Tovolo Popsicle Molds for Hot Days & Cool Treats!

Tovolo’s fun and useful pop molds are made from BPA free plastic and are the perfect way to stay cool this summer. Freeze fruit, smoothies, yogurt, fresh juices or something for the adults…any way you look at it, these are a must have item for summer. Going fast, so get yours! twin pop molds rocket pops

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Dsenyo Fairly Traded Textiles

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We are pleased to introduce Dsenyo, a new fair trade line from Malawi. From their website:

Dsenyo, a growing company in the ethical fashion industry, aspires to empower a generation of African women and artisans eager to address the challenges facing their communities.

Dsenyo makes every effort to use low-impact dyes and sustainable fibers like jute, hemp and organic cotton where possible. We reduce waste by composting organic scrap material, and we re-purpose textile remnants for use in other products.

Where is Malawi?

Malawi is a small, densely populated country in Central Africa.  It is located at the southern tip of the Great Rift Valley and is bordered by Mozambique, Zambia, and Tanzania.  Some facts about Malawi:

  • 14 million people
  • 14% of the population living with HIV/AIDS
  • Life expectancy only 43 yrs
  • 80% of the population live as subsistence farmers
  • Multi-party democracy since 1994
  • Former British protectorate (not colony)
  • National languages are Chichewa and English
  • 1 in 10 children are expected to die under the age of 5
  • Women have six children on average
  • Malaria is still the #1 cause of death
  • Only 50% of females are literate compared to 76% of males

Hope is written all over Malawi

  • Fair Trade offers a real opportunity for marginalized people to get access to resources and viable markets
  • Malawian women are creative, extremely hard working and eager to learn new skills
  • Gender equality is making progress (Malawi has a female Vice President along with several female Members of Parliament)
  • Awareness about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted and how to prevent infection is increasing
  • Knowledge about family planning is improving
  • Families increasingly value education for their daughters, wanting to send them to school and are only limited by lack of financial resource