While the Peace & Justice Center’s store appears at first to be a quaint gift shop, it is one of the most radical and impactful things we do. In our direct trade partnerships, we address global racism, economic injustice, climate chaos, and more. For #GivingTuesdayNow, please support the PJC and two of the collectives with whom we do direct trade.
Pierrevy Polyte is from Peak Macaya in Haiti. He lives here in Burlington and brings coffee, cocoa, art, and crafts from his community to sell at the store. The income they’ve received has paid for composting outhouses and a community school.
We are the only location outside of Haiti that sells these products.
Leah Mitula is the founder of Denur Crafts, a women's collective in Kenya. These women produce jewelry and other crafts from recycled aluminum and bone, which provides them a livelihood in an area with few job opportunities. Without this income, they cannot send their children to school or access other basic needs.
During this time of physical distancing, we are unable to sell their products.
Every dollar you give to the Peace & Justice Center on #GivingTuesdayNow will be shared 50/50 with these two collectives so that they have some income during this crisis. It will also help keep us afloat so that we are able to get back to business as soon as It's safe and continue to support Pierrevy, Leah, and all the other inspiring folks we work with.
Thanks again for considering the Peace & Justice Center, Macaya Coffee, and Denur Crafts for #GivingTuesdayNow.
Let's work together toward a future with massive systems changes. Please stay safe.