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Fair Trade Producers

Here is a selection of Fair Trade producers from the developing world. They are listed over 4 pages, telling their unique stories with images and links to the products they make. Find out how your purchases with us helps them.

Remember that by buying our Fair Trade products, you are helping these producers towards economic empowerment and helping them build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.

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Art Camp, Mexico.

The artisans of Tecalpulco, Mexico have long been known for their silver and abalone (mother of pearl) jewellery. ArtCamp - short for Artesanas Campesinas (or rural female artisans), is a women-owned cooperative that continues this tradition. The group constantly introduces new methods, materials, and machinery to compete in the highly-competitive jewellery market. The artisans have become business women, understanding the importance of customer service, quality, and design.

Their product range includes semi-precious stones, shells, and resin. Each piece is accentuated by silver alloys or precious metals, and represents the tradition of fine Mexican jewellery.

These skillful artisans have created this red jasper & alpaca silver ring

The artisans of Tecalpulco, Mexico have long been known for their silver and abalone (mother of pearl) jewellery.
ArtCamp - short for Artesanas Campesinas (or rural female artisans), is a women-owned cooperative that continues this tradition.
 
The group constantly introduces new methods, materials, and machinery to compete in the highly-competitive jewellery market.
 
The artisans have become business women, understanding the importance of customer service, quality, and design.
Their product range includes semi-precious stones, shells, and resin.
Each piece is accentuated by silver alloys or precious metals, and represents the tradition of fine Mexican jewellery.
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Asha Handicrafts Association, Mumbai, India.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Asha Handicrafts Association, Mumbai, India.

Established in 1975 as a Fair Trade christian organisation to provide a marketing outlet to individual craftsman. In Sanskrit, Asha means “hope”.

India, which is one of the largest handcraft-producing countries in the world, offers an almost unlimited range of crafts and products. However, these beautiful items can be produced in conditions of abject poverty, with craft workers in bondage to moneylenders.

Asha gives marketing support and technical assistance to groups of small producers and craftsmen and women. By purchasing directly from the workers and giving generous advances, they increase income levels and help groups become self-sufficient. 

A team of christian welfare workers are employed to help producers with business concerns and issues.
Asha welfare workers are stationed at different producer groups and co-operatives, sharing skills and extending medical help and education to the workers and their families. Technical training is also provided to increase efficiency and to encourage the growth and development of cottage industries.

Asha Handicrafts produce our cute mixed wood heart-shaped trinket box

Aspiration International, India.

Image of Fair Trade Producer Aspiration International, India

Established in 1993 and based in New Delhi, India with 14 employees, Aspiration International are a relatively small Fair Trade manufacturing and export organisation looking to promote the work and welfare of artisans and families all over India, including Jaipur and Sarangapur.

The aim is to help them develop cottage industries, improving economic and social welfare and providing fair wages, which hopefully will lead to them becoming independent artisans.

Aspiration specialise in manufacturing wood products, such as jewellery boxes and our best selling wood bangle with zebra pattern.

B & B Crafts, South Africa.

Ben Ncube started B & B Craft & Recycling in 2002 working in the new South African tradition of making crafts from recycled materials, such as tin cans and discarded wire and incorporating beads in his designs.

As the demand for the products he made grew, Ben, “the Can Man” started training apprentices in the art form, paying them a fair price for the products they produced.

The training and production provides a sustainable income for a growing number of young people, women and those affected by HIV in Cape Town.

Recycled tin can and wire crafts in South Africa is often referred to as "Township Art". This beaded fish keyring is an example.

Gopalas, India.

Image of Fair Trade Producer The Association for Craft Producers (ACP), Nepal

Specialises in traditional embroidery, patchwork and other Indian textiles.

Gopalas was established as a platform for Indian artists and uneducated craftspeople who are in need of work. 

Production of their textiles is particularly important to women, because it is not machinery or tool dependant and they are able to do much of the work in their homes, which allows them to plan their work around caring for children and household responsibilities.

It’s overall aim is to provide skills and training to people with no education and to promote Indian craftwork around the world.

Our recycled patchwork squares shoulder bag is handmade by Gopalas artisans.

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