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Fair Trade Producers - Page 3

Heed Handicrafts, Bangladesh.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Heed Handicrafts, BangladeshWars and international disputes always bring suffering to ordinary people. After the Bangladesh war of Independence in 1971, thousands of Bihari people living as refugees in Dhaka were not allowed to return to Pakistan.

Social exclusion and lack of formal citizenship in Bangladesh made it impossible for them to get work.

Heed Handicrafts is a Fair Trade organisation and was inspired to create employment opportunities for the Bihari people in handicrafts production using locally available resources.

More than 30 years on, an estimated 10,000 people have had access to training and employment as a result of Heed’s activities. But it is not really about big statistics – it is about the changed lives of individuals. 
This unique dip-dyed silk scarf has been crafted by artisans at Heed

Jungle Berry, UK and Brazil.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Jungle Berry, UK and BrazilJungle Berry is an enterprise specialising in design-led Fair Trade jewellery made with natural materials sustainably sourced from the Amazon rainforest, in Brazil.

Their products are designed in the UK, but actually handmade by artisans and cooperatives in the Amazon rainforest.

Production has minimal environmental impact, whilst being genuinely beneficial to the indiginous people who make the jewellery. The craftspeople use the rainforest’s naturally occuring seeds, berries, wood and natural fibre to create stunning, contemporary eco-friendly jewellery.

Check out our range of beautiful silver Rainforest rings.

The Amazon rainforest is a moist broadleaf forest that covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America.

This river basin is a source of one-fifth of all free-flowing fresh water on Earth. Its rain forests are the planet's largest and most luxuriant, and amazingly, home to one in ten known species on Earth. The Amazon`s tropical rainforest makes up over half of the planet's remaining rainforests.

This basin encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), of which five and a half million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres) are covered by the rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, and with minor amounts in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

In the last decades, scientific research has established a clear link between the health of the Amazon and the integrity of the global environment, but still only a fraction of its biological richness has been revealed. Today, rapid deforestation threatens the Amazon. At current rates, 55 percent of its rain forests could be gone by 2030—a looming disaster not only for the region’s plants and animals, but for the world. 

Kuapa Kokoo, Kumasi, Ghana.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Kuapa Kokoo, Kumasi, GhanaDivine Chocolate was born in 1993 with the birth of Kuapa Kokoo, a pioneering cocoa farmers’ co-operative, dedicated to producing high quality cocoa and running a democratic organisation with the farmer`s interests at heart. In 1997 they entered into the UK market with The Day Chocolate Company, who launched the Divine range in 1998. Kuapa Kokoo farmers own 33% of The Day Chocolate Company, which means they influence how the company is run and get a share of the profits.

Making chocolate this way means children now have better access to clean water, healthcare and education.

Today, The Kuapa Kokoo cooperative has 45,000 members in 1,200 villages producing 6% of Ghana`s cocoa and is backed by UKaid from the Department for International Development.

Their delicious chocolate carries The Fairtrade Mark.

Madhya Kalikata Shilpangan (MKS), Kolkata, India.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Madhya Kalikata Shilpangan (MKS), Kolkata, IndiaThis organisation work by the motto: "to promote quality products, provide good working conditions for artisans, encourage environment friendly technology and develop community based production".

MKS rejuvenate the dying Indian handicrafts by helping the artisans to develop their skills through workshops, educational and medical facilities, financial aid for new equipment and long term interest free loans. In addition, they have introduced dust free equipment in their stone production unit to provide a more environmentally friendly atmosphere.

The preference of MKS for Fair Trade over the traditional commercial market is shown by transparency in its activities, the protection of traditional Indian handcrafts and a sense of social responsibility towards the artisans.

Our high quality leather purse, dark brown was handmade by MKS artisans.

Mahaguthi, Nepal.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Mahaguthi, NepalBased in Kathmandu, this organisation is the founder member of Fair Trade Group Nepal and has been established for over 22 years. Mahaguthi is a non-profit NGO and produces, exports and markets crafts from Nepal. Over a thousand individual producers are supported, many of whom are from remote and mountainous areas.
Over 90% of their workforce are women. 40% of their generated income provides women and children of the Tulsi Mehar Mahila Ashram Centre with food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and education.

Their founder, Tulsi Mehar Shrestha, spent time with Mahatma Gandhi and, as a devotee of his principles, started working with untouchables and low caste women to help them earn a living.
The Ashram he founded is truly inspirational as it provides skills training in spinning, weaving, dressmaking and blockprinting as well as having a lovely nursery for the workers’ children.

Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts, Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamThis organisation aims to find work for neglected families by selling Vietnamese Fair Trade handicraft products to both local and export markets, to customers that care about a fair wage and working conditions.
It also provides training and promotes self reliance to the disadvantaged women, children and ethnic families of Southern Vietnam.

Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts allows women to supplement their income with flexible work at home with payment rates far higher than they would get from normal commercial employers. Sales profits are used for funding various social work activities.

Mitra Bali, Indonesia. 

Image of Fair Trade Producer Mitra Bali, IndonesiaThe Mitra Bali Foundation was established in 1993 and is based in Bali, Indonesia. As a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) and a non-governmental and non-profit organisation they act as a market and export facilitator for small craft producers.

Mitra Bali work within a framework of approx 100 producer groups employing over 1,000 artisans with access to a free design centre facility for producers which provides a library of books, current magazines and consultations with product designers. They also hold monthly workshops focusing on new trends, technical aspects of production, health & safety and the use of environmentally sustainable resources.

They have a tree-planting scheme to replenish stocks of all Albesia wood used in its handicrafts. This is also part of the organisation`s efforts to promote reforestation to protect the livlihoods of indiginous people and to ensure they don`t become landless.

Around 20 artisans and their families are supported by production of these products.

Our beautiful round shell necklace with coconut beads was handmade by Mitra Bali artisans.  

Motif, Bangladesh.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Motif, BangladeshMotif was established in 1998 and is based in Bangladesh. It is an ethical trading, private ltd company and works with a number of small, family owned businesses as well as disadvantaged women artisans.

Motif looks to employ women experiencing discrimination for reasons more than poverty - some are former prostitutes, whilst others have been affected by leprosy or some may have been divorced or abandoned. Each situation stigmatises the women and reduces their chance of decent employment. With their employments at Motif  comes a ‘safe place’ where they can share with other women and be earning at the same time.

Motif specialise in using recycled materials in their work such as cement bags, food and crisp packets.
Traditional techniques are kept alive in hand-weaving, hand-loom weaving and basket weaving.

Our recycled food packets shopping bag has been made by Fair Trade artisans at Motif.  

New Overseas Traders, UK and India. 

Image of Fair Trade Producer New Overseas Traders, UK and IndiaNew Overseas Traders is a UK-based wholesaler/ importer and has been trading with family firms and co-operatives according to Fair Trade principles in India for over 23 years. 

All workers involved in making and packing  products are treated with respect in reasonable working conditions and are paid fair wages. The goods and production techniques are environmentally friendly, using recycled packaging and newspapers.  No child is exploited.

They support ideas for improving social medical and education conditions for worker families involved in the production of their goods.

Our chunky wood bracelet was handmade by Indian artisans working under these Fair Trade conditions.

Newspaper Bag Project, New Delhi, India.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Newspaper Bag Project, New DelhiStarted in 2004, this small Fair Trade project is run by a Non Government Organisation (NGO) whose mission is to shelter, feed and educate street children, usually boys, who have been living rough on the railway station at New Delhi, India. These elder children, now married with children of their own, generate an income by making newspaper bags and jute items.

The Newspaper Bag Project also involves over 80 women, who help construct  bags by recycling newspaper collected locally by the boys from homes, shops and offices using rickshaws.

Income from the project allows the NGO to take care of thirteen street children who live in a house in a village about an hour`s journey from the city.

As well as helping the local economy, the project has helped the boys to integrate into the wider community by attending school and playing, rather than pulling rickshaws, shoe polishing, rag picking or worse!

We stock a range of different sized recycled Indian newspaper bags

Noah’s Ark, India. 

Image of Fair Trade Producer Noah’s Ark, IndiaTheir mission statement has been "to change lives of grass root artisans through education and capacity building so that they may stand on their own feet & become more aware of fair working conditions and environment in order to prove the value & beauty of their hand made products".

Noah`s Ark was set up in response to the exploitation of poor artisans, by Samuel Masih in 1986, in one room in his house as an alternative way of trading with local crafts people around his hometown of Moradabad, northern India. From the beginning he was determined to ensure that artisans would be provided with the best rates of pay available and with the support to enable them to be freed from the grip of exploitation.

With Samuel’s resourcefulness the business has prospered: now there are more than 500 artisans are working for Noah`s Ark choosing Fair Trade employment to create better opportunities for their families and their communities.

And it is about more than just fair wages. Noah's Ark provides education classes for 50 local children who do not have the opportunity to go to school in Moradabad. Each worker is given provision for school expenses, loans for house repairs and healthcare insurance. A social worker is also employed to support the wider needs of the employees and their families and communities.

Our ingenious recycled bike chain pen pot has been hand-crafted by Noah`s Ark artisans.

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