SELFHELP Crafts

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unique and hand crafted products from our home to yours!!!

SELFHELP Crafts was a job creation program founded by the Mennonite Central Committee, the relief and service organisation of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches. It was established in 1946. The purpose of the SELFHELP organisation was to provide "fair paying employment1" for those in less developed countries to help them exert control over their lives and meet their basic physical needs. SELFHELP Crafts saw itself as working toward long-term stability rather than as a "short-term fix".

SELFHELP Crafts was a non-profit organisation with outlets and representatives throughout Canada and the United States. Most people involved in the organisation, including clerks in the retail outlets, came from a variety of backgrounds and religious denominations, and worked as volunteers.

SELFHELP Crafts was involved with over 65 producer groups in a number of countries. Therefore, a wide variety of products were available (See Exhibit 1). SELFHELP encouraged groups to use traditional skills in goods production so that their material culture would be maintained rather than changed. The groups represented were diverse and changed continually. Once members of a producer group had gained enough skills to function efficiently on their own. SELFHELP withdrew its support and sought another group in need of assistance.

SELFHELP Crafts

SELFHELP Crafts is a non-profit organisation with outlets and representatives throughout Canada and the United States. SELFHELP Crafts is involved with over 65 producer groups in a number of countries. Therefore, a wide variety of products are available.

SELFHELP Crafts

Come see our variety of hand crafted products! We strive ourselves on customer service and keeping new and unique products on hand at all times!