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Tribes & Nations Fair Trade Store

Bringing Fairtrade coffee and tea to your kitchen, ethical gifts for your weddings and homewares of just provenance to your door!

Through this we hope to enable and support your Ethical and Just Life Style, while being a vocie for the poor through fair trade.

We are family business that was established in 2004. This came about after living in Tanzania for 5 years, with our then two small boys. It changed  our  thinking and style of living.

 We see poverty not just as a lack of income, but also a lack of choice and access to resources. Poverty also shows itself as lack of self-value (prostitution), promiscuity (HIV) and physical abuse (slavery). 

We also saw how a small change, such as paying a fair wage can bring about a big change to a person’s life.

It was Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. who said “before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world”. With that he reminded us that our much individualised western lives are still intimately connected with the people in our global village.

Our online fair trade store offers

  • a range of ethically sourced products
  • products of beauty and practicality,
  • friendly and efficient service, 
  • the 'T&N guarantee' of a FULL REFUND should your product be faulty in any way

Wherever possible our preference is for materials that rank high in sustainability -

We believe in Fair Trade, where people come before profit, where equality and fairness are a standard, all the while caring for the our one and only God given earth, and living as his disciple.

Tribes and Nations Speciality - Heart Call

If you would like to take things further we are here to enable you with this too. This is core to our hearts and our family business. We see this section as the 'seed sower' section, where we give you the seeds of change to sow far and wide, and you never know the good and love it brings, BUT you do know

“Every action in our lives touches some chord that will vibrate in eternity “Edwin Hubbell Chapin

We have a range of kits that are easy to use and come  with information that can explain the benefits of fair trade in simple and straightforward language.

Kits like -

  • Seed Sower Consignment  to take fair trade products to your home, church or work
  • Winter Warmer promotion pack of coffee,  tea and information
  • Resource pages full of fair trade and poverty information
  • Starter Pack with a compact range of consumables and great information

 

In all we welcome your questions, comments and suggestions as we walk together on this road of caring for the poor through fair trade.

Grant and Mignonne Murray

(02 4751 7071) (email - grant@tribesandnations.com.au)

 

TRIBES AND NATIONS - enabling and encouraging people to live with others in mind, while crafting a life of meaning.

 

 

 

Grow memories ...

As the New Year slowly unfurls, our children are back at school and mostly everyone is back at work, it seems time and space is once again on our hands. It is a good time to stop, have some down time and reflect on all that has happened in our family and relationships over the past two months. We all consider these two realms as significant, so now is as a good a time to ponder and contemplate how we can nourish and strengthen them.

An idea we picked up from a marriage enrichment course, from many years ago was to have a jar of special memories.  Grant and I have just celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary; on our 18th wedding anniversary, we were going through a very difficult time. On that anniversary, I wrote out 18 special events and experiences that we had been through, one for each year. This was to remember all the good, which would see us through this hard time. Grant still has it placed above his side of the bed.

This year we have agreed to have a special jar.  Each month (or whenever) we write a special event or experience the other has given us.  We hope this will make us look for the good, to appreciate each other, encourage and strength. We hope to read these as we celebrate our 27th anniversary.

Love, nurture, strengthening are values we tend to assume and not really work on, but when these seeds are sown and watered……well, I will leave that to your own beautiful picture.

In Feburary we have two events to highlight.

1 Well, we all know and look forward to Valentine's Day. Why not do something different this year by giving one of our specialty Fair Trade Hampers while on a creative date like - 

Go for a swim, just the two of you*

Rent paddle boats.

Kayak a river or lake.

Go hiking

Go camping (just the two of you)

Work out the stars in the night sky (@home)

Camp fire dinner(@home)

Picnic basket to watch the sunset/sunrise

Massage….shower/candles/aromatherapy oil(@home)

2. And the other is to note National Prayer and Fast Day is on the 25th of Feburary. You can participate as an individual or as a group in praying for our nation, Australia. If you feel drawn to this please do check this website out.

Many blessings

Grant and Mignonne