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Global Good promotes a consortium of Fair Trade Federated artisans from all over the globe supporting sustainable development. All goods are handcrafted primarily by women from developing countries where every product has a story.

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade Federation members are required to comply with the following nine principles of membership:

  • Creating opportunities for economically and socially marginalized producers
  • Developing transparent and accountable relationships
  • Build Capacity
  • Promote Fair Trade
  • Pay promptly and fairly
  • Support safe and empowering working conditions
  • Ensure the rights of children
  • Cultivate environmental stewardship
  • Respect cultural identity

Here are just a few of the organizations Global Good supports:

Global Mamas

Global Mamas holds a special place in the heart and soul of Global Good Fair Trade, it was the first organization we choose to support in 2006. Global Mamas is a fair trade organization located in Ghana, West Africa supporting the sustainable development of women artisans by producing and exporting fair trade products. Global Mamas infuses business social responsibility in all aspects of their work. Buying Global Mamas products allows you to also support fair trade practices and sustainable development for people in Africa.

Each Global Mamas product is handmade by Ghanaian women who are experts in the art of handcrafting batik and tie-dye fabrics, beads, and sewing. These are all laborious and intricate crafts that have been passed down through generations from mothers to daughters, and teachers to apprentices. All products of Global Mamas have been touched by the hands of one of these women and made specifically to bring color and authentic West African tradition to you.

Mayan Hands

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 love to weave, as weaving keeps them connected to their ancestors, and within the sacred and cultural Mayan universe. Through your fair trade purchase of their fine handmade products, you too are connected to our remarkable artisan partners and help to keep their rich cultural traditions alive.

African Market Baskets

Bolgatanga is the largest town in the Upper East region of Ghana, about 20 miles South of the Burkina Faso border and very close to the edge of the Sahara Desert. The sun roasts the villages of northern Ghana year round, except during the 2-3 months of rainy season when it rains, rains, rains. The people living there are traditionally farmers and herdsman, but with its variable climate farming is very difficult. Local women supplement the family income by weaving the baskets we refer to as Bolga baskets which are hand-woven using locally-grown straw.

Basket weaving has helped bring much needed income to the villages surrounding Bolgatanga. The traditional skill which has been handed down from generation to generation provides employment to approximately 10,000 people, mostly women. An average of two baskets a week can be woven by a woman who also has household chores, firewood collection, water collection, washing and the care of her children to tend to each day.

 

Baskets of Africa

We are proud to offer unique baskets from throughout the African continent. These one-of-a-kind pieces of functional artwork are woven by local African craftspeople who share our commitment to quality.

We believe that promoting the work of these skilled artisans contributes toward their economic development and stability. The majority of these weavers are women, working to support themselves and their families. We also believe that by weaving baskets in the traditional manner, the weavers of Africa are preserving their cultural heritage as well as advancing themselves financially. We would like to support this endeavor throughout Africa.

Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders equips Haitians with the skills and resources they need to build movements themselves to overcome some of Haiti's most pressing issues. Ending child slavery, guaranteeing universal access to education, ending violence against women and girls, and supporting sustainable livelihoods are the movements we're helping Haitians build.

The economic opportunity of dignified craftsmanship and creativity provides a real alternative to dehumanizing factory work and enables families to thrive, send their children to school and to work in community with neighbors.

Global Good offers recycled metal art from Haiti. Handcrafted from cast-off 55-gallon steel drums, artists first visualize their design, often inspired from their culture and natural surroundings. Next, they chalk the design onto flattened metal and finally, using only a hammer and chisel, gives it form and dimension. The result is a unique piece of folk art.

Encanto

Encanto cares about quality. Quality of product, quality of design, but most importantly, quality of life. Encanto is motivated by the knowledge that we are not alone in our work and that one can make a difference in this world. Our success in life is always connected to the success of others.

The men and women employed at the Encanto workshop enjoy their work not only because they are paid a fair wage, but because of the respect shown for their work and their opinion.

The Tagua (a seed or a nut from a palm like tree that grows in the tropical rainforests in Colombia) industry has developed into a source of fair trade revenue in both urban craftsmen's studios and the rural communities where the seed is planted and harvested.

Nepalese Women Skill Development Project

In 2010 the Nepalese Women Skill Development Project (NWSDP) was established in Pokhara, Nepal. NWSDP's objective is to empower women through sustainable development. The project has always aimed to employ women who are most in need. Certain criteria were established from the very start, and the primary objective of the organization is still to provide handicraft-related skills training to poor, unfortunate Nepalese women so that they may become self-supportive. The women being trained at the Nepalese Women Skill Development Project come from a variety of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. Many of them come from rural villages and are widowed, divorced, disabled or abused; some have been cast out from their homes and villages.

After arriving at the NWSDP, women are provided training in the following disciplines: material cutting, sewing, weaving, dying, business management and various other skills related to handicraft production. There have also been some classes in health awareness and English language, all freely provided by local and foreign volunteers.

 

Wild Woolies (dZi Handmade)

For over 25 years, dZi has worked directly with over 1,000 Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese artisans to create designs that celebrate the beauty of the natural world and the amzing culture of Tibet.  'dZi" is the Tibetan word for the famous Tibetan dZi or "eye-beads" which are considered a powerful charm and vessel of great secrets to be revealed in the future.  All of dZi's hand felted wool items are made by skilled artisans working in a fair trade Nepalese production center with sustainable materials.  dZi helped launch the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) trade association.  At the time, FTF was just a handful of companies and organizations.  Today the FTF has over 200 members.

 

Please join us in supporting these amazing organizations where every product has a story!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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