Our Fair Trade Partnerships
We proudly partner with fair trade organizations, social enterprises and nonprofits to source our products made in over 25 countries around the world. Every one of our products represents hope and change to break the cycle of poverty for the artisans, their families and communities.
Founded in 2007, Acacia Creations works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia, and South America to connect remote artisans with global consumers. They create dignified employment and generate a fair wage through the rich handcraft traditions of a network of artisan partners. In addition, they provide training, and give back to communities though education and healthcare initiatives.
Bright Endeavors is a nonprofit, social enterprise based out of Chicago that provides a training and skills program for young mothers facing poverty and homelessness. Through their 12-week program, these women are empowered to build a successful career path that leads to a bright future for themselves, their families, and communities.
Creative Women is a fair trade certified company committed to creating meaningful and sustainable employment for their artisan partners. They work to ensure the artisans craft supports the health, education and economic stability of their families. Currently, they have partnerships with artisans in Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Kenya with recent expansions to Tunisia, Morocco, Burundi, Zambia, and India.
dZi has closely worked with over 1,000 Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese artisans for the past 25 years showcasing their beautiful culture through the products they create. As one of the founding members of the Fair Trade Federation, dZi continues to work towards business relationships that are ethical resulting in higher wages, and better working conditions for the artisans who produce and manage the products made.
Global Goods Partners began in 2005 and is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to providing sustainable jobs and a fair living wage for their women artisans. They work with over 60 artisan groups in more than 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas. All proceeds are invested to develop sustainable market access, training and funding to empower their artisan partners to flourish.
Harkiss Designs is a fair trade company founded in 2011. They work directly with eleven East African artisans in Uganda and Kenya who employ over 300 artisans to create one-of-a-kind home and fashion pieces. Many of the artisans are talented women who are responsible for supporting their entire families. Harkiss provides sustainable, dignified employment so artisans carry on the traditions of their craft and preserve their culture.
Kazi’s mission is to create a sustainable future for African artisans and their communities through fair wages and bringing their handcrafted goods to the global market. Each purchase creates an opportunity for the artisans to support their families and work towards self-sufficiency. Kazi provides training to the artisans so that they may work toward advancing their skills while developing new skills as well. Training is also provided to educate on finance, business management, and leadership.
Lucia’s Imports began in 2005 and operates according to the fair trade principles. They have partnerships with Guatemalan families, artisan groups and cooperatives. Artisans earn a fair living wage creating high-quality handicrafts and accessories that embrace the traditional Mayan design. Lucia’s provides sustainable employment and improves economic well-being by bringing their artisans partner’s products to the global market. They believe that by committing to the principles of fair trade, they can make a difference in the lives of the artisans, while sharing and preserving Guatemalan art and culture.
Matr Boomie is a fair trade collection from India that began in 2006. Their focus is helping women and minorities achieve their full artistic, and economic potential. Matr Boomie has grown their network to empower 20,000 artisans in 40 partner communities throughout India. A large percentage of Matr Boomie’s artisans are women, however, they also partner with artisans in rural and urban communities, smaller artisan groups and artisans with special needs providing training, fostering confidence and independence.
Mira was founded in 2008 and works to empower women and underprivileged artisans in India. They collaborate and partner directly with artisans to design a variety of ethically and sustainably made home décor. Mira maintains a commitment to improving the overall well-being of the artisans and their families. Through the fair trade model, artisans achieve long-term sustainable employment and economic independence.
Serrv is a nonprofit, and one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Federation. They opened the doors to their first store in 1950, and began by assisting displaced European refugees trade their handcrafts for income after the Second World War. Serrv’s commitment to the fair trade principles empowers small-scale global artisans to overcome poverty and build better lives for their families and communities. Since its inception Serrv has expanded their partnerships to over 24 countries worldwide, and over 8,000 artisans and farmers.
Swahili African Modern
Founded in 1995, Swahili's African network includes individual artisans, export agents and micro-enterprises in the nations of Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Senegal. Swahili values the hard work of African artisans and believes in the power they possess to be successful. Working with Swahili empowers the artisans to extend their trade opportunities to the global marketplace.
Ten Thousand Villages
Originally named Overseas Needlework and Crafts, Ten Thousand Villages was given its name in 1996. However, it all began in 1946 with a woman named Edna Ruth Byler who visited Puerto Rico. There she met a talented group of women in a sewing group who had little opportunity to sell their work. She was moved to take their pieces back to the United States to sell and then return the money to the group. It was this simple idea that would later launch Ten Thousand Villages and develop into the global fair trade movement. Ten Thousand Villages works to break the cycle of poverty by partnering with over 20,000 artisans in over 30 developing countries.