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November 30, 2006 - Image 79

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-11-30

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A hand-woven Happy Chanukah Rwanda gift bas-
ket ($45) includes coffee, a hand-made kippah
and the CD Shalom Everyone Everywhere, by the

Grammy-nominated Jews of Uganda. Grown on


Hundreds of multi-tonal auburn crys-
tals, spaced with sterling silver, glisten
on Mercado Global's bracelet. The single

mothers who work at the Pana Jewelry
Cooperative understand that it doesn't
take a large donation to make
a big difference
in their lives.
Through Mercado
Global, the pur-
chase of just
one Beads that
Build a Better
World bracelet
($29.95) can
help provide
a scholarship
for a child in their
Guatemalan community of Panajachel.
Ruth DeGolia and Benita Singh co-founded

a Ugandan coop organized and directed by Jewish
farmer J.J. Keki, Mirembe Kawomera (Delicious
Peace) coffee is produced by more than 550 coffee
growers. The group of Jewish, Muslim and Christian
coffee farmers was founded by Keki, a repeat visitor
to Detroit, as a free-trade-certified company, guaran-
teeing the farmers a fair price. In addition to the light,
dark, decaf and espresso roast coffee ($10 per 12-
ounce bag), the coop — which partners with Kulanu,
a Baltimore-based charitable organization — also
offers gift baskets. The 700-member indigenous
Ugandan Jewish farming community was discovered
in 1992 by travelers Julia Chamovitz of Pittsburgh
and former Michigan resident Mathew Meyer. Call
(800) 648-6491 or visit thanksgivingcoffee.com .

Mercado Global while students at Yale
University working in Guatemala with
rural women's cooperatives struggling to
find domestic markets for their traditional
handicrafts. The two have been instru-
mental in linking 14 com-
munity cooperatives
in Guatemala —
including the Pana
Jewelry Cooperative
— to consumers
and stores across the
U.S., providing fair
wages to coopera-
tive members and
revenues to send
more than 100 of
their children to school
for one year. To order call (203) 772-4292
or log on to mercadoglobal.org .

Blue Iris Bouquet, $44.95, and Taste of California, $149.95. Topping the list of gift-giv-

ing staples are those perishables that work great as last-minute purchases: flowers and
gift baskets. For each organic plant and flower arrangement or fresh nut and fruit basket
placed through Flowers for Good, a donation will be made to one of 10 charities. For prod-
ucts that cost $39.95 or less, $5 will be donated; for those costing more, a $10 donation
will be made. A note referencing the contribution will be included with the delivery. Buyers
can choose from these charities: Women for Women International, Global Fund for Women,
CARE, KaBOOM!, Animal Haven, Amnesty International, Girls on the Run International, House
of Ruth, American Red Cross and Mercy Corps. To place an order or for more information,
call (877) 899-2468 or log on to flowersforgood.com .


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