Global Sistergoods – Fair Trade, Handmade and Eco-friendly Gifts and Accessories
Kristi Jo & Beth, Global Sistergoods
Global Sistergoods was founded in 2006 by two sisters, Beth Kapsch and Kristi Jo (KJ) Lewis, who combined their professional backgrounds in living wage issues, international development, public policy and women’s equality and their personal love of beautiful, handmade goods to create this marketplace for women artisans from around the world.
We provide a living wage to economically disadvantaged women in fragile economies by supporting entrepreneurship, self-reliance and microenterprise development through fair trade. We partner with international non-government organizations who provide resources to women, governmental trade associations who support women’s economic empowerment, women’s cooperatives/collectives, and individual women artisans.
We sustain traditional craftmaking techniques by providing high-quality, handmade and eco-friendly gifts, jewelry, handbags, accessories and home decor items. Learn more about women’s issues in the countries our partner artisans live in.
Global Sistergoods believes strongly in the value of “women’s work.”. Thank you for joining us.
Our commitment to our artisan partners
We want our artisan partners to create a sustainable business for themselves, and do everything we can to help them establish one. Our partners range from large collectives who are accustomed to exporting their promotional products, to individual women who need just a bit of technical assistance in such matters as product design, quality control, purchasing raw materials, and exporting and customs. When possible, we help them find the resources they need. When we establish a partnership, we do so with the intention of working together for the long haul.
We have an application process to ensure that fair trade standards are followed, and that women have a democratic, equal (and often majority) voice in all of our partner artisans’ ventures. We want our artisan partners to share their stories, and ask for them. We share these stories with our customers. We believe in the power of sisterhood, and in the power of women’s voices.
Do you know of a group that would benefit from working with us? Let us know by emailing their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our commitment to the community
We volunteer our time and resources to causes we care about. We partner with like minded organizations to help them raise funds for their cause, too. Please visit our “Gifts that Give Back” section, to see a few of our organizational partners. Interested in talking to us about consignment arrangements for your church or school? Want to host a house party for your favorite charity? Know an organization that should be on our “Gifts that Give Back” page? Let us know. We believe in the power of collective action towards a common good.
Our commitment to our customers
We provide high-quality products that are fair trade and women made, and personal customer service. We consider you part of the Global Sistergoods family, and we’ll treat you that way.
We rely on customers like you to help us expand our reach. Have an artisan or collective to recommend? Tell us. Have a suggestion? Call us. We want to incorporate your voice, too, in what we do here at Global Sistergoods.
Our commitment to the environment
We support and encourage the artisans we work with to use recycled materials, natural dyes and otherwise implement environmentally sustainable practices in their work. We ask them about their practices because we care, and we know you do too.
We live within four miles of our office/warehouse and bike when weather and our children allow. We buy recycled paper, reuse packaging, shipping material, paper and just about anything we can. When we use packing peanuts, we use starch-based ones that are compostable and dissolve in water. We welcome your suggestions on other ways for us to reduce our personal and business carbon footprint. We believe in the power of individuals to change the world.
On behalf of our artisan partners, and from all of us on the Global Sistergoods team: Thanks for shopping with us!