it too! Consider getting one of our kits containing mini chocolate bars and info cards about slavery-free sweets.
8. As the year draws to a close, start off your holiday season by decorating your tree with handmade ornaments from Global Village, Forest Park Nature Center’s Trailhead Nature Store, and Ten Thousand Villages.
9. Consider joining a chapter of Dining for Women. Every month, members meet, share a meal, and learn about programs that promote sustainable employment and education programs for women and girls abroad. When it’s your turn to cook dinner, whip up a delicious dish using products from the Women’s Bean Project.
10. Have a girls’ night of pampering and dress up using clothing and accessories from Mata Traders.
11. Spend an afternoon with family, and make some hats using Kid Knits. This company was founded by a nine-year-old Peoria native and brings you yarn from Rwanda and Chile.
12. Connect with Global Village and invite us to your next group meeting! We’d love to share more information about our mission, products, and vision. If you are a teacher and would like us to make a presentation to your class, drop us a note on our contact page.
13. Consider volunteering with Global Village. We’re a diverse group of people with different backgrounds and skills, and we’d love to work with you.
14. If you’re ready to really delve into it, attend a conference hosted by the Fair Trade Federation.
15. Take action with Made in a Free World and write to companies concerning their business practices.
Ring in the New Year by supporting fair trade and visiting Global Village!
If you’re not in the Peoria area, check out this directory of other fair trade shops in the United States!
Moms Make a World of Difference!
Moms are ambitious for their children. Fair Trade provides a living wage for an artisan or small farmer. In addition a Fair Trade premium is paid to the community, which can be used to build schools, to improve housing, land or the water supply, to upgrade equipment or medical care. Through participation in a farmer or artisan's co-op, a woman can find her voice and make decisions for her community. And all of these benefits will give her children opportunities for a better life--whether the child follows in Mom's footsteps, becoming a better prepared farmer or crafts-person, or launches a new career.
Read how Fair Trade is making difference in the lives of mothers and their families.
World Fair Trade Day is Saturday, May 10. Join us at Global Village for a sidewalk sale, door prizes, and coffee and chocolate samples. We will also have bluegrass duo "Josh and Keith" performing in front of our store from noon till 3:00pm. Find the perfect gift for the Mom in your life.
Celebrate Mothers Day the Fair Trade way!
This week, April 6-12, we are celebrating National Volunteer Week. For ten--almost eleven--years, volunteers have been the lifeblood of Global Village. Our board members, our shop staff, our friends who work our tables during special events...all volunteers! And we are grateful for the hours of service our volunteers donate to Global Village every year.
This year our annual Global Village board meeting comes during National Volunteer Week. April 10 we will welcome in new board members and say goodbye to retiring board members Elizabeth Imtairah, who has done our purchasing for several years, Clare Tschirn, who has worked to organize our yearly store inventory, and Elijah Samson, our newsletter editor for the last two years. We give thanks for their time and their talents.
You are invited to join us on Thursday evening at Forrest Hill United Methodist Church for soup and dessert. Dr. Martha Willi, Medical Director of Haiti Mission Connection, will speak about Haitian culture. Haiti Mission Connection, Inc., based in Peoria, seeks to help the people of the Haitian village of Bodarie by helping to provide medical care at a year-round clinic staffed by a Haitian nurse, household water purification systems, and assistance for the school operated by the parish of St. Benoit.
Forrest Hill United Methodist Church is located at 706 E Forrest Hill Ave in Peoria. We have a very brief board meeting at 6:30 pm to formally elect our slate of board members, then food and our program. Please help us celebrate our invaluable Global Village volunteers.
It felt like Spring was a long time coming, but here we are! And whether you celebrate Holi (the Hindu Festival of Colors), St. Patrick's Day, Ostara (Wicca), Purim and Passover (Jewish), Nowruz / Naw-Ruz (Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Iranian New Year), or Easter (Christian), this is the season of renewal and hope.
It's time to get outside and revel in this newmade world. Check out the Events page: In April we will be at Forest Park Nature Center for Earth Day, and the next weekend we are going to Party for the Planet at the Peoria Zoo. May brings us World Fair Trade Day, and we like to open the front door and move our goodies out to the sidewalk. And June 7th brings us both the West Moss Avenue Sale and the Fire Arts Fair in Peoria Heights.
And you come see us at Global Village! We have new merchandise arriving almost every other day. Yay, Spring!
Global Village has a special Valentine treat this year for folks who plan to dine at a locally owned restaurant:
If you spend Valentine's Day at one of the following restaurants in the Heights, you will find a beautiful Fair Trade rose on your table. SALT, JUNE, THE HEARTH, JIM'S BISTRO, and THE PUBLIC HOUSE are participating. With the kind assistance of Gregg's Florist, Global Village is proud to spread the word about Fair Trade roses.
According to AboutFlowers,com, Valentine's Day ranks third in flower transactions and dollar volume--(Based on consumer purchases of fresh flowers and plants for holidays at all outlets.)--behind Christmas/Chanukah and Mother's Day. However:
Estimated number of roses produced for Valentine's Day in 2013: 233 million
But where are all those roses produced? According to Fair Trade Certified's 2009/2010 Impact Report, Fair Trade Certified (TM) Flowers
"Historically, the Netherlands held the largest market share for exports of fresh and cut flowers. But in the last few decades, South America and Africa have emerged as major providers of the worlds’ flowers: in 2009, the U.S. flower imports from Colombia and Ecuador represented a full 75% of total flower imports. With Americans spending over $1 billion per year on cut flowers from abroad, the flowers export industry provides a significant source of employment and revenue for flower growers in the developing world.
"Despite the industry’s great potential for growth and employment generation, the conditions for many workers on flower farms around the world are not ideal. Jobs at large flower farms in East Africa and Latin America are often insecure: many workers do not have labor contracts to guarantee their employment conditions and can be let go at a moment’s notice–something that may happen when female workers become pregnant and companies do not want to pay maternity leave. Additionally, many workers are exposed to pesticides and chemicals without proper safety equipment or training."
Fair Trade certification ensures:
Fair Trade carnations are also commercially available. If you are planning an event, go Fair Trade flowers. Contact Gregg Florist or Google "Fair Trade flowers."
Update: Here are our volunteers who prepared the roses for our participating restaurants: Donna Schwab, Nancy Long, Adria Guard, and Sigrid Rogers. Sigrid contacted all the restaurants and worked with Gregg Florist to make this event possible.
This October marks the 10th Annual Fair Trade Month and is the perfect time to celebrate the global impact of Fair Trade. Join Green Mountain Coffee, Healthy Voyager, Heifer International, Honest Tea, Make a Stand Lemonade, Numi Tea, prAna, and FairTradeUSA on October 15th from 5-6pm PDT for a Twitter party about being fair. Just use the hashtag #BeFair to attend!
A twitter party? What the...? Until recently Global Village had a serviceable website, plain but attractive, difficult to update, static, no bells, no whistles... We had a paper edition of our newsletter and then an email version of our newsletter. Three years ago Facebook was a mystery, none of us twittered, and QR codes were "All Geek to us."
Now it's #hashtag this and #hashtag that! And there's Pinterest... This is a recent Facebook picture from one of our suppliers Mata Traders. No, let me rephrase that. This is a image from the Mata Traders blog post "Pins of the Week" with a link to their Pinterest page. The picture was posted on their Facebook page.
Oy! No pressure for us! How do we reach you in this hyper-stimulated, hyper-link world? Are you on Facebook? Have you 'liked" our Facebook page? Do you receive our newsletter? You can sign up on our Contact Page.
Would you prefer to follow us on Pinterest?
What about Twitter? Would you like to know about sales? About events like the West Moss Avenue Sale or WorldFest? And those weird, square QRC bar code thingies? Would you like to scan an item in the store and see the story about the artisans who made it? Would you use a code for printable coupon on our website? Talk to us! Tell us how to communicate with you!
October! Cool, sun-drenched, saturated with color... October is World Fair Trade Month.
This summer Global Village celebrated our 11th anniversary. Fair Trade has grown exponentially in the last eleven years. We began with ethnic craft items--timeless in their use of indigenous patterns and materials--and with coffee, tea, chocolates, books, posters, and greeting cards. And most Fair Trade shops bought from the same handful of suppliers, so you could expect to see similar goods from store to store.
No longer! Fair Trade has exploded: if we had space, we could stock FT wedding gowns, soccer balls, shoes and sandals, furniture, and drapes. And that timeless quality of traditional crafts...? Fair Trade non-profit organizations now employ designers who work with the artisan cooperatives to create products for Western markets. We get announcements about the new Pantone colors for the coming season: emerald is "in" for this fall. --or is emerald "in" for next spring? We are already seeing teasers for the 2014 collections.
Fair Trade has become "fashionable." Fair Trade clothes have even gone High Fashion. And "fashion" moves at a fast pace. Whether we are talking about clothes, accessories, or home decor, we feel the pressure to market like the chain stores--to put out the new stock, close out the new stock (at low, low prices), and put out the newer new stock. And that's good, right? We want to grow the industry!
Yes, but... In the rush it's easy, sometimes, to forget that our real mission is "Buy Fair, Be Fair."
News from Global Village.