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The First Presbyterian Church of Charleston recently announced it will open Hope Village, a year-round fair trade shop.

According to the church's news release, the church has hosted a global market, which returns 100 percent of the proceeds back to the artisans who made the products. Hope Village will continue this practice, the church states.

The village will sell items including jewelry, wood carvings, children's items, wood nativities and baskets from Africa.

"By making a purchase from Hope Village, you are directly and profoundly impacting the lives of each artisan and their family," the news release states. "Every purchase enables the artisans to help support their family with food, clothing, shelter and education enabling them to live a more just and sustainable life."

Hope Village is located on the first floor of First Presbyterian Church, corner of Virginia Street and Leon Sullivan Way in Charleston.

From December 3-22, shopping hours will be: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.