The Darien Nature Center, in cooperation with Handcrafting Justice, an economic project of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, will host its Holiday Fair Trade Market. This market, featuring unique handmade goods from women's cooperatives in developing countries around the world, will be open for business on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 through 16.

The market will feature handcrafted goods, including toys, apparel, jewelry and gift items for the holidays.

All are reasonably priced, and all proceeds go to Handcrafting Justice, an NGO in special status with the United Nations dedicated to marketing goods for women across the globe. Through its market sales, the organization provides economic opportunities for women, enabling them to earn wages to sustain their families. Handcrafting Justice partners with women's cooperatives in South America, India, Indonesia, Africa, Mexico and South Korea.

As members of the Fair Trade Federation, Handcrafting Justice follows the basic principles of fair trade: Paying a fair wage; offering employees opportunities for advancement; engaging in environmentally sustainable practices; building long-term trade relationships; providing healthy and safe working conditions; providing financial and technical assistance to producers; and being open to public accountability.

The proceeds from this fair trade market will enable Handcrafting Justice to support long-term growth and training centers, micro-lending and community development around the world.

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The Darien Nature Center, located at 120 Brookside Road, invites to public to participate in this effort to support global economic justice for women.

For more information, call 203-655-7459 or visit