handmade, fair trade: Noonday Collection {giveaway}

**giveaway closed. HopefulLeigh, you are the winner, lady:)**

One of my favorite passages in all of scripture is Isaiah 58.  I love how it reveals the communal aspect of covenant faith and our deep ties to one another.  I love its imagery [you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings] and rich promises of healing, God's nearness and provision, community restoration, and deep joy for those who seek justice for the poor and oppressed.  I love how it demonstrates God's heart for righting wrongs, shalom, and faith-lived-out.

I can't say for sure when I first became acquainted with Noonday Collection, but when I learned that they got their name from Isaiah 58 [if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will be come like the noonday], I knew they were about more than selling beautiful accessories.

The business grew out of a trip to Uganda and a desire to adopt internationally and provide sustainable income for women there.  Founder Jessica Honegger began selling fair trade goods at trunk shows in Austin, TX to fund her own Rwandan adoption, and she continues to advocate for orphans by:
  • Providing jobs that create a pathway out of poverty for women. A stable income means a family is less likely to abandon their child.
  • Help families fundraise for their own adoptions. We give 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host a trunk show.
  • Aside from donating 10% towards qualified adoptive families, Noonday Collection Foundation gives net proceeds towards orphan care and prevention. 
Every item is made by artisans from all over the world--including refugees here in the U.S.--and buyers can feel confident in knowing that they are paid a just wage, according to fair trade standards.  Plus, the collection is stunning:  ethical, beautiful, and perfect for gift-giving.

Noonday Collection sells direct from their website and though in-home trunk shows. You can even become an ambassador and earn income while benefiting families in the developing world.

Jessica is offering a beautiful giveaway to so much shouting, so much laughter readers: a set of four wood bracelets, painted by hand in Kashmir, valued at $45:

Don't they just look like summer?  They'd be perfect alongside sandals and a sundress.

To enter the giveaway, take a look around the Noonday Collection and comment here on which piece catches your eye.

You can get four additional chances to win if you subscribe to their newsletter (scroll down and enter email at the bottom left corner), like them on facebook, follow them on twitter, or post a link to this giveaway on facebook:  leave a unique comment for each entry.

Although it won't net you extra entries, you are, of course, always welcome to subscribe to my site or follow along in the various capacities indicated by the social media buttons at the top of the screen. ;)

Giveaway ends Friday at midnight, eastern time, and will choose a winner from among qualifying comment entires.  Good luck, friends!
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