Store Hours: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
10:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.
212 North Minnesota Street, New Ulm, MN 56073
Visit us on Facebook.
For more information or to volunteer to staff our nonprofit please call or email.
New Ulm’s Own is a nonprofit fair trade store featuring fair trade products handcrafted by artisans in developing countries.
We offer fair trade chocolates and coffee, handcrafted gifts, jewelry and other products. These artisans lack access to markets, business skills and tools needed to grow. They use sustainable materials. Through such organizations as Ten Thousand Villages and Servv, we are able to access these products with an eye toward creating a better world.
We also feature artwork created by local artisans.
Our profits will go to support the operation of local charities such as the NUMAS Haus in New Ulm, Minnesota. NUMAS Haus provides emergency shelter and support services to homeless single mother families with school age children from the New Ulm, Minnesota area. The program is designed to help these families find permanent housing within 90 days, while addressing the root causes of homelessness for each family through counseling, educational programs and case management. The goal is to allow children to remain enrolled in New Ulm schools while their families become established.
Our local artisans include: Lanis Curtis, Carolyn "Annie" Earl, Carol Edwards, Ron Kahler, Sue Happel, Anne Klinkner, Sue Kral, Geri Leavens, Ruth Lindemann, John Olson, Elaine Paa, Pauline Hietala and more coming in the future.
90% of the population lives below the poverty line in the Upper East region of Ghana, the most impoverished area of the country. Generations of women from 17 different villages in this region benefit from weaving baskets with Trade Aid Integrated, a nonprofit organization supporting them with raw material access, weaving trainings, and global markets for their baskets. They earn a fair price for their baskets and additional funds are invested into their communities. When the women gather together they do so much more than weave—they build solidarity and unity. Stronger families and communities result.
Smolart is a self-help organization in the Western Kenyan community of Kisii, near Lake Victoria. As a unique source of kisii soapstone, this area is home to many artisans who make their living through carving. Smolart seeks to improve the lives of member carvers through marketing and logistical supports. Smolart works with 200 producer members, each of whom is a stakeholder. Each member works with several home-based artisans, for a total of some 1,000 carvers, thus creating job opportunities while also allowing artisans to be closer to their families.
The group's mission goes beyond providing a fair wage to artisans; they seek to eradicate poverty among their members, promote fair trade, oppose discrimination, to support community efforts and to manage resources sustainably. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Smolart since 2008.
World Fair Trade Organization endorses 10 Principles of Fair Trade: