Stories of fair trade producers through Covid-19

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Gogo Olive.
These amazing women in Zimbabwe create knitted ‘shamwaris’ – friendly African animals that make perfect gifts. Gogo Olive gives fair, dignified employment to women in a region where unemployment is shockingly high. Find out how your purchases can help create jobs for hard-working artisans in communities of need, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Browse their adorable products online! https://www.globalhandicrafts.org/collections/gogo-olive

 

Hearts and Hands
“Having an income means a lot to this community. A consistent salary gives them confidence, dignity, respect and significance,” says Heart and Hands. Some of their artisans in China are deaf or have other disabilities, but sales have plummeted during Covid-19, though, and it’s been a challenge. You can make an impact on real lives by shopping fair trade. Help Hearts and Hands, and hundreds of others, train and employ people from places of need.

 

Mary and Martha
“Can you imagine being poor, wondering where the next meal is coming from, worrying about how to keep warm, when at night its minus 40 (degrees), and you have no coal or no wood to burn…,” say Mary and Martha staff.
These are just a few of the hardships faced by artisans supported by Mary and Martha. And like many of the producers we support in our Global Handicrafts Shop, Covid-19 has impacted their income.
You can help make an impact in the lives of these artisans by shopping fair trade. Through the sales of their products, many women and children are given a warm home, food on their tables and clothes to wear.
Browse their  products online, www.globalhandicrafts.org/collections/mary-martha and change lives through fair trade.

 

Eden
Love supporting Eden in their work to fight trafficking in Asia. Eden aims to take care of women rescued from slavery, equipping them with jewellery making skills and access to job opportunities. You can help make an impact in the lives of these women by shopping fair trade from our Global Handicrafts Shop,
or via online at www.globalhandicrafts.org

 

New Life
New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (New Life) specializes in mental health. They aim to make a positive difference by advocating for equal opportunities for people in recovery of mental illness, by employing and providing tailored training for every individual according to their abilities. Simon (featured at 5 mins 14 sec), is one of the beneficiaries of this program by our partner New Life.
Our Global Handicrafts Shop sales some of their products to support and make an impact in the lives of the many individuals employed by New Life. You can make an impact in their lives by shopping fair trade.
Visit www.globalhandicrafts.org for more details.

Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong

Fair Trade with Yunnan, Haiti and Mongolia

Fair Trade Buys Goats

Yunnan, South-Western China

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Covid-19 relief fund helping NGOs

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Chocolate without slavery

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World Health Organisation  

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Thailand: Job creation in the red light district

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