· Fair Trade
· Hand Made
“SERRV is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide.” (www.serrv.org/aboutus.aspx)
History: SERRV started after World War II to help refugees rebuild. It is now a 9.5 million dollar fair trade network. Due to the growth of the mission, SERRV is not an acronym. However, when it began, it stood for “Sales Exchange for Refugees Rehabilitation and Vocation.”
Fair Trade: SERRV is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization and a founding member of the Fair Trade Federation. To learn more about the importance of fair trade, check out the tab “Fair Trade” on the website.
Farmers and Artisans: “SERRV works with thousands of small-scale artisans and farmers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and other developing regions of the world by marketing their handcrafts and agriculture products.”
SERRV is such a huge organization that helps others in so many ways, I only just briefly wrote a few scattered highlights. I’ve loved and learned so much from browsing the website. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the following link: http://www.serrv.org/
How can we get involved?
· Look at the website!
· Buy gifts online-you can even order a catalog
· Check out locations of stores that may be in your area (unfortunately there are none in AZ)
· Help sell products
· Donate or Lend
· Check out the blog: http://serrvblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/building-peace-with-olive-oil/
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~William James