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Fair Trade Producers - Page 2

Bombolulu, Mombasa, Kenya.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Bombolulu, Mombasa, KenyaFounded in 1969 as a rehabilitation centre, Bombolulu`s disabled workshops for the handicapped employ 160 people from all over Kenya and were largely supported by the Kenya Association for the Disabled. Now, they are working towards social and financial independence. Many of the workers were victims of polio in childhood and would otherwise find it very difficult to find work.

Bombolulu assists in developing the skills and abilities of its workforce and is now one of the largest rehabilitation centres in Kenya. 

Working in wood and bone, the craftspeople then handpaint their products to decorate them with colours and patterns that reflect the local environment. Their Fair Trade jewellery is of mixed materials - bead, soapstone, bone, brass, silver or gold plate. Beads come from Maasai and Turkana traditions.

Bombolulu have supplied our batik bone bracelet which is decorated by hand with tribal patterns.

Bio Imaginarte, Mexico. 

The founders of BIO Imaginarte take the mantra "reduce, reuse and recycle" to heart.

The focus of BIO when it began in Mexico in 1992 was to educate the country of the need to protect and restore the environment.

Working with women who live in several villages, BIO helped design bags, jewellery and other functional products that are made from manufactured materials, reusing aluminum pop tops, rubber from tires and plastic billboards, as well as recycling paper and candy wrappers.

The women are paid a fair price for each piece that they make, which promotes the beauty of handmade products while addressing one of the main causes of environmental deterioration in Mexico - poverty.

 This soda pop ring pull coin purse has been created by these artisans.

CT Philip, India.

Image of Fair Trade Producer CT Philip, IndiaBased in Madras, C T Philip began in 1971 as a father and son partnership marketing Indian handicrafts.

India is a major country for the production of craft goods, but the business climate often means that the craft workers receive very little for their work and become dependent on moneylenders. Through CT Philip, Fair Trade producer groups, otherwise too small to consider exporting, are given access to overseas markets.

Workers are paid a fair price and get support with the complications of shipping and additional paperwork.

Our cotton Brit shopper with jute carrier - Union Jack design has been made by workers of this organisation.

Equitable Marketing Association (EMA), Kolkata, India. 

Image of Fair Trade Producer Equitable Marketing Association (EMA), Kolkata, IndiaEquitable Marketing Association is one of the oldest Fair Trade organisations in India - its founder worked with Gandhi. They run a community 10 miles from Kolkata, where disabled people from nearby villages live during the week and make leather products enabling them to contribute to their family`s income.
All EMA employees receive a provident fund, pension, medical insurance and a yearly bonus.

The charity Ekta Trust was set up by EMA and provides scholarships for widows and unemployed people living in Kamarhati, donates text books to numerous students through its text book grant scheme and is developing a centre for single mothers, widows and troubled wives. They also have an aim of planting 10,000 trees per year with the help of youth clubs in South Kolkata.

This brown leather coin purse was handmade by EMA artisans.

The Federation of Tibetan Co-operatives in India (FTCI), India.

Image of Fair Trade Producer The Federation of Tibetan Co-operatives in India (FTCI), IndiaBased in New Delhi, FTCI is a non-profit charitable society run by The Tibetan Government in exile, with the help of The Indian Government and aid from other organisations.

A Tibetan settlement was formed in 1959 after 100,000 Tibetan refugees fled Tibet when the Chinese forces invaded. There are currently 60,000 Tibetan Federation farmers living and working in India. FTCI now also works with local Indian artists.

Our stylish bone beads necklace, light brown ovals was made by these Fair Trade producers.

Friends Handicraft, Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Image of Fair Trade Producer Friends Handicraft, Kathmandu, NepalFriends Handicrafts is a nonprofit organisation based in Kathmandu, Nepal with the mission of fighting urban poverty, run by two Nepali women, Shanti and Nirjala. 

This small organisation supports skills training and income generation programs for women heads of household and single mothers living in and around the capital, Kathmandu - many of whom are survivors of human trafficking. This support fosters a sense of independence and confidence in an otherwise marginalized population.

The organization also provides books and school supplies for the children of participating women artisans and medical benefits including regular health checks. Should anyone need a loan, then this is provided with no interest added.

Friends Handicraft are dedicated to promoting women`s rights in a country where women are considered second class citizens. Over the last few years the number of employees has grown from  6  to now over 100 young women. By buying their Fair Trade gifts you are helping women in the developing world to start a new life.

Our cute Nelly elephant felt backpack has been handmade by Friends Handicraft. 

Fundacion Solidaridad, Chile.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Fundacion Solidaridad, ChileFundacion Solidaridad began more than 30 years ago as part of the Cooperation Committee for Peace in Chile (Copachi), supporting the production and sale of handicrafts made by political prisoners detained in prisons and detention camps during Pinochet`s regime in the 1970s.  Its mission is to help those who are marginalised or in poverty.

Based in Santiago, its small team of designers and sales staff now work with women's groups, family micro-enterprises and groups of handicapped people. Each group / business has its own specialism, which Fundacion Solidaridad tries to market nationally and internationally.


Get Paper Industries, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Get Paper Industries, Kathmandu, NepalGet Paper Industries is a handmade paper products co-operative, using waste materials such as cotton rags, waste paper and agricultural waste. The production process is environmentally friendly with the paper being dried in sunlight and a waste water treatment plant in operation.

Get Paper’s mission is to support traditional hand made paper crafts of Nepal in a commercial way and thereby provide employment opportunity, mainly for women. It empowers Fair Trade producers by involving them in the decision-making process.

40% of their profit is allocated to its sister organisation, which supports five schools, helping girls` education. It is also active in promoting AIDS awareness, supporting those with HIV and also tree plantation and agriculture-based income generating programmes.

Our recycled jewellery gift boxes are made by Get Paper. 

Godavari Woman’s Cooperative, India.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Godavari Woman’s Cooperative, IndiaA woman`s producer group, based in Narsapur on the banks of the Godavari Delta.
It supports around 1,000 lace artisans in 40 villages in Andhra Pradesh where the co-operative have members.

Their specialism is lace making and they are adapting their traditional craft to more modern designs to support the women and children who rely on this co-operative to earn a living.
Mrs Hemalatha started the group as she was so frustrated with being exploited by middle men and through her hard work she persuaded women in 30 villages to form a society, even going on hunger strike to gain recognition for independent status.
This was achieved on May 19th 1979.

The Godavari region is plagued with frequent natural disasters: cyclones, gales, floods, heavy rains and also occasional tidal waves.

Infrastructure is minimal. They do not have email and their next project is to raise funds to build a shelter for the women to work together in whilst sheltering from the elements.

Our hand-crocheted pink & red purse with lace flowers has been produced by Godavari artisans.  

Karm Marg, India.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Karm MargKarm Marg literally means the 'path of action' and begun with a handful of children living on the New Delhi railway station.

With the help of a social worker, they took to bring about a change in their lives by starting a small kitchen on a street-side to prepare free food for children there. The kitchen was run on the money contributed daily by the older children.

In the last seven years with the help of a small group of dedicated people, Karm Marg has grown to become a home for about 60 children, based on a 1.5 acres of farm land in Faridabad, outside New Delhi.

At the heart of Karm Marg's functioning has always been the idea to provide these children with a strong support system and to enable them with skills that allow them to be self reliant and sufficient. It is not only a home where children get love and care, but also a place where the children are exposed to various learning experiences.

Our recycled rag rug pencil case is handmade by Karm Marg artisans.

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