Meet Bilquis, a maker of our Anfa Envelope Clutches
"Coming to the center to embroider every day relieves stress for me. I feel lighter after meeting and talking to the other women."
Meet Dorothy, a maker of our Kigugu bracelets
Her long term plan is to buy a big plot of land where she can cultivate crops such as casava, maize and potatoes so that she and her grand children can live off of her land together.
[Artisan photos and story from www.nakateproject.com]
Meet Ferdoz, the maker of our Hexagonal and Mango Wood Bangles
"Before we used to just sleep, eat, read the Koran, and wait for a husband. Now, we are business women and we are becoming famous around the world and it feels great."
[All photos and story from www.ravenandlily.com]
Meet Geeta, the maker of our Sun & Sky Necklace
Geeta works with Toucan Krafte, an artisan group in New Delhi. The oldest of 7 children, she left school early to help support her family. She found the fair trade group a year ago without knowing anything about jewelry. She went through their training program, and soon she learned how to bead jewelry and crafts. Geeta now helps to teach other women in her community. The fair wage she earns has enabled her to help support her family, and to continue sending her younger siblings to school.
Meet Ingenzi Knit Union, the makers of our Indego Africa Scarves
"Indego Africa has enabled me to envision a new life for myself and a different economic future than I ever thought possible." – Marie Rose, 45
The Ingenzi Knit Union is comprised of 127 members drawn from four primary knitting co-ops: Hope, Hosiana, Mpore Mama, and Susuruka, located in Kigali and Mayange. The Ingenzi Knit Union (IKU), which was founded with the assistance of long-time NGO partner Rwanda Knits, is the first and only cooperative union of its kind in Rwanda. Coupled with knitwear orders for the local market, IKU is a business on its way up!
[All photos and story from www.indegoafrica.org]
Meet Srey, a maker of our Cambodian upcycled bags & wallets
Srey worked in a sweatshop in Cambodia until 2002 when, on the way to attend a ceremony at a temple, she tragically stepped on a landmine. The explosion left her badly injured and she lost one of her legs. She also lost her job and her hope after the accident, but with the support of friends and family she found the strength to continue. In 2004, she learned how to sew bags and wallets for a local NGO. In 2005 she started teaching children, at a healthcare center, how to sew, and in 2009, she was employed training amputees to sew bags and wallets. Finally, she found Craftworks Cambodia and was able to start her own small business producing eco-friendly silk bags, wallets and other items. She works with disabled artisans, those afflicted by polio, and mine victims such as herself. Working with Craftworks Cambodia provides these artisans with a steady fair income, hope for the future and a good life for their families.
[All photos and story from Craftworks Cambodia]