My mom told me about this site called Build a Nest. My understanding is that artisans donate items to the site, which sells them and uses the proceeds to provide loans to women in third-world countries to start small businesses with their arts and crafts and actually make a living. Sometimes they pay it back by giving goods back to Build a Nest.
Again, the benefits are two-fold. The obvious benefit is to the struggling people that are helped by the group. The less-obvious and more selfish benefit is getting your name out there, business-wise.
I'd like to give it a try, but I haven't heard back yet.