Women and Fair Trade Old Town Fairfax Plaza 10420 North Street Fairfax, VA 22030
The Darfur Peace & Development Women’s Centers: Rebuilding lives one basket at a time When you buy a basket made by a displaced woman, you do so much more than just buy a product. You enable a woman to be self-sufficient. You help educate her. You empower her. When you empower a woman, you change the world. So if you want to change the world, buy a DPDO basket. – Paulette Cooper
Erin Gorman, CEO of Divine Chocolate: Uniting Success in Business with Fair Trade Chocolate can make a difference. "You can tell people intellectually why they have to make a change, but unless you give them a compelling emotional reason, their behavior stays the same," she says. "People are very emotional about chocolate.” – Forbes
The Enterprising Kitchen Empowering low-income women in Chicago to create a brighter future. Shawna’s story:
Women’s Bean Project Helps women to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment by teaching job readiness and life skills.
Arghand Cooperative Reclaiming Afghanistan with blossoms, not bullets Sarah Chayes Made from various fruits, herbs, and flowers native to the Kandahar region. Lotions Soaps Body Oil Silk scarves
Good Paper Changing lives one card at a time. Every person deserves a fair chance to participate in today’s global economy.
WorldFinds WorldFinds mission is to create employment for low-income women artisans in the developing world. Two years ago, Punam learned to bead from a family artisan cooperative in her neighborhood, and since then they have helped her family earn enough to survive. Punam’s family could not afford the dowry for her marriage - her mother is sick and her father cannot work regularly due to a chronic illness. Since working, she was able to pay her dowry as well as her mother’s medical treatments. Working in the cooperative means she is able to provide for herself as well as her family while remaining in a safe, caring environment. When she was only 11, Heena's father passed away, leaving her mother, Heena, and her 3 younger siblings to support themselves. Heena left school and learned to embroider from her mother. They got sporadic work from local contractors - but sometimes they got paid and sometimes they didn't. A neighbor let them know about a new self-help group in their area, a member of the World Fair Trade Organization. Heena is now 20, and has been working with them for two years. The workshop is nice, she is paid a living wage, and has clean water, medical insurance, and a savings plan. She is also able to save money for her marriage. Sushma lives in New Delhi, India with her husband and two young sons. She had to leave school early due to distance and family illness. Now, Sushma works 5-6 hours a day and supplements her husband's income to sustain their family. She pays for her children's school fees, food, and clothing.
Global Mamas Global Mamas assists the women of Africa in attaining economic independence. All proceeds made by Global Mamas’ sales go directly to the women producing the merchandise and to business development programs. Hannah Dodoo, Seamstress Batiking & Sewing Center (Cape Coast) In 1982, Hannah began her own seamstress shop with a small bank loan. Starting in her own home with no apprentices, she has come a very long way. Now "Hadod Fashions," her busy shop in the Cape Coast market, employs seven apprentices and nine workers. Hannah's future plan is to purchase a computer this year and use it for designing. Hannah's hard work with Global Mamas has allowed her to share her welfare with her employees. For example, one worker was finally able to rent a house, and another was able to assist her spouse in expanding his business.
Ember Arts Partners with women in Uganda, East Africa to create beautiful jewelry using recycled paper and plastic. Through the connection to the American market our Ugandan partners are able to rebuild their lives and families, and rekindle their hopes and dreams, after a devastating civil war. They embody the unquenchable ember of the human spirit.
Aid Through Trade Founded with a desire to bring the artistry and craftsmanship of Nepali designers to a western market, while at the same time improving the social and economic status for the artisan groups. Name: Ambika Age: 39 Marital Status: Married Children: 2 boys – Aasis (22) and Anil (15) Household Members: husband, sons, father-in-law, mother-in-law Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Prior work experience: Farming and Housewife Level of education: No formal education Main work benefit: The ability to pay for children’s education and other expenses. Main desire in life: Saving money for the future and a change in lifestyle. Best thing about the ATT artisan group: Ambika feels good about herself and appreciates how the artisans help one another at work.
UPAVIM The mission of UPAVIM is to empower the community of La Esperanza in Guatemala City, giving them an opportunity to improve their quality of life, for themselves and for their families. Generates employment – UPAVIM has created well-paid jobs with flexible hours for 60 women. Addresses health care needs – UPAVIM offers medical and dental services, laboratory, pharmacy, and courses in preventative medicine, and; Provides educational services for adults and children – many members of UPAVIM were barely literate when they joined the organization. Today, some women are in university.