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“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” Mother Theresa

This month’s theme is all about making the world a better place. There are all kinds of ways to make a difference in the course of a day—one action at a time. You’d be amazed at the impact one person can have. Wonder how? Here one simple-to-do idea that can be easily woven into your day:

There are a number of fair trade organizations around the world set up to help developing countries better use their resources, protect the land and provide better working conditions for their people, and build community. The profits from fair trade products provide education, healthcare, build businesses, fight poverty and improve the quality of life of the farmers and craftsmen.

Most people connect to coffee, but don’t think much about fair trade beyond that. Did you know that there are all kinds of other fair trade food products that are right in your grocery store? Ben & Jerry ice cream, Honest bottled teas, Green Mountain coffee, and many others. Food labels are now including information about fair trade ingredients and are marked with symbols.

Fair trade products extend beyond food. You can find organic body care products, beautiful handmade jewelry and bags, colorful clothes and accessories, and recycled stationary and gifts made by artists and artisans around the world. To check out brands that are fair trade, go here: It just takes a little extra work to find them…but oh, what a difference it will make in the world! Action by action. Purchase by purchase.

Do you have favorite fair trade stores or websites? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.