Well, I am about to give you a little poke in the heart: Right now, somewhere in the world, someone is sitting in a dark, dreary room making products to sell to us wealthy Westerners – and they don’t even make enough to purchase proper food or send their children to school.
World Vision went to India and found a group of Artisan Women, jewelry makers, being completely exploited and underpaid for the work they were doing – they didn’t even have enough money for the food they need for their family.
World Vision stepped in, showed them that there were people willing to purchase their products at a fair price through Fair Trade practices, including World Vision’s own Gifts With A Cause store. The group now makes a fair living, has the food, clothing and education they need, and they were even able to move their workshop to a light, airy, comfortable place to work.
For the complete story, visit Anna’s Fair Trade Artisan story .
Here are a couple of the products the group in India make:
And there are many more!
How can you help end the exploitation of workers:
- Know where your products you are purchasing are coming from. If the site or business doesn’t have a Fair Trade certification or similar, than just ask them where the products are being made and what conditions the makes live in.
- Purchase products from stores with Fair Trade Certification like Gifts With A Cause.
- Know where the product you are making are coming from. Sell products with Fair Trade Certification. You can sign up and resell Gifts With A Cause Products. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click Affiliates under the Company category.
Disclosure: I am an affiliate with Gifts With A Cause. If you would like to know more about their products or becoming an affiliate, join April’s Gifts With A Cause FB Group.