For the fifth year, Heavenly Treasures is selling handicrafts from developing countries through its “micro enterprise network” at a global gifts fair at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church on Santa Cruz Ave. The fair is open today through 8:00 pm and on Sunday (11/21) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Kathy Gaulton (left), CEO and founder of Heavenly Treasures, said the organization does 65 events in the 40 days leading up to Christmas, with MPPC being the largest venue. She is using her long (former) career in retail merchandising to “serve the poor through economic, income producing projects” called Livelihood Projects, which she said can help impoverished people break the cycle of poverty. Hence, the organization’s slogan “every product represents a changed life.”
There are Livelihood Projects underway in 12 countries around the world – Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Kyrgystan, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, and Uganda. The global gift fair features handicrafts, jewelry, handbags, scarves, table linens, Christmas items, note cards and musical instruments from these countries.
New at this year’s fair is a representative house (pictured), showing the kind of dwelling many of the artisans – and much of the world – live in. Gaulton was also pleased to tell a visitor that Heavenly Treasures had became a member of the Fair Trade Federation, a trade association that strengthens and promotes North American, lastorganizations full committed to fair trade, last August.