Our online store showcases unique products from social enterprises and artisans abroad and in Canada.
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! Welcome to Goods4Causes.
From an early stage, we started supporting Canadian social enterprises like Y.O.U., World Tailors, and Skilled Accents. Good Neighbors & Friends partners, who donate to one of our causes, could also start selling on Goods4Causes.
When COVID-19 hit and in-person markets were canceled, we launched the Birch Tree Initiative with funding from the London Community Foundation for newcomers (immigrants and refugees) experiencing higher levels of vulnerability during the pandemic.
Like the tree that symbolizes new beginnings, this was a way to help them participate in the local economy by selling their crafts online. Vendors use our platform free of charge and keep 100% of their sales.
Birch Tree 2022
This year, besides newcomers (immigrants and refugees), the initiative is being expanded to include Indigenous people and parents in households experiencing poverty.
You can sell a variety of sustainable handmade items. For examples, of products or descriptions, visit our current vendors on www.goods4causes.ca.
Due to COVID-19, we are unable to accept applications for food vendors, services, or used items.
Causes we help
When you visit Goods4Causes, you will also see products that raise funds for our campaigns.
Better Life for Girls gifts help girls in Uganda gain access to sanitary pads, as well as hygiene and women's health education.
Wishing Well gifts help us 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 income generation initiatives.