One of the first fair trade organizations in the world, founded in 1949, SERRV International began its mission by helping displaced European refugees trade their handcrafts for income after the Second World War. Since then, we've extended our reach to 24 countries worldwide, working to empower over 8,000 artisans and farmers every year by selling their beautiful handcrafts.
To empower small-scale global artisans and farmers through long-term trading partnerships, helping them build sustainable employment, resources, rights, and a vision of hope in their communities.
SERRV works to provide employment opportunities to all artisans, regardless of gender, race, or religion. We also work to prevent child labor, instead making sure artisans' children stay in school and have brighter futures. Artisans working with SERRV are paid fair wages in advance, to ensure they can support themselves and their families while they work. SERRV cares about the planet, and encourages artisans to use sustainable crafting methods and recycled materials in their handcrafts. Here at home, we also use recycled cardboard shreds to pack our products for safe shipping.SERRV provides loans and donations to help build workshops, fund healthcare and education initiatives, recover from natural disasters, and additional community improvement projects as needed.SERRV employs artisans who utilize traditional crafting methods, patterns, and materials to create their handcrafts.
With your support, we can continue to combat global poverty and work to help artisans and farmers build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.