Our PartnersWe are privileged to work with over 25 Fair Trade Partners representing over 200 different artisan groups in over 40 countries. Here are a few of their stories:
Global Mamas transforms the lives of women in Africa by creating sustainable income opportunities which lead to financial independence. Global Mamas was founded in 2002 with the goal of providing sustainable work for women entrepreneurs in Ghana.
Starting with only 6 orginal batikers and seamstresses in Cape Coast, Ghana the organization quickly grew to over 700 members in 7 different communties with traditional skills including sewing, batiking, bead making and shea butter production. Global Mamas is committed to Fair Trade and is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and The World Fair Trade Organization. Sales of Global Mamas’ products provide dignity to African women who are now able to earn a living wage.
Freeset Global is located in Sonagacchi, the largest, most infamous sex district in Kolkata, India. Within a few square miles more than 10,000 women stand in line selling their bodies to thousands of men who visit daily. Many are trafficked from Bangladesh, Nepal and rural India. For others poverty has left them without options. The cries of their hungry children drive them to sell their bodies. In India, prostitution is big business and thrives on exploitation and slavery, robbing the poor of dignity and innocence.
Freeset exists specifically to provide freedom for women from the sex trade, women who were forced into prostitution by trafficking or poverty. These women didn't choose their profession it was chosen for them. Now, they're being offered a real choice. When they choose to work at Freeset, they can start new lives, regain dignity in their communities, and begin a journey towards healing and wholeness.
All profits from Freeset in Kolkata benefit the women (salary, health insurance and retirement plan) and are used to grow the business. The great thing is, when you buy a Freeset product, you directly participate in a woman's journey to freedom.
God is Able Jewelry is a Christian community based project which exists to mobilize, rebuild and empower HIV-positive women in Kampala, Uganda.
By making beautiful jewelry out of recycled paper rolled into beads, the women are able to earn a fair living wage, gain a sense of belonging in the community, and realize their God-given potential through their hand skills.
This project is under the umbrella church, St. Peter's Naguru Church of Kampala which is a partner church with Compassion International. The largest composition of the beaders are widowed women and single mothers who have lost their husbands to HIV/AIDS or the armed conflict in Northern Uganda.
Partners for Just Trade works with artisans and farmers that live in poverty (defined as less than $3 per person per day in a family) or extreme poverty (less than $1 per day), and with groups who have a minimum of five people from different families.
With our Peruvian Trade Partner Bridge of Hope, we work with over 15 different artisan groups located in Lima and various communities in the Andes. Bridge of Hope's office is located in Lima but they have staff traveling to and working in the remote villages in which some of the artisans live. Bridge of Hope trains artisans in accounting, design, quality control and other skills that help them run their own business.