Global Gifts Receives Grant to Teach Skills Training to HIV+ Men and Women in Kenya

Global Gifts Receives Grant to Teach Skills Training to HIV+ Men and Women in Kenya

For Immediate Release
June 2, 2017

Indianapolis, IN - The Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) has awarded a grant of $3,000 to Global Gifts. The grant was matched by resources and funds by Global Gifts. Global Gifts is a non-profit fair trade organization providing customers with products handmade by artisans from over 40 developing countries. Global Gifts says the grant will allow local artist, Barbara Zech, to travel to Kenya and teach artisans employed by Imani Workshops. The artisans will receive skills training that will help them introduce a new line of products.

Imani Workshops is a program connected with AMPATH and employs women and men who are HIV+ and in need of employment and benefit from personal development opportunities the workshop provides. Global Gifts has partnered with Imani Workshops since 2014 to bring new products to the US market and increase employment at the workshop. “We are excited about the opportunity this grant provides to enhance the capabilities at Imani Workshops and provide more artisans who are HIV+ in Kenya employment,” said Executive Director Sam Carpenter.


Global Gifts is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit fair trade organization with four store locations in Indiana and Ohio. Global Gifts is committed to serving impoverished artisans and producers in developing countries by providing customers with one-of-a-kind items handcrafted by fairly paid adults from over 40 countries around the world. Each purchase made at Global Gifts supports fair trade practices and principles - ensuring artisans and producers are paid fair wages and provided with safe working conditions.

For nearly 30 years Global Gifts has been helping people spend their shopping dollars in ways that benefit people around the world. Every purchase is a vote for fair trading practices and the ethical treatment of all people. 

For more information about Global Gifts, visit



The Efroymson Family Fund, a donor-advised fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, continues a long legacy of charitable commitment by the Efroymson family in central Indiana. The Efroymson Family Fund was established in 1998 by Dan and Lori Efroymson to promote the viability of communities and to date has awarded more than $100 million in grants in central Indiana and beyond. For more information about The Efroymson Family Fund, visit

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