Giving the Gift of Education

Christmas is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to do some shopping! As it is for many families, Christmas is a time to focus on family, tradition, and the joy of life. Many parents love to make sure their children enjoy Christmas, and many do that by giving gifts of course! This Christmas, give a gift that keeps on giving (the gift of education that is) as well as helping artisans in developing countries. Interested? Read on to learn more about some great gift ideas from One World Projects!

About the products

This Christmas, you can give your kids the gift of learning with these educational Fair Trade Make Your Own kits (ages 8 and up), and all for under $15 (shipping not included)! We have three different kinds of kits for sale. The first kit is the Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit from Guatemala. With this kit, bothScreen Shot 2013-11-08 at 12.44.19 PM you and your child can learn all about the techniques of gum creation, which date back to the ancient Maya culture who used the sap of the sapodilla tree (chicle) to make their chewing gum. The kit contains everything you need to learn how to make your very own chewing gum in your home! Contents include chewing gum base, confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup, and two different flavors. We also have a Make Your Own Chocolate Kit from Costa Rica. Learn about the ancient Aztec culture and how chocolate was once considered a sacred food. Learn how to make homemade chocolate with cocoa butter, cocoa powder, confectioner’s sugar, starter crystals, and thermometer! Last, we have a Make Your Own Gummies Kit from the Philippines. With this kit, you and your kids can learn about the chemical properties of seaweed, and how it’s used to make gelatin in many foods like gummy candy. This kit comes with everything you need to easily make gummy candies: sour flavor mix, colored and flavored sugar, seaweed, and seaweed powder! But when you buy these amazing Fair Trade products, the methods of production aren’t the only things you and your child will be learning about this Christmas. Keep reading to find out more!

About the artisans

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Seaweed farmers in the Philippines

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One of The Verve’s cocoa suppliers with a Cocoa Tree

These amazing Make Your Own Kits come from the exceptional women of The Verve. The collective is a fully woman owned business which wholly pursues the production and sales of ethically produced and environmentally friendly products. Founded in 1992 in northern Guatemala, the collective began to realize the potential of buying supplies from around the world to create Make Your Own Kits. Today, the collective creates sustainable employment opportunities for seaweed harvesters in the Philippines, cocoa producers from Costa Rica, and chicle harvesters from their native Guatemala. One of The Verve’s goal is teaching local children about environmental preservation, cooking chemistry, and the history of producing cocoa, gummy candy, and gum. Not only have their achieved this, but they’ve produced sustainable and Fair Trade jobs for artisans and farmers worldwide. The Verve places social justice and environmental protection as a top priority, and they use their products to educate the public about these issues. If you’re still not convinced, The Verve is also an amazing green business. Not only are they a member of Green America, but in 2008, the collective paired with Trees for the Future to ensure their land use is sustainable and helps with forest expansion efforts. Their packaging is even 100% recycled and biodegradable!

This holiday, consider teaching your children not only how to make these delicious goodies, but also about the importance of respecting environment, all while providing sustainable Fair Trade employment to artisans and farmers around the globe.

Thank you for supporting The Verve and One World Projects!


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