The Welcome Mat is a fair trade home goods store operated out of the VIC. The Welcome Mat brings socially and environmentally sustainable products from Peru, Thailand, Kenya, India, Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, and many more here to Northwest Indiana!
Why do we care about fair trade? “Fair trade” prevents abuse or manipulation of the artisan, ensures that the artisan that crafted the good is paid fair and livable wages, and the items are socially and environmentally sustainable. This boosts the artisan’s local economy and promotes sustainable living. Even the smallest purchase can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors abroad.
The VIC is truly fortunate to be able to provide Northwest Indiana with the opportunity to aid artisans' developing economies; easily purchase quality, international goods; and promote the mission of the Valparaiso International Center, all at the same time!
The Welcome Mat hours of operation:
Monday - Friday 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm