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About Our Partners

United States

Gifts for the Journey 
Country: United States
Products: Bar soap
Demographics of artisans: Sex trafficking and gender-based violence and addiction survivors

Gifts for the Journey is a sister organization with our National Network, in Wisconsin run by women with a history of abuse, prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. The women create natural, handmade bar soaps for the enjoyment of your home.

Branded Collective
Country: United States
Products: Bracelets, necklaces
Demographic of artisans: Sex trafficking and gender-based violence and addiction survivors

Branded Collective exists to empower survivors of human trafficking through meaningful employment and economic independence. Branded Collective employs survivors of human trafficking from Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee. Branded is an economic empowerment jobs program where the women collaborate with local artisans to design and handcraft the jewelry collection.

Costa Rica

Hands Producing Hope
Country: Costa Rica and Rwanda
Products: Jewelry, woven baskets
Demographic of artisans: Women with disabilities and extreme poverty

The women of Hands Producing Hope make jewelry and home goods in Costa Rica and Rwanda. Proving the economic, educational and spiritual resources that enable them to rise above poverty. 

Mexico

Moringa Madres
Country: Mexico
Products: Moringa for tea and Thistle Farms body products
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

Based in Mexico, the Moringa Madres, Spanish for ‘mothers’, is a social enterprise employing survivor leaders who grow, harvest, and sell nutrient- rich moringa to provide economic freedom for their families and community. Moringa is referred to as the “Miracle Tree” due to its detoxing effect as well as its extraordinary nutritional benefits with include: protein, vitamin a, potassium, calcium and vitamin c. The Moringa Madres organization is a Thistle Farms Global Initiative.

Guatemala

Mayan Hands
Country: Guatemala
Products: Baskets, bags, trivets, scarves, table runners, place mats, ornaments
Demographic of artisans:Extreme poverty

Mayan Hands is a fair trade nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Mayan women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish. We believe that when provided economic opportunity and income over time, women can build sustainable futures for themselves, their families and communities. Mayan women are the poorest of the poor in Guatemalan society, with few opportunities for an education or earning a living. Even though they are renowned as textile artists the world over, lack of alternatives and fierce competition forces them to sell their products at very low prices, sometimes under cost. 

Haiti

Haiti Babi
Country: Haiti
Products: Knitted baby essentials
Demographic of artisans: Mothers in extreme poverty

Haiti Babi trains moms to knit and crochet, empowering them to earn a sustainable living wage, provide for their children, and keep their families together. The women knit beautiful blankets and hats for babies.

Beljoy
Country: Haiti
Products: Jewelry
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

Béljoy is a distinct line of handcrafted jewelry produced in Haiti by local artisans. Béljoy offers women in Haiti the opportunity to earn a dignified and consistent wage through the art of jewelry making. By teaching this trade and paying a superior wage, they hope to encourage women and empower them to provide for their families.

Honduras

Mission Lazarus
Country: Honduras and Haiti
Products: Leather Goods
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

Mission Lazarus’s Job creation and social enterprise programs transform lives and provide an opportunity to build relationships. They are committed to providing jobs that pay dignified wages in employment-deprived communities it Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Mission Lazarus aims to support the families and communities with a sustainable income to create a bright future as well as play an active role in the continued development of their own family members and community.

Ecuador

Sibimbe
Country: Ecuador
Products: Pillows, stoles, bags, travel cases
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

Sibimbe began out of the school that our founder, Becca Stevens started in 1998 in the Los Rios region of Ecuador. They sew a variety of handmade altar cloths, sheets, stoles, table runners, and backpacks to earn a living wage and improve the quality of life for their families. The women are survivors of extreme poverty and domestic abuse.  Our hope is to improve the equipment, mentor new sewers, and increase their market.

Peru

The Monkey Project
Country: Peru
Products: Children's hand-crocheted animals and ornaments
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

The Monkey Project believes that love is the most powerful force in the world, and as a social enterprise they express that love through their commitment to fair-trade business practices. They provide work to talented Peruvian women who hand-crochet each of our lovable sock monkeys while also, educating the younger generation on social issues and the concept of giving back.

Armenia

Melange Collection
Country: Armenia and Peru
Products: Children's hand knitted animals
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

Melange Collection has developed long-term, committed partnerships around the globe, to help promote sustainable income, environmental awareness and greater economic equality. Providing fair prices in the local context, offering fair credit terms and prompt payment, while promoting safe and healthy workplaces with respect to cultural diversity.

Greece

Love Welcomes
Country: Greece
Products: Welcome mats and table runners
Demographic of artisans: Refugees

A social enterprise initiated by Thistle Farms to provide meaningful compensated work to women living in refugee camps. It moves refugees towards social integration and economic security. LOVE WELCOMES works with 9 women, of the Ritsona Refugee Camp through a weaving social enterprise. The weavers receive a fair salary, while the entire camp gains access to legal assistance and food security from the sales of the homewares. In the coming year, we hope to assist LOVE WELCOMES by growing its UK and US marketplace and create more job opportunities for more women in camps.

Rwanda

Ikirezi
Country: Rwanda
Products: Sisal bowls, natural essential oils
Demographic of artisans: Genocide survivors

An organic agribusiness that produces high-quality essential oils and sisal bowls out of Rwanda. Ikirezi achieved its first organic certification in 2006, which has opened up not only a local market but an international marketplace. Farmers go through vocational training on best-growing practices and business management classes, so they can have ownership over their own farms and provide ram materials. Ikirezi works primarily with widows and adult orphans from the genocide through holistic efforts to restore dignity, improve livelihoods and rebuild communities.

3 Mountains
Country: Rwanda
Products: Tea and woven baskets
Demographic of artisans: Genocide survivors

3 Mountains connects people who want to make a difference while enjoying premium products and unique opportunities around the world. Their approach to development supports mental health, training for trainers and small business development. Enjoy a cup of tea straight from the organic farms of Rwanda.

Kazi
Country: Rwanda
Products: Sisal home products
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

Employing artisans across Africa from rural villages to developing towns, Kazi provides training and fair wage jobs to restore dignity and promote self-sufficiency. Reinvesting their profits into more development programs for artisans, Kazi trains rural farmers to become crafts workers in new techniques to expand their markets. 

Kenya

Lwala Community Alliance
Country: Kenya
Products: Skirts, baby slings, robes
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

Lwala Community Alliance services the local community in Kenya with healthcare and schooling. There is also a sewing co-op that enables women to design and produce beautiful textiles. Everything from baby swaddles to bathrobes, Lwala is able to create products for a larger market. But what is more important, they are able to support their local community through the sewing co-op, making school uniforms and reusable sanitary pads for the women and children of Lwala. 

Uganda

Purpose Jewelry
Country: Uganda
Products: Jewelry
Demographic of artisans: Human trafficking survivors and extreme poverty 

Purpose Jewelry aims to pair the art of jewelry making with a holistic care, to ensure every artisan receives freedom and hope for the future. Through their non-profit, International Sanctuary, Purpose Jewelry is able to include education, health care and counseling. The programs provided for every artisan will equip the women life skills and opportunities to succeed.

India

Anchal
Country: India
Products: Quilts, pillowcases, scarves, weekender bags
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty and sex trafficking survivors

Anchal’s holistic program provides Indian women artisans with a fair wage and ability to empower and develop their own community. The women artisans use a decorative stitch known in Indian culture to provide comfort and protection to loved ones. Each stitch holds meanings of love with every textile you purchase from Anchal.

Himalayan Naari
Country: India
Products: Scarves, hats, stoles
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

The women of Naari create beautiful handmade products by combining traditional techniques and natural materials with modern designs. Through this regeneration of knitting and weaving practices, over 100 Naari artisans are improving their lives and strengthening local communities while creating a sustainable global business.

Sustainable Threads
Country: India
Products: Textiles
Demographic of artisans: Women with disabilities, survivors of gender-based violence and extreme poverty.

Sustainable Threads exclusively promotes fair trade, handmade products made with natural fibers. Bringing together a passion for rural development, entrepreneurship and social justice, Sustainable Threads partners with disadvantaged artisans from physical disabilities, survivors of gender based violence and extreme poverty. Using traditional art techniques and textiles, artisans bring beautiful home goods to customers around the world.

Freeset
Country: India
Products: Scarves, bags
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Kolkata’s sex trade.  They make quality jute bags and organic cotton t-shirts, but their business is freedom!

Mata Traders
Country: India and Nepal
Products: Jewelry
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty 

Mata Traders partners with several fair trade organizations in India and Nepal that train and employ hundreds of artisans in marginalized communities, with a focus on gender equality and empowering women. 

Kara Weaves
Country: India
Products: Textiles
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty 

Kara Weaves partners with local weaving co-operatives in India to design contemporary home textiles. Each product is made from very ancient local fabrics that are hand-made at traditional wooden looms. Kara Weaves stands for everything we love about handmade products and the people who make them. Kara Weaves, started by 4 strong Indian women hope to bridge the gap between this traditional weaving art form and a contemporary lifestyle.es, started by 4 strong Indian women hope to bridge the gap between this traditional weaving art form and a contemporary lifestyle.

Raven + Lily
Country: India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Kenya, and Peru
Products: Journals, note cards, earrings
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty 

Raven + Lily is an ethical fashion and lifestyle brand dedicated to Empowering women through design. Raven + Lily was created to alleviate poverty among women. They currently help employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. They are proving that it is possible to scale a fair trade, fashion forward brand while making an impact for good on people and the planet.

Nepal

Blessed Hope Nepal
Country: Nepal
Products: Bracelets
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

Owned by three ethnic Tibetan women from the mountains of Eastern Nepal, Blessed Hope Nepal is the first and only business owned and operated by women among their ethnic group. The women taught themselves and the artisans the beautiful and intricate art of bead crochet, the foundation of the company. It is the desire of Blessed Hope Nepal to provide good, wholesome, creative work, skills development training and true hope to the women of the Himalayas.

Local Women's Handicrafts
Country: Nepal
Products: Scarves
Demographic of artisans: Extreme poverty

Local Women’s Handicrafts promotes quality education, employment and health care for all people in the community, by providing women with employment, offering education for women and building learning centers. LWH is a fair trade certified textile collective in Nepal, focusing on sustainable employment for local women. Empowering one woman at a time. 

Cambodia

Freedom's Promise
Country: Cambodia
Products: Bags and flower pots
Demographic of artisans: Sex trafficking and gender-based violence survivors

Freedom’s Promise teaches at-risk women sewing skills in Cambodia which allows them to earn an income and feed their families. The women sew bags from recycled rice bags, resulting in a one of a kind creation.

Nomi Network
Country: Cambodia and India
Products: Scarves and tote bags
Demographic of artisans: Human trafficking survivors

Nomi Network’s vision is a world without slavery where every woman can know her full potential. The mission is to create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking by equipping them with leadership, entrepreneurship, and production skills to become financially independent.

China

Starfish Project
Country: China
Products: Jewelry
Demographic of artisans: Sex trafficking survivors

Through holistic care program, Starfish Project in China provides women with vocational training, healthcare, shelter and counseling. The women create beautiful jewelry to support themselves and their families, as their transition out of the sex trafficking world.

Thailand

Ethic Goods
Country: Thailand
Products: Jewelry
Demographic of artisans: Sex trafficking survivors and extreme poverty

The idea for Ethic Goods first started to employ women coming out of sex trafficking in Thailand, to give women survivors a meaningful income and empowerment for the community.  Like their artisans, Ethic Goods wants their customers lives to be defined by the potential, capabilities and best versions they see for themselves.