Sunday, March 6, 2016

International Women’s Day March 8th


With International Women’s Day being celebrated earlier this week, we asked one of our Fair Trade Warrior Volunteers, Trista, to highlight some of our amazing female artisans that we partner with. Take it away Trista! 



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International Women’s Day 2016 was March 8th and we at One World Market thought that this would be a great time to highlight some of the phenomenal female artisans that we partner with and the change that they are trying to create through their many handmade items all over the world.


A Little About IWD


International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. You can read more about its history here.





What’s Happening Today


If you are reading this blog the chances that you are aware of the atrocities that are happening to women all over the world are quite high. The inequalities that are affecting women vary from economic to health to gender-based violence and many more. In recent years these disparities have come to the forefront of the media and most importantly our thoughts. As such, they have become the base of dozens of non-profit and non-governmental organizations; including the United Nations. Working to eradicate gender inequalities has been an important part of the UN’s past Sustainable Development Goals and has been made into a main aspect of the new set of SDGs released Fall 2015.


There are 17 new Goals and all in someway have something to do with gender inequalities but Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) is specifically targeted towards creating gender parity. From the UN: “While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.”


This is a lofty goal, but something that is actually doable if we all work together to achieve it. The targets of the goal (written by the UN) are to:

·        End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere

·        Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking as well as sexual and other types of exploitation

·        Eliminate all harmful practices concerning female youth – such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

·        Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate

·        Ensure women’s full, effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life

·        Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences

·        Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws

·        Increase access to the use of enabling technology, particularly information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

·        Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels


If you are interested in more facts and figures please click here.




One World Market partners with artisan groups and projects in over 50 countries around the world, but one country in particular that is home to several outstanding artisans is Uganda. Because Uganda is a developing nation many of the disparities that have been previously listed are exacerbated because of the economic difficulties that the government is faced with. Three of the largest projects making the biggest difference are The Mighty River Project, Ember: Empowering Dreamers, and Sseko.


The Mighty River Project


This project supports women that create the most beautiful baskets I have ever seen and are one of the biggest sellers that we have.


A little about them from their website: The Mighty River Project exists to support Ugandan women in providing for their families. Currently, we serve nine artisans by purchasing their handmade craft products (baskets, textiles, beads) at fair prices, thereby providing these women a consistent monthly salary that empowers them to better support their children's needs.


We then sell the handmade products in the US, and the proceeds go to further support the ladies in ways that include medical care, clean water, emergency assistance, and discipleship, as well as to tangibly support other worthy ministries in Uganda.


Your donations and product purchases help us to support these ladies and their families.  Ultimately, stronger families lead to less children in institutional care in Uganda.  Thank you for being involved!





Ember: Empowering Dreamers


Ember artisans create gorgeous necklaces, earrings, and bracelets out of recycled paper.


These Ugandan women have survived civil war, injustice, poverty, and despair.  Now, through their partnership with Ember Arts, they are pursuing bright futures. The women hand make every piece of our jewelry out of recycled paper, and we support them as they pursue their dreams for a better future.


Their story:


“We are Ember Arts, a humanitarian family business. We believe that people are at their best—most alive, engaged, and impactful—when they chase their best dreams.

Ember Arts supports a co-op of women in Uganda, Africa who create beautiful fair trade jewelry made from recycled paper. Through the sale of this handmade, eco-friendly jewelry we empower dreamers around the world.  We call ourselves Ember Arts because our best dreams are like embers, smoldering little seeds of possibility just waiting to be kindled into reality. Chase your dreams.”


Every Ember Arts woman has a dream.






You may have heard of Sseko before. This organization makes those great sandals that are completely customizable and individual. Sseko has been around for many years now and has recently expanded into making several different types of shoes and even handbags!


The Sseko story:


“Sseko Designs is a fashion brand based in Uganda. In addition to handbags and accessories, we make beautiful leather sandals with interchangeable fabric straps that can be styled in hundreds of ways.


Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. And it is working! Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree or has graduated from university and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place.


In addition to our university-bound team, Sseko also employs women from all walks of life. By creating an environment of dignity, honor and dedication, Sseko Designs provides an opportunity for women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.


We believe that every woman has a dream. When she has the opportunity to pursue those dreams, we are collectively walking towards a brighter, more just and beautiful world.”




The Future


Each of these amazing organizations explain how YOU can get involved on their respective websites. You can also support them by supporting us! Come in to One World Market to see in person the remarkable handmade items from the astounding and hardworking Ugandan women.


Celebrate International Women’s Day everyday by promoting gender equality and sharing your #pledgeforparity!


Your Fair Trade Warrior,




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Job Opening - Join the One World Market Team

Wanted: One amazing human being. Generous in spirit, creative at heart, savvy in business. Dreams of connecting the people of Durham with the people of the world. Eager to harness strong business skills and natural artistic aesthetic to champion a living wage ethic.

One World Market of Durham is hiring an Executive Director/Store Manager
For more than 20 years, One World Market has been providing a sustainable source of a living wage for thousands of artisans living in over 65 different developing countries.
  • Leadership: motivate and supervise a team of 3 employees and daily volunteers, and coordinate with the board of directors. Execute multiple tasks with changing priorities and maintain attention to detail. Must be available during store hours including evening and weekend hours.
  • Sales and Marketing: 3-5 years experience in retail management, sales, merchandising, marketing, or related experience preferred. Knowledge of buying, cash flow management, business strategies and innovative ideas to optimize sales.
  • Interpersonal Skills: self-motivated, energetic, and enjoys interacting with vendors, customers, volunteers and community. 
  • Budgeting: manage budget, sales histories, data entry and inventory.
  • Computer know-how: Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel. Adobe Photoshop and Quickbooks preferred.
  • Social Media Butterfly: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Blogger, Wordpress, and Squarespace. 
  • Physical Requirements: ability to be mobile on the sales floor for extended periods and lift and move up to 75 lbs, with appropriate equipment
Please email cover letter and resume to by Friday March 4th.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Jump for JOYN!

Volunteer Nikki here, and I’m betting that if you’ve been to the store recently, you’ve probably seen some cute bags and clutches from JOYN!


JOYN is a company based in Rajpur, India that does way more besides adding to your bag collection.

What I love about JOYN is that they provide their workers with more than just a salary. Handouts aren’t enough to pull people out of poverty.

It takes at least 12 people to make one JOYN bag.

The company employs people to card and clean, spin, and weave cotton into fabric. An artisan dyes the fabric, and then another stitches it together to make a bag. JOYN provides a numerous amount of people with employment, but they go further. They provide their workers with a daily meal plan, education for their children, English and vocational training, and medical care.

Many of these workers had nothing to begin with. Some of them were beggars who had no education, skills, or sense of identity. Many of them suffered from hunger, abuse, leprosy, drug addiction, and chronic illness.

Society tends to label these people as outcasts. Because they’re poor or because they make unwise decisions or because they’re sick. Generally speaking, people aren’t willing to reach out to others who struggle on these levels because we have a negative perception of them even though these people really don’t have any control over their circumstances.  

I like companies like JOYN because they challenge that way of thinking. Through these companies, impoverished people are able to redeem themselves and develop a sense of dignity that they never had before. Their work just shows that everyone deserves hope and a future no matter what their background is, and I think that’s a wonderful thing.

Raju has polio, and like many disabled people, he was forced into begging at a young age. With JOYN, Raju was able to master a skill and make a living off of it. He no longer feels limited by his disability and continues to work hard and be independent.    

Ajay started out as a block printer, but he now handles shipping and invoices occasionally. Ajay struggled with addiction, but he overcame it and started working at JOYN. He has been sober for over a year now.


Guddu is a block printer who was born hearing impaired. Through JOYN’s medical plan, Guddu was able to receive hearing aids. Because of this, his speech has improved and he is able to learn English.

These are just a few people whose lives have been changed by JOYN. If you want to support these awesome folks, stop by the store sometime and check out our wide selection of JOYN bags. We recently ordered products from their Fall/Winter collection, and they could be yours!


So many gorgeous prints!

Mary Poppins - Fig Ikat

Envelope Cross Body Bag - Stained Glass

The Weekender - Black Clouds

These are just a few of the ones coming in. They’re so beautifully made! The work put in by the artisans who made these wonderful bags blows me away.


We hope to see you all in the store very soon! And we hope that these awesome fair trade purses make you jump for JOYN!

Your Fair Trade Friend,



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fair Trade Essentials for the Undergrad Newbie

Hello Fair Trade Warriors!

My name is Nikki, and I’ve been a volunteer at One World Market for about two years now. In the fall, I will be starting my undergraduate studies at Elon University! GO PHOENIX!

Going to college means no longer being in Durham during the school year, Sad smilewhich also means only volunteering at the store for a few months in the summer (if there was a significantly sadder emoji, I’d use it here). I’m very bummed about leaving, but I’ll be sure to enter Elon with some fair trade flair.

Here are my fair trade essentials for college:

I love this messenger bag from Cambodia!


It’s super cute and I love the green color. I can put my laptop and books in it, and it even comes with smaller pockets to hold my cellphone and pens and pencils. It’s the perfect school bag with a great cause behind it.

Malia Designs, the company that made this bag, aims to fight human trafficking in Cambodia by rescuing women and teaching them a trade, such as making bags like these. Providing these women with economic opportunities gives them financial stability, which makes them less vulnerable to prostitution and human trafficking.

This ID holder from The Village Experience is perfect for holding my Phoenix Card.


And it matches my satchel, too!

Both of these items are a part of the Opportunity Collection. They were made by tsunami victims in Thailand. These artisans make these products to aid economic development and support their community and local orphanage.

Textbooks are heavy and expensive, so a lot of people are turning to electronic versions of textbooks that can be found online for free. This ABAN tablet sleeve is great for holding any e-reader or tablet.


These sleeves were made in Ghana, and the proceeds benefit young mothers enrolled in ABAN’s school. These products have a huge social impact, focusing on the empowerment of women. This e-reader sleeve is also environmentally friendly! The pouch at the bottom is made from a recycled water sachet. 40 tons of water bags are thrown into the streets every day. Just imagine how much of a positive impact these products have on the environment!

When I was thinking about how I wanted to decorate my dorm, I immediately thought of the beautiful star lanterns hanging all over the store.


They’re a fun way to light up my room and add a splash of color to it. And chances are, my roommate will love it too. It’s a win-win.

These lanterns were made in India by partners of Om Gallery.

And how could I possibly attend Hogwarts Elon as a Gryffindor Phoenix without showing my team spirit during our Quidditch matches basketball games? I’m bringing my Sseko Sandals with me (of course), and I had to pick out straps in my school colors so I can rock them on campus!


With so many color options, there are plenty of ribbon combinations for repping any college. There are also some awesome ties that involve two different colors on the Sseko website. My personal favorite is the “Two-Faced” tie found here.

Sseko employs young women in Uganda to make these shoes, allowing them to become financially stable and giving them the opportunity to attend college. In an impoverished and male-dominated society, organizations like these play a huge role in empowering women. It’s comforting knowing that as I make my way through campus wearing my Ssekos, another girl in Uganda is able to do the exact same thing because I, and a couple of other people, decided to invest in her education with one purchase. In my opinion, there are few things more awesome than that.

So, there you have it! All the fun, fair trade items every college student needs. Hopefully, I’ve inspired some of you to take one or two of these (or all of them) with you on move-in day. Either way, have a wonderful summer and good luck next fall! Let’s go, Class of 2019!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

One Sandal–Six Different Looks

sseko recap

In honor of Triangle Restaurant Week last week, we paired up with 6 local eateries to highlight their specials. We used our FAVORITE Fair Trade Ribbon Sandals in the collaboration, and we illustrated 6 different ways that you can wear one sandal.

By changing out the ribbons and the ties, you could wear the same sandal every day of the week and never wear the same look twice! Just in case you missed a tie, or wanted to learn one of the tying techniques, we’re recapping them on the blog today!

Day One – Braided Crown


Braided Crown with Silver Sparkle Ribbon /// Learn this tie here:

Day Two – Floppy Ribbon Flip-Flop


Floppy Ribbon Sandal with Chroma Chiffon Ribbon /// Learn this tie here:

Day Three – Sseko Sparkler


Sseko Sparkler with Teal Cotton Ribbon /// Learn this tie here:

Day Four – Sidewinder Slip-On


Sidewinder Slip-On with Olive Green Cotton Ribbon /// Learn this tie here:

Day Five – Classic Sseko


Classic Sseko with Navy Ikat Silk Ribbon /// Learn this tie here:

Day Six – Zebra


Zebra Tie with Roseline Chiffon Ribbon /// Learn this tie here:

Sseko sandals are handmade by talented women living in Uganda. Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. And it is working! Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree or has graduated from university and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place.

In addition to the university-bound team, Sseko also employs women from all walks of life. By creating an environment of dignity, honor and dedication, Sseko Designs provides the opportunity for women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.

We believe that every woman has a dream. When she has the opportunity to pursue those dreams, we are collectively walking towards a brighter and more just and beautiful world.

It helps that the sandals are super cute and comfortable too!

Shop the sandals in the store on 9th Street, or online HERE.

Thanks for supporting Fair Trade!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Your Fair Trade Father’s Day Shopping Guide

As we head into June, One World Market is getting prepared for Father’s Day! To make your job as the shopper a little bit easier, Fair Trade Warrior and One World Volunteer, Joseph, has pulled together a Father’s Day Shopping Guide. Enjoy!

First, we have a newly arrived Maroma Men Scent called Cedar Lavender. Along with that new scent, we of course have our regular soaps and other scents. Or, if you cant decide, we have the Body Essentials kit that includes soap and fragrance.


When Dad gets up in the morning, what better to have his daily coffee in than these awesome hand-made and hand-crafted mugs from Cameroon, Nepal, and Kenya!


Each of these mugs are unique and one-of-kind items with their own stories. Dad will definitely look great drinking out of a fair-trade mug! Also, Dad cannot just have a fair-trade mug- he has got to have fair-trade coffee! We are stocked here with coffee from Beanpeace, Counter Culture, Equal Exchange, and others. No more tired mornings with our coffee!


To make sure his electronics don’t feel left out, make sure to grab tablet and laptop sleeves from Vietnam, India, Ghana, and Guatemala. Don’t forget about our messenger bags hand-crafted by tsunami survivors in Thailand.


Sometimes Dads need a little more color. Here at One World Market, we are loaded with PACT socks, underwear, and shirts. Each piece of clothing has such a vibrant design that will certainly make dad stand out! Most of the socks are knit together in wind factories. These socks are one-size-fits-all and are only knit with non-GMO organic cotton on family-run farms. No sweatshops, no toxic ingredients- just socks!


Does Daddy have a sweet tooth? We sure do! We have a huge variety of chocolates and so should you. We also have a nice range of oils such as basil oil and garlic oil. These fair trade sweets and oils are just begging to come home with you!


As the cherry on top to prove you are really dad-icated to this Father’s Day, don’t forget about the fair trade cards! These cards are sure to bring your papa a big smile! Plus, they are all blank inside so you will have plenty of room to write a sweet and long letter.


So, if you’re in the Bull City, be sure to stop by One World Market to make sure your dad has a fantastic fair-trade day!

Your Fair Trade Friend, Joseph


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dining Alfresco in Fair Trade Style


Hot summer days call for cool cocktails, and we are loving this super simple Gin Cup. Refreshing and not overly sweet, the light pink hue looks sweet in our handmade glasses from India.

Gin Cup Ingredients:
Gin, sugar syrup, Campari, sweet vermouth, mint, lemon juice, pink grapefruit juice

Place the mint sprigs and sugar syrup in the bottom of a glass. Stir about to bruise the mint slightly.

Fill the glass with ice.

Add the lemon juice and gin and stir a frost should begin to form.

Finally add a measure of Campari and sweet vermouth, followed by a glug of grapefruit juice and serve!

Want a warm weather non-alcoholic option? Hand squeezed lemonade is always a hit!

Homemade Lemonade Ingredients:
6 lemons, 2/3 cup fair trade sugar, water

First scrub the lemons in warm water, then take the zest from 3 of the lemons using a potato peeler or zester.

Remove any white pith with a sharp knife – this is important to prevent the lemonade tasting bitter.

Now put the zest in a large bowl and add the squeezed juice of all the lemons and the sugar.

Pour in in 2½ pints (1.4 litres) of boiling water, stir well, cover and leave overnight in a cool place.

Stir again the following day, and taste to check the sweetness, add more sugar if needed.

Strain with a coarse sieve and pour into bottles using sterilized corks, then chill thoroughly and serve.


Stop in the store to see even more gorgeous recycled glassware – we have tons of different styles, shapes, and designs, all Handmade and Fair Trade by our talented artisans in India!