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The Women we work with

Meet a few of the wonderful women, groups and/or fair trade organizations with whom we trade. We are currently in the process of approaching several more women/groups around the world so please check this page for updated information. Current information can also be found on our blog.

ACP (Association for Craft Producers) is a Fair Trade organization which works directly with 1200 artisans (women constituting 90%) and provides design, marketing, management and technical services to these craft producers which results in regular and adequate wage to supplement family income and improve their overall standard of living. MS Meera Bhattarai, Executive Director of ACP is also the founder of FTG (Fair Trade Group) Nepal and a well-known Fair Trade activism veteran.

Agung Raka is a Balinese woman who started her own small company a few years back. She produces beautiful batik baby quilts and children's colorful clothing. Fabric is hand dyed in small batches to create fun and unique designs.

Conserve HRP is a Fair Trade organization which employs and trains hundreds of people from Delhi's most disadvantaged communities by gathering waste from the mounting piles of garbage and upcycling these to create stylish bags, wallets and accessories. Born of a desire to reduce India's mountain of waste, improve energy efficiency, and help some of Delhi's poorest out of the city's slums, Conserve India is achieving all this by turning plastic bags into high fashion. Once the waste is turned into HRP products, they are sold for profit which can be spent in those same communities on education and welfare programs.

Kalpika is a family run woodwork producer in Tegalalang, Indonesia. Renewable resources such as bamboo, fern, and coconut are used to create beautiful bowls, plates and serving utensils.

Lofty Bamboo is a Fair Trade shop located in Thailand which helps Northern village people showcase their crafts on the global market. It is a marketplace for several types of crafts including silver jewelry, scarves, clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories.

Sana Hastakala is a Fair Trade organization in Nepal which works together with underprivileged handicraft producers, who are mostly women, to promote their traditional crafts by applying modern techniques in order to help them generate a fair wage. Sana Hastakala is a marketplace which helps link these producers to the global market. Sana Hastakala is also a founding member of Fair Trade Group Nepal (FTG) and member of International Federation of Alternative Trade (IFAT).

Shiana is a Fair Trade organization which works with Northern Thailand Karen Tribes to promote and sell their handcrafted silver jewelry. Shiana also works towards preserving culture, lifestyle, as well as ensuring safe working conditions for these marginalized crafts people and artisans. Shiana provides tools and raw materials to the villagers as well as aid for skill and product development.

Teguh Handycraft is a tiny hole in the wall workshop and showroom in Tegalalang, Bali. Nyoman Sudiasa works there by herself to create beautiful children's painted crafts and small furniture.

     

Woman felting at ACP.
Woman felting at ACP.

Agung's beautiful Batik baby quilts.
Agung's beautiful Batik baby quilts.

Nyoman in her shop.
Nyoman in her shop.

The Women's Foundation of Nepal (WFN) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help women and children equally, regardless of caste, religion, or race throughout Nepal. Through practical programs, WFN helps empower women and children, who are victims of violence to improve their lives and strengthen their families and communities by providing shelter, medical, and legal assistance. WFN trains women in such diverse skills as Pickle Making, Shoe Making, Sewing, Weaving, and Candle Making which allows these women to generate an income to support themselves and their children. In order to help support its activities, the organization also runs a textiles production center which employs formerly abused/abandoned women to create luxurious wool, silk and cotton scarves. Currently, WFN has 240 active members, 1216 general members, 12 district offices, two child care centers, several shelters for survivors of abuse, a working organic farm, and skills training for women.

bijou world boutique actively supports this group through donations and purchase of scarves. You can also help by making a donation or choosing to support a child or woman. Please visit WFN website for more information http://womenepal.org/

Wayan Sumiati is an Indonesian woman who, after working for over 15 years in unsatisfactory conditions opened her silk and dress shop in Ubud, Bali. Many of our clothing designs are the result of close collaboration with Wayan.

     
Women weaving at WFN Maheela Co-op.
Women weaving at
WFN Maheela Co-op.
Renu Sharma, cofounder WFN.
Renu Sharma, cofounder WFN.
Woman spins cotton by hand.
Woman spins cotton by hand.