Mata Traders is rising brand of clothing and jewelry, with a social mission that is as inspiring as its aesthetics. The on trend pieces are made in Asia by World Fair Trade Organization artisan members projects. With a young design team, the pieces Mata Traders bring to market are perfect for the young at heart.
Matr Boomie is an independent Fair Trade company and member of the Fair Trade Federation, offering a wide variety of Fair Trade products made in India. Matr Boomie partners with disadvantaged artisan communities in India, providing them with sustainable employment and fair wages to help improve their economic and social standings. Along with providing sustainable employment to improve the economic and social standings of these communities, Matr Boomie sponsors community development projects to improve services such as healthcare and education in rural areas. The artisans aim to be environmentally-responsible by using as many recycled, reused, and natural materials and processes as they can.
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, they strive to save the art of making handicrafts.
Wild Woolies is a brand of dZi Handmade Designs who provide economic stability, safe working conditions and living wages for over 300 felt and knit artisans living in the Kathmandu valley. dZi are a founding member of The Fair Trade Federation.
Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans is a not-for-profit Palestinian NGO created in 2009 by local community members that works with the Bethlehem handicraft community. Committed to fair trade principles with a desire to bring fair prices and working conditions to every handicraft producer in the West Bank and Bethlehem area. They are working towards the formation of an Arab Fair Trade Forum and work closely with many other fair trade organizations locally and abroad with the common goal of bringing fair trade to Palestine.
Living in an underprivileged community approximately 30 minutes from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, artisans use bullet shells and bomb casings left over from conflicts three decades ago to make beautiful jewelry. The artisans at Craftworks Cambodia skillfully mold the reclaimed brass into these unique jewelry pieces. With the support of Craftworks Cambodia, the artisans generate an income that will provide their families and their communities the chance for a better future, make a fair wage for their work, and receive support for education and training in their community.
CFM, Community Friendly Movement is a 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.
Peoples Recovery Empowerment and Development Assistance Foundation, or PREDA,is a small but pro-active, charitable, not-for-profit organization working on a national and international level for Human Rights, especially the rights of women and children. Located in the Philippines, PREDA provides community support through a wide breath of projects. In addition, PREDA facilitates the international marketing and sales of handcrafted items that range from recycled juice bag totes to brush animals made from the buri palm, as well as food items such as dried fruit and juices.
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 live in our city. We began going into the the streets to visit the girls in the shops. Week after week we continue spending time chatting with them, taking them out for coffee, throwing birthday parties, and even giving English lessons. We have seen their doubts diminish and friendship begin to grow in its place.
Over time, some of the girls have come to trust us enough to leave their old life and come into our shelter. Our shelter is not meant to be a permanent residence. Our desire is to see the girls transformed through a loving community. The women in our shelter receive regular counseling where they begin to heal from their past hurts.We provide for them work as alternative means of support, medical checks and consultation, as well as vocational classes to prepare them for the future.
The Starfish Project is dedicated to helping exploited women.
Working with over 60 artisan groups of diverse backgrounds and cultures from all regions of Thailand, ThaiCraft generates a fair income for village artisans while keeping alive craft traditions. create thousands of fine hand-crafted products, including jewellery, clothing, fabrics, household items, basketry, decorations, stationery, musical instruments, learning games and more.
Some groups focus on, or include, people with special needs. Some others face social, political or environmental difficulties. The rest include village cooperatives, slum projects, and small community workshops.
All partners know about and are expected to follow Fair Trade practices and keep to internationally recognized standards of working behavior and responsibility.
Launched in 1999, Threads of Yunnanis a project designed to raise the standard of living among the people of Yunnan Province through rural economic development. Women of the Han, Lisu, Miao and Yi Chinese minority groups make authentic embroideries and handicrafts unique to their districts. The company Danyun helps them to promote and market these items.
With this project, the women are able to use their skills and creativity to raise their self-esteem and to earn money. They are provided an opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty which grips the mountain villages. Danyun also provides training in nutrition, hygiene, money management and personal and family development.
WorldFinds jewelry and accessories are handmade by
low-income women artisans in India,
who are improving their lives through their work in a women’s cooperative. Each
piece is designed and imported by Fair Trade Organizations who support the
development of the communities they work with.