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SERRV is a self-help program started following WWII to help refugees earn a living by developing a market for their handicrafts.  SERRV is now at work in over 40 developing countries around the world.  SERRV provides start up capitol and helps local groups perfect their hand crafts to appeal to the US market.

All of the items are fair traded which means the producer receives a fair market value for their work and has a reliable market for the product.  When we have sold $2,000 worth of product a family of four in a developing country has been supported for one year.  SERRV was started by the Church of the Brethren and is now an independent not-for-profit agency.

Simpson UMW has been selling SERRV handicrafts since 1995.  We purchase from SERRV, International; Mayan Hands and UPAVIM.  We offer a wide variety of hand crafts and food products.  We list current SERRV sales on the Simpson UMC web site.  We offer jewelry, carved wood, baskets, scarves, recycled glass items, nativity sets, olive oil, coffee, tea, and chocolate.  For more information or to schedule a sale contact Mary Gates, 612 789 8767


SERRV Sales in 2018




April 14


Brooklyn UMW meeting & SERRV sale



April 22

Good Samaritan UMC

before and after worship



May 30-31

Minnesota Annual Conference

St Cloud


June 8-9

UCC Conference

College of St Benedict, St Cloud



July 13-14

UMW Mission u 

Kelly Inn, St Cloud


Sept 8

Church Women United Annual meeting


Nov 8-10

Walker Auxiliary Jewelry and SERRV sale



Dec 1-2

Richfield UMW and UMC sale


Dec 11-13

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May 27-28

Minnesota UM Annual Conference

 St Cloud, Mission Fair