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Afrika Pamoja is a Fair Trade accredited Kenyan social entrepreneurial project where young women who learned to make handicrafts can earn a living. These young women joined the Teenage Mothers and Girls Association of Kenya to learn vocational skills and chose craft-making from the available training programs including secretarial, hair-dressing, and tailoring. The women carry on the long tradition of making jewelry from recycled materials, an income-generating vocation for many men and women in the Kisumu, Kenya area. In addition to supporting the sales of products the young women of TEMAK make, Afrika Pamoja also acts as a marketing organization for other craftspeople in Western Kenya.
The artisans of Tecalpulco, Mexico have long been known for their silver and abalone jewelry. ArtCamp, short for Artesanas Campesinas (or rural female artisans), is a women-owned, Fair Trade accredited cooperative that continues this tradition. The group constantly introduces new methods, materials, and machinery to compete in the highly competitive jewelry market, even surviving a collapse in the marketability of their pieces in the 1990s after jewelry from other countries flooded the US market. The artisans have become business women, understanding the importance of customer service, quality, and design. Their product range includes semi-precious stones, shells, and even tiny flowers captured in resin. Each piece is accentuated by silver alloys or precious metals, and represents the tradition of fine Mexican jewelry.
India has always been renowned for its rich silk fabrics, woodcarvings and carpets. However, many of these products are produced in conditions of abject poverty for the craftsmen, exploited by large producers and moneylenders. Asha Handicrafts is a not-for-profit making body, based in Mumbai, India, working to promote Fair Trade and Fair Trade practices. As a member organisation of theThe World Fair Trade Organization Asha Handicrafts ensures that the benefits of handicraft production reach the craftspeople themselves.
Ayni Bolivia are a Fair Trade certified organisation that works with 25 small producer workshops in Bolivia.
They produce hand-woven alpaca, alpaca fabric with manual machines, woven macramé or crochet alpaca, alpaca woven on handlooms, shaped and glazed ceramic or traditional hand painted with natural ochres, hand knitted toys, animal wood carvings, embroidery and cotton. All new producer groups entering Ayni Bolivia are supported until they move from vulnerability to self-sustainability.
The work of Ayni Bolivia is focused on developing the capabilities of producers to achieve economic stability and emotional and social welfare. They aim to create commercially viable products to allow a living wage for all producers, promoting craftsmanship and bringing a true source of dignified and secure jobs in Bolivia.
Basha’s vision is to continue to grow as long as there are women in Bangladesh in need of dignified work. Basha dreams of a day when women are not at risk of exploitation and don't live in fear.
Through dignified work, Basha provides a sustainable livelihood for women at risk and survivors of trafficking. Women gain job skills and the opportunity to develop into leaders and entrepreneurs in a healthy, healing environment. Each woman’s story varies, but for each her circumstances have put her at high risk of harm or resulted in her exploitation. We work with employees’ children too, ensuring the cycle of poverty and victimization is broken.
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Brass Images was established in 1988 in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, about a 4 hour drive out of Cape Town. They are Fair Trade accredited. The long lasting success of the project is due to the fact that the group develops new designs on a regular basis and pays great attention to detail and quality. Brass Images employs 15 people from the local community to help create high quality fashion jewelry. As demand grows, the organization hires and trains more artisans, providing sustainable income in an area in need of employment.
CFM, Community Friendly Movement is a Fair Trade accredited social enterprise based out of New Delhi, India whose mission is to create income for its primary stakeholders, artisan communities in rural India, by working directly with the community, reducing the number of levels in the chain, and increasing the sustainable income of the individual. In addition to international marketing support, CFM trains groups on the importance of quality, enabling producers to create high quality, internationally-marketable goods.
Born of a desire to reduce India's mountain of waste, improve energy efficiency, and help some of Delhi's poorest out of the city's slums, Conserve India achieves all this by turning plastic bags into high fashion.
Conserve started as a fledgling recycling project but quickly adapted to confront the biggest challenge it was facing – what to do with the thousands of plastic bags that could not be composted or recycled locally.
After much experimentation, the Conserve team hit upon the idea of not recycling, but upcycling by washing, drying, and pressing the bags into sheets. Handmade Recycled Plastic (HRP) was born and designs for handbags, wallets, shoes and belts quickly came flooding in.
Today, Conserve India employs and trains hundreds of people from Delhi's most disadvantaged communities to clear their streets of the plague of plastic bag waste. Once the waste bags are turned into HRP products they are sold for profits which can be spent in those same communities on education and welfare programmes.
Living in an underprivileged community approximately 30 minutes from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, artisans make jewellery from recycled bomb shells and bullets as part of this Fair Trade accredited project. These artisans use bomb casings left over from Cambodia's wartime three decades ago.
Artisans skilfully mould bomb shells into beautiful jewellery pieces. With the support of Craftworks Cambodia, the artisans generate an income that will provide their families and their communities a chance at a better future. Through Craftworks Cambodia, the artisans make a fair wage for their work and receive support for education and training in the communities in Cambodia.
Richard Cohen founded Distant Village in July 2000. Having established work experience in international business, strategy, and technology, Mr. Cohen“ a seasoned traveler to more than 60 countries“ developed exclusive relationships with the world's finest artisans of hand-made packaging. We strive to create mutually beneficial relationships throughout the global community through fair and ethical business practices. We hope to create benefits for our customers by introducing them to truly innovative branded packaging solutions; for the Distant Village team with enriching and rewarding opportunity; and for global communities with profit-sharing support. They are Fair Trade accredited.
Faire Collection (formally Andean Collection) is a preeminent brand of accessories, with a social mission that is as inspiring as its aesthetics. Designed in New York City and handcrafted by artisans in South America and Vietnam, Faire Collection is adored across the globe and can be found in thousands of locations, from Paris to Poughkeepsie. Our fresh, on-trend jewelry is made from sustainably harvested seeds, while our line of hats, scarves and belts are exquisitely handmade and fair trade. As a social enterprise, we substantially reduce poverty in disadvantaged communities in South America and inspire positive change through our social programs, which are funded through your purchase. Beautiful creations should have beautiful impacts. With one life to live, we intend to make the most of it and inspire you to do the same.
Working with more than 100 individual carvers in Machakos, Kenya, Jedando Modern Handicrafts markets african handicrafts primarily made of wood and bone worldwide. Carving is a tradition in Kenya with the children learning the craft from their parents. Carved by hand using only rudimentary hand tools, olive wood bowls, salad serving sets, and animal-shaped napkin rings take shape from pieces of olive wood, mahogany, and mpingo, or "African Ebony".
An integral part of the organization's function is to educate the craftspeople on the need for reforestation to enable the products to be available for years to come and offer a sustainable income for generations. While wood carving provides the major income for many in the Machakos area, other craftspeople earn a living by further enhancing the products including painting the napkin rings and carving discarded animal bone for the handles of salad serving sets. Often the bone is "batiked" by placing wax on the white bone and dipping the bone a dark brown/black dye, resulting in patterns African mud cloth designs.
We are an award-winning ethical clothing company with ranges for adults, kids and babies. Backed by a strong ethical ethos, we strive to create fashionable, high quality garments that will be worn and loved for years to come. Founded in 2000 by Prama Bhardwaj, Mantis World has gone from strength to strength, showing that commercial, large volume manufacturing can happen in an ethical and sustainable manner with care to everyone in the supply chain. It really is well made clothing, made well.
Mantis World are accredited under a number of ethical and sustainable certifications, including the GOTS® (Global Organic Textile Standard), the SA8000® standard and the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100.
Matr Boomie is an independent Fair Trade company and member of the Fair Trade Federation. They began in 2006 (as Handmade Expressions) with the mission of creating opportunities for women and minorities to realize their creative, economic and leadership potential. Since then they have grown their network to empower 20,000 artisans in 40 partner communities throughout India.
An NGO, Noah’s Ark Handicrafts & Artisan Welfare Society, was created in 2000 to advance the charitable activities of the organization, which now include clean water, education, health and capacity building initiatives. Through our work, we give an identity to the artisan’s craft and help them to appreciate the value of their products while ensuring they have the skills and resources to succeed in a changing market. Like the biblical story of Noah’s Ark that symbolizes the concept of saving mankind, we strive to save the art of making handicrafts.
Formerly International Princess Project
No human being should be owned by anyone, anywhere, for any reason- ever. It really is that simple.
We are passionate about India- where some of the highest estimates of slavery and sex-trafficking anywhere in the world are reported. And while it may seem overwhelming, we are hopeful because we are seeing how safe, sustainable jobs are making a way for women to make their way out of the trade- and stay out.
Our PUNJAMMIES™ are inspired by the beauty, colors and textures seen throughout the local culture and are crafted by brave women in the community who wish to remain free from the trade they escaped.
That’s why we say that Sudara goods are made from hope, and made for comfort.
Reaching Out (or Hòa Nhập in Vietnamese which means Integration) is an enterprise established in 2000 by a group of other-abled people led by Le Nguyen Binh, who is wheelchair user. This social business, operating according to Fair Trade principles is head quartered in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Reaching Out gives its artisans the opportunity to earn a fair wage, to have accessible, comfortable working conditions and democratic working relationships.
Reaching Out does not focus on the abilities that their craftspeople may lack, but instead on the skills and talents which they do have. Through awareness and training they are able to develop their unique aptitudes. Their environment encourages artistic expression and creativity and every team member is empowered to participate fully in their design innovation.
There are exploited women in every city in the world.
In 2006 a small group of friends began to reach out to the ones who lived in their city. They began going into the streets to visit the girls in the shops. Training in jewellery making for wholesale markets has created a sustainable income in wholesale jewellery production, and the project is Fair Trade accredited.
Over time, some of the girls have come to trust The Starfish Project enough to leave their old life and come into a shelter. Shelters are not meant to be a permanent residence. The desire is to see the girls transformed through a loving community. The women in their shelter receive regular counselling where they begin to heal from their past hurts. Starfish Project provides work as alternative means of support, medical checks and consultation, as well as vocational classes in wholesale jewellery production to prepare them for the future.
WorldFinds is an independent Fair Trade company and member of the Fair Trade Federation.
WorldFinds is a fair trade wholesaler of womens accessories and gift items. The original designs are handmade by women's groups and fair trade organizations in India, Nepal, and Indonesia.