Our online store showcases unique products from social enterpreneurs in Canada and abroad.
How it all started
Merrycoop, our "merry" cooperative, sells handmade items from communities in 35 countries.
From training to marketing, we support social entrepreneurs every step of the way, so that they turn their craft into life-changing opportunities.
Under the Merrycoop umbrella, each group creates its own social enterprise and they are all community-led. That means they take ownership of their own success and contribute to local needs.
All proceeds from artisans' products go back to them to be reinvested in materials, training, or whatever they need for their business to succeed.
In order to help the cooperatives reach new markets, we started showcasing their work at fundraisers and events here in Canada.
A lot of people were interested in seeing more items, so we started attending markets and, eventually decided to create an online store in 2019! Welcome to Goods4Causes.
From an early stage, we started supporting Canadian social enterprises like Y.O.U., World Tailors, and Skilled Accents. Our 'Partners4Causes', who donate to one of Good Neighbors Canada's campaigns, also began selling under Goods4Causes and driving donations to the charity.
When COVID-19 hit and in-person markets were canceled, we launched the Good4People initiative with funding from the London Community Foundation for immigrants and refugees experiencing higher levels of vulnerability during the pandemic.
This initiative was a way to help vulnerable individuals to participate in the local economy by selling their crafts online. Good4People vendors use our platform free of charge and keep 100% of their sales.
This year, we are looking for vendors in Toronto, following our relocation. Besides newcomers (immigrants and refugees), the initiative is being expanded to include LGBTQ+ individuals, Indigenous people, people of colour and people experiencing poverty.
You can sell a variety of sustainable handmade items. At the moment, please note that we are unable to accept applications for food vendors, services, or used items.
Causes we support
When you visit Goods4Causes, you will also see products that raise funds for our campaigns.
Better Life for Girls gifts help girls in Cameroon to gain access to sanitary pads, as well as hygiene and women's health education.
Wishing Well gifts help us to build wells in Zambia to provide clean water to vulnerable people.
If you do not wish to purchase anything, but still want to help, you can donate to our social enterprise initiatives.