artisans

Aceh Group

In 2005, a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia, killing more than 150,000 people and leaving thousands homeless. Today, Indonesians are still trying to rebuild their homes and lives, purse by purse. Ten villages throughout the Aceh Province, including 1,000 women and 10 men, have teamed with the Aceh ...


Addis Ababa Ex Leprosy Women's Group

Before finding this employer, all of these artisans—many of whom are single mothers—faced lives of homelessness. The Addis Ababa Ex-Leprosy Disabled Women’s Work Group of North Africa may sound like an atypical name for a crafts guild, but the artisans each have physical challenges in common. Their histories range ...


African Hope Crafts

Even though 25 percent of South Africa’s population suffers from AIDS, the people of Cape Town will not let the disease destroy their hopes and dreams. In fact, a Christian job creation program, African Hope Crafts (AHC), specifically reaches out to men and women who are HIV positive and unable to find work. While ...


Anatolian Advantage

Anatolian Advantage of Turkey offers local women, many of whom are uneducated and lack access to the traditional work sector, an opportunity to work from home, earning competitive wages while caring for their children. Gifted with traditional handicrafts skills, the women make seasonal ornaments and greetings cards ...


Ayu Sewing Project

Impoverished Indonesian mothers struggle with providing basic necessities for their families. Most of their husbands receive only around $100 a month salary. These families live from month to month and barely make enough money to feed their families, much less provide for other needs such as schooling.

Ayu ...


Back to Africa

Back to Africa began in 2008 as an offshoot of Heart of the Bride Ministries, Inc. The primary objective of Back to Africa is family preservation and care for families at risk. The artisans, most of whom are single mothers and/or refugees, lived in extreme poverty before they began creating Back to Africa ...


Bethlehem Carvers

Striving for a better life in the West Bank, the men and women involved with Bethlehem Carvers skillfully find their way though political unrest and financial insecurity. Due to ongoing conflict, tourism has dwindled. This being a main source of income for artisans in the Bethlehem area, their families have suffered ...


Caucasus Wood

In a former Soviet region convulsed by centuries of conflict, Caucasus Wood offers meaningful, sustainable employment for those in poverty. The artisan group employs women and men, young and old, all skillfully continuing age-old traditions working with wood and metal. Their raw material of choice comes from a local ...


ChildVoice International

In the war-torn country of Uganda, the traumatizing impact of years of war on children—particularly girls—demands a targeted and comprehensive approach to facilitate successful psychosocial healing and community reconciliation. Increasingly, girls are being exploited at earlier ages and for more brutal uses, such as ...


China Ethnic Crafts

Although the Miao women of China believe in tradition, they desire to break away from the cycle of poverty, ­domestic abuse, and the lack of education. For generations, the Miao women have embellished their clothing with extravagant colors and intricate designs, but they only began marketing their talent when they ...


ConneXions

In cities such as Kolkata (Calcutta), India, many young girls are forced into the slavery of the sex trade because of dire poverty. Puja , for example, was especially at risk because she had lost both parents by the time she was a young teen. But because the ConneXions artisan group was working in her community she ...


CraftAid

CraftAid, founded in 1982, provides jobs for people with disabilities (about 40 percent of current employees have disabilities.) Many of the artisans are hearing impaired. CraftAid also employs many women responsible for providing for their families. CraftAid changes lives. Raima, a hearing-impaired artisan for ...


CWJC of Rusk County, TX

Kristina came from a background of abuse and drugs. After crying out to God to save her in her early 20s, she started a new chapter in her life by joining the Christian Women’s Job Corps of Rusk County, Texas. Tutors at the CWJC helped Kristina complete her GED, allowing her to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. ...


Dorcas

Not only do women in the Dorcas artisan group of Kazakhstan provide the only financial support for their families, they also enjoy a unique fellowship of faith that they do not find anywhere else. Their handcrafts are fashioned using traditional cloths and patterns of the Kazakh, Uzbek, and Uighur peoples of Central ...


Durimi Women

Following the Kosovo war in 1999, many Kosovo women were forced to provide for themselves because their husbands and sons, who had been the breadwinners of the family, died in the war. As is the custom, they live with their late husband’s family and take care of them, but they have little time to earn an income. ...


Eden Ministries

Eden Ministry serves to restore freedom for the captives of Asia’s red-light districts through holistic programs—transforming body, mind, and spirit. Young women rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation are provided a new career, skill training, and counseling—empowering young women for a new life and ...


Ergon Handicrafts

Many girls and even women in India are viewed as burdens to their families. But through Ergon Handicrafts, women are given the opportunity to be seen as contributors to their families rather than burdens. Ergon is a handicrafts center based in Delhi, India, that seeks to empower women with job skills, income, and ...


Freeset

Each Freeset bag is more than just a stitched piece of fabric, it tells a story of freedom. For hundreds of women who were trapped in India’s sex trade it brings freedom from a life that robbed them of dignity and hope. At Freeset women are given the opportunity to choose a new job and regain control of their lives in ...


Glad Tidings

For centuries, men and women in the Middle East have stitched their stories into a tapestry or carved them into olive wood. These age-old traditions are continuing to flourish with Glad Tidings in Jordan. From each sale of an item, the artisans—who are hearing-impaired or otherwise disabled—can afford to buy precious ...


Godavari Women

In some villages of India, a woman may not remarry, even if her husband has passed away. This tradition forces women to become the sole provider for their children, even though they don’t have any marketable skills. Godavari Women, a group of artisans that creates crocheted lace items and tote bags, allows women to ...


Good Paper

The women of Good Paper (Philippines) are part of a cooperative at Smokey Mountain in Manila, which once had the notorious reputation of being the world’s largest open garbage dump. Its name is derived from the constant plumes of smoke rising from the spontaneously combusting trash. But with support from local ...


Gospel House Handicrafts

Gospel House Handicrafts in Sri Lanka was established in 1983 in order to provide employment and training to poor, semieducated young adults in the field of making wooden toys, utility items, and ornamental handicrafts. They are currently providing full-time employment for numerous artisans and part-time employment ...


Hearts and Hands

In Yunnan Province, China, men and women with disabilities develop new skills and earn income through employment as artisans with Hearts & Hands. Those who are deaf or otherwise physically limited—who previously found little prospect for survival—now realize “plans that will prosper and not harm them, plans for a hope ...


Higher Ground

When June and Leta lost their jobs due to civil unrest in Nepal, they came to Higher Ground bakery’s doorstep. There they were welcomed and trained in the culinary arts. Yet, beneath the surface lay artisans of a different kind: jewelry makers. With little education but an abundance of talent, June and Leta were able ...


Himalayan Tapestry

Within each stitch of the Himalayan Tapestry artisans’ handiwork is a story of illiteracy, abuse within marriage, and culturally conditioned gender discrimination. While these Indian women suffer quietly, they are expected to carry the financial burden of their families. The women come to Himalayan Tapestry with ...


Home Décor Crafts

Home Décor Crafts in Kenya provides men and women with opportunities to use their creative skills to earn income. Agnes Mbula, a mother of 2, has worked with Home Décor Crafts for 2 years and lives with her husband on the outskirts of Nairobi. Her work inspecting, sorting, and polishing salad servers has enabled her ...


Igira Impuhwe

As markets open up, the women of Igira Impuhwe [i-GI-ru im-HU-we] in Rwanda earn needed income from the sales of their eco-friendly, handwoven grass baskets. The artisan group lifts women, like Mukangenzi Laurance, out of desperate poverty. She now rents a home, has health insurance for her family, bought clothes for ...


Kanzi

Kanzi offers handmade, fair-trade jewelry and crafts from artisans across East Africa. Not only does Kanzi help develop a market for these artisans, it also donates a portion of sales to support orphans and children at risk in Uganda, enabling them to get much needed food, clothing, shelter, education, and spiritual ...


Kingdom Creations

Dire poverty has struck many families in Cambodia, leaving them hopeless. Many women even sell their young daughters for a certain amount of time until they can find a way to make more money. However, an artisan group called Kingdom Creations gives the women a chance to keep their daughters and earn cash by making ...


Leather Project

In the mountains of North Africa, the Berber artisans of the Leather Project skillfully craft leather scraps from a furniture and upholstery company into smooth purses, book covers, and book marks. This time-honored tradition helps them to earn money that supplements their jobs as subsistence farmers and shepherds. ...


Lifetouch Artistry

Slowly and steadily, the Indonesian women weave their threads through dark felt circles onto two pieces of green felt that will eventually house children’s fingers as puppets. Since many of their husbands work jobs that don’t pay well, the women must earn additional income. That used to mean rolling cigarettes for ...


Love Calcutta Arts

The scarring influence of the sex trade does not affect just one generation in India. Despairing mothers often leave a legacy of poverty and prostitution to their daughters, who in turn carry on because they know no other lifestyle. Enter Love Calcutta Arts. Their handicrafts unit enables young women to support ...


Master's Handicrafts

The cultural and artistic traditions of Central Asia have been preserved through the generations as women work together with their mothers and grandmothers creating masterful crafts. These felt, leather, and wool items are as varied as the women who make them, with products reflecting the unique designs and styles of ...


Mother Care Handcrafts

Mother Care Handcrafts benefits more than 400 disadvantaged families by helping artisans earn a fair wage by using their skills in the centuries-old traditions of carving, jewelry making, and basket making. Among the artisans are numerous women who have been rescued from prostitution thanks to the jobs Mother Care can ...


Naapok-Nanyok

Although the Maasai women of Tanzania who formed Nanyok are no longer nomadic, their lives revolve around livestock. The five-month dry season kills the grass, leaving the goats to die, meaning no milk for Maasai children. Each eight-strand beaded bracelet or ornament sold creates a savings fund for new goats to ...


New Life Center

The New Life Center works with girls and young women from the hill tribe minority groups of northern Thailand who are at risk for or victims of exploitation, abuse, and human trafficking. The program provides educational and residential services, vocational and life skills training, and therapeutic activities. New ...


Noah's Ark

Noah’s Ark is an innovative network of 100 fair-trade artisan groups, representing 600 individuals, across India. Artisans work with a variety of materials, including wood, paper, and metal, to create contemporary products using traditional methods. All workshops are committed to providing sustainable income in an ...


Noorjahan Enterprises

After Sahid had his truck—his only means of income—stolen from him in the big city, he returned home to his Indian village dejected and in desperate need. At just the right time, Noorjahan Enterprises reached that village and was able to offer jewelry-making work to the ladies of Sahid’s household. With tools and ...


Peaceful Creations

In a small village in southwest Bangladesh, widows frantically search for work in order to take care of their young children. Because the widows are uneducated, they don¹t possess marketable skills, and this leaves them with a bleak view of their future. But for the last several years, Peaceful Creations has partnered ...


Proverbs 31

Widowed. Destitute. HIV-positive. These words could be used to describe the women of the Proverbs 31 artisan group in Uganda. But as they make colorful, attractive beaded jewelry out of recycled paper—you’d never guess—their hearts join together in song and their faces light up with smiles of joy! Sales of their ...


Q&A Handicrafts

Due to poor hygiene and wartime Agent Orange’s lingering effects, many Vietnamese people are disabled physically and develop­mentally. Many are uneducated and unemployed. However, Q&A Handicrafts began training disabled people in design and production of quality handicrafts such as the lavender sachet set. Now 20 ...


Rahab's Rope

Mary grew up in an orphanage in India with a bleak outlook for her future. When time came for her to leave the orphanage she was deceived by an offer of marriage and found herself instead in a brothel. She escaped and tried to commit suicide multiple times, the last time by eating glass. A member of Rahab’s Rope ...


Refugee Beads

Fleeing persecution in their native countries, such as Sudan, Bhutan, Burma, and Egypt, refugees often encounter new and threatening challenges upon arrival in the United States. Children are drawn into crime, parents are treated with disdain and overworked, and even basic tasks seem like impossible puzzles. Refugee ...


Samaritan Creations

Pen, a 23-year-old estranged from her parents, started working full-time as dishwasher in the red-light districts of Bangkok, Thailand, at the age of 9. She continued to work in various jobs in go-go and show bars throughout Bangkok. The jobs varied, but the hypersexualized atmosphere stayed the same.

Pen’s ...


Sasa Designs

Deaf people face incredible obstacles to finding work and sustainable livelihoods in Kenya and other developing nations. As part of the larger DOOR ministry (Deaf Opportunity OutReach), Sasa Designs empowers Deaf women. These women struggle daily to overcome their physical limitations and provide for their families. ...


Sauyunan Handicrafts

Sauyunan, a Sundanese word, means “working together for the same purpose.” This is the goal of Sauyunan Handicrafts, Indonesia. Multiple families create beautiful beaded items, thereby supporting themselves with their artistry. As artisans fasten each bead, they realize their once-hidden talents. Though they begin as ...


Seeds of the Amazon

Women in Iquitos, Peru, were praying for a way to use their creative abilities to care for their families and extend the love of God to more than 25 villages along the Amazon River. Soon after, their prayers were answered by learning of the work of WorldCrafts. Seeds of the Amazon artisan group was born, and the women ...


Sema Leatherworks

Sema of Sema Leatherworks means “to speak” or “to say” in Swahili. The men behind the bracelets of Sema Leatherworks utilize their profits for their community and surrounding areas. These men, living in Nairobi, Kenya, work four days of the week on the product. The remainder of the week is spent applying their income ...


Sewa Ashram

Sewa Ashram in India exists to help transform the lives of the poor economically, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Amar Chand was living on the streets—addicted to drugs, broke from gambling, and seriously ill. He was battling spinal tuberculosis in a hospital when Sewa Ashram found him and moved him ...


Shelano

The young women of Shelano have come from the slums in the south of Kolkata, India. With their background and limited education, finding a job is difficult, if not impossible. By purchasing their handmade products, you are not only getting a fairly traded product, you are giving a woman an opportunity to take care of ...


Starfish Project

With a mission to restore hope to exploited women in Asia, Starfish Project established a socially responsible jewelry company in 2006 as a means to offering meaningful alternative employment, vocational training and educational grants, and a wide array of social programs to women trapped in exploitative situations. ...


Thai Country Trim

For the past 18 years, Thai Country Trim has been a safe haven for battered women to receive emotional and financial support. One example of this abuse: a woman was constantly abused by her family until she sought help at Thai Country Trim. Her family gave her the most chores around the house and consistently told her ...


The Well

The talent and tranquility of The Well artisans belies their astoundingly difficult backgrounds: one was sold into prostitution by her family as a small child; several were teenage bar workers; and another was a single mom with no resources. They have discovered their own innate talent through careful training in Thai ...


Threads of Yunnan

Although women in Yunnan, China, performed backbreaking field work all day with little rest, they only made $36 a year—not enough money to feed their children and send them to school. Now, with the help of Threads of Yunnan, they are able to use their embroidery skills to make $12 a month. Also, the artisan group ...


Thyolo Papermakers

The Thyolo papermaking and craft shop provides work for young artisans who have lost their parents to the AIDS pandemic and who now have few other income options. The shop is diligent in using all-natural, sustainable materials to make its crafts. Artisans use proceeds from their work to finish school, to send their ...


Treasures from the Heart

In Cambodia, AIDS is a growing crisis. The disease currently claims 4 percent of the population. Treasures from the Heart trains AIDS survivors to craft handmade items so they can support their families. This fair-trade organization restores self-worth to these artisans, who are rejected by their neighbors and ...


UEMS

As West Bank artisans shape and mold olive wood, they know each unique item means more than money earned. Carved by their hands, each product is inspired. And for these craftspersons, creating their art is not just a matter of shaping a piece of olive wood, it’s a powerful testimony of hope delivered from one ...


Vijaya Deepam Trust

Vijaya Deepam Trust works with young women in their early 20s to mid-30s in India. These women come from impoverished backgrounds, and the money they earn through Vijaya Deepam Trust allows them to feed their children and pay for their education. All profits made through the sale of their products are shared among the ...


Village Artisans

As a minority group in India, Muslim herdsmen continually face discrimination, making it difficult for them to find jobs and access government benefits. Although they grow wheat and corn and raise cows or water buffalo, they only earn $1 per day. Many were affected by a powerful earthquake in 2005 and suffer with the ...


Wezandla

Living in fear of their ancestors, the Zulu people of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, continually slaughter cows, goats, and chickens as sacrifices. They even attribute any illness, death, or calamity as a mood of an ancestor’s spirit that requires a sacrifice to appease. But, the 300 people involved in the artisan group ...


White Harvest

In the rural villages of southeastern Asia men and women meticulously create handcrafts honoring their cultural heritage. Partnering with White Harvest Trading Co. allows people in these economically deprived areas to retain their culture and earn additional income to support their families. For the artisans, each ...


Zapotec Ancestory

In the Mexican city of Oaxaca, weaving is an ancient tradition throughout Zapotec villages. Traditionally, villagers have made large weavings to be used as large rugs or wall hangings that were sold to tourists. Recently, the demand for these large pieces has declined. Worried about losing this wonderful part of her ...