Handmade crafts from global artisans
Global Ministries is excited to share the opportunity to purchase artisan crafts from around the world while supporting the life-giving work of global partners.
Explore crafts listed by country below:
Tote Baskets from the Democratic Republic of Congo
The Mama Jeanne Center is a place of consolation, solidarity, support, and training, for women seeking to become self-sufficient. These woven baskets were bought from the Mama Jeanne Center. Formed out of recycled plastic packaging strips, the baskets are environmentally-friendly and create something beautiful from materials that might otherwise be placed in the trash. Attached to each basket, a card reads, By touching this basket, you are symbolically touching the hand of a sister who has proven to not be a victim, but a resilient survivor!.
These totes are available in many different colors in large, medium, and small sizes. The totes are available for $20.00 plus shipping through UCC Resources online store here.
Handmade Bags from the Democratic Republic in the Congo
Receive a beautiful, handmade Congolese tote, while supporting microcredit programs that empower women and families around the world. Each tote is uniquely created and sewn by a woman in the Congo using vibrant Congolese fabric, most of which include the authentic Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo fabric and logo.
Bags are available in two sizes for $30.00 or $40.00 plus shipping through the UCC Resources online store here.
Quilted Congolese crafts, including placemats, small clutch purses, and bags
Receive a handmade, quilted Congolese bag, small clutch purse with a snap to close, or a set of placemats featuring vibrant Congolese fabric, while supporting microcredit programs of global partners around the world.
Prices range from $15 – $35 depending on size, plus shipping through the UCC Resources online store here.
These beautiful dresses include intricate bead work and vibrant material. Each dress sells for $50.00 plus $15.00 for shipping. To begin your order or to check available designs and sizes, please call 317-713-2555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
These dresses were made from beautiful printed fabric with intricate vibrant designs. Each dress sells for $50.00 plus $15.00 for shipping. To begin your order or to check available designs and sizes, please call 317-713-2555 or email email@example.com.
Hand Quilted Placemats
These beautiful, “Placemats for Mission” are made by Mrs. Sue Johnson, a former Global Ministries Mission Co-Worker. Sue and Dr. Gene Johnson served as Global Ministries mission personnel in the Democratic Republic of Congo 1957-1971, and continue to stay close to Global Ministries and the life-giving work of Congolese partners.
Each set comes in a pack of four and sells for $28.00 plus shipping. To order a set of placemats, call 317-713-2555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
These cards were made by a grassroots health promoter connected with a Global Ministries partner in Chile, EPES. These particular cards feature a small arpillera, a traditional Chilean art form that depicts both the positive and negative of the daily life of poor communities.
This pack of five multi-colored cards comes with envelopes and are blank inside. The cards are available for $20.00 plus shipping through the UCC Resources online store here.
Mapuche-style Hair Ties
A microcredit effort of Global Ministries partner, EPES, produces these beautiful hair ties to increase family income. These trapetus are intricately beaded and made in a style of wearable art worn by Mapuche women, an indigenous and often marginalized community in Chile. Today, many women in Chile are wearing Mapuche beaded hair ties as an advocacy statement and a symbol of solidarity. Proceeds from the sale of these hairbands will go to other Global Ministries partners who support microcredit and income-generation initiatives. Hair ties are available in a set of two for $15.00 plus shipping by calling 317-713-2555 or emailing email@example.com.
Support the ministries of partners in the Caribbean and receive handmade jewelry from Colombia! Each piece of jewelry available is designed and made by local artisans in Colombia through grass-roots, microcredit businesses. You can find all three of these jewelry pieces on the UCC Resources online store here.
Bracelets are adjustable in size and feature flattering stones and colorful beads. They are available in packs of two for $14.00 and packs of four for $22.00 plus shipping.
Charm Necklaces feature a single stone or bead which make them a flattering piece for a simple and elegant look. They sell for $15 plus shipping.
Large Necklaces (pictured above) are bold and beautiful statement necklaces that feature smooth stones and intricate beading. They sell for $30 plus shipping.
These handbags from East Timor were made by artisans through KOR Timor. KOR Timor is a group of Timorese women who have created a cooperative dedicated to preserving traditional crafts while also being an income-generating opportunity.
Each artisan ﬁnds pride and cultural aﬃrmation in producing these beautiful products, and in receiving an income for themselves and their families. The proceeds received for these crafts will support microcredit initiatives of Global Ministries partners.
Zippered handbags with side pockets and two straps are available for $50.00 each plus shipping through the Indianapolis office. To order a handbag, call 317-713-2555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Handmade woven items from Guatemala
These Guatemalan artisan crafts are an income-generating project of Global Ministries partner, the Ecumenical Christian Council of Guatemala. The microcredit project of the Ecumenical Christian Council of Guatemala is one of the ways the Council is improving this area in society. The Council provides training and materials for women to begin weaving for income-generation and for artistic expression. Proceeds from these woven items will continue to support this project of the Ecumenical Christian Council of Guatemala.
The stoles available are in purple, red, green, and orange and are $41.00 plus shipping through our Indianapolis office. To order a stole, call 317-713-2555 or email email@example.com.
The placemats, napkins and table runners are available in several colors and packages. Placemats are sold in packs of 4 for $25.00 or 2 for $14.00. Napkins are sold as a set of 4 for $16.00 and table runners are $39.00. These are all available through UCC Resources online store here.
Tops and Ponchos
Beautiful, custom woven tops and ponchos are available from Guatemala through the microcredit program of Global Ministries partner, the National Coordination of Widows of Guatemala (CONAVIGUA). Prices range from $20.00 to $145.00 plus shipping. To find out more about what is available and to place an order, call 317-713-2555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woven Products from the National Coordination of Widows of Guatemala (CONAVIGUA)
Small zipper bags with and without straps, as well as larger woven bags with straps are available from Guatemala through the microcredit program of Global Ministries partner, the National Coordination of Widows of Guatemala (CONAVIGUA). To order a Guatemalan bag, call 317-713-2555 or email email@example.com.
|Top zipper pouches|
are $12.00 plus shipping.
|Wide weaving/shawls are|
$50.00 plus shipping.
|Larger, square bags with long,|
adjustable straps are $30.00 plus shipping.
|Tan/white knitted bag with long strap|
is $50.00 plus shipping.
Artisan Crafts for Advocacy of the YWCA of Palestine
The YWCA of Palestine participates in the important work of advocating on behalf of women, refugees, and Palestinian rights. They have created some different artisan crafts to help others become advocates for peace with justice, too. More information on this advocacy project and the different items available can be found here.
Hand Fused Glass Art
Global Ministries Board Member, LaVerne Thorpe, handcrafts these beautiful fused glass art pieces and donates a portion of the proceeds to support the anti-human trafficking efforts of Global Ministries partners. You can find them here.