Read the story of how Anna and other Artisans in India went from being exploited to being given a fair trade wage.
Read the story of how Anna and other Artisans in India went from being exploited to being given a fair trade wage.

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:

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And there are many more!

How can you help end the exploitation of workers:

  1.  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.
  2. Purchase products from stores with Fair Trade Certification like Gifts With A Cause.
  3. 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.

12 comments on “Helping Others: What If You Had To Work In A Dark, Dank Room And Barely Made Enough To Eat”

    • I actually had to check myself before I posted this. I was selling Avon for awhile. But, I don’t know where most of that stuff is coming from. So, I made the decision to shut down my Avon business.

  1. Thank you for bringing awareness to the unfair and unhealthy working environment of workers in other countries. This makes me want to investigate more before making a purchase. There’s so much we take for granted here in the United States. Congratulations on the work that you are doing.

    • Thank you. I actually started a series like this about two years ago and then stopped. I found it hard to follow my own “advice.” But I want to try again to be more aware and conscious.

  2. Thank you for checking out my post on climbing Fuji-san.
    This is a wonderful post, April!
    I plan to check it out. My brother used to support a child through World Vision.
    I serve as a liaison for a Filipino Livelihood Program and re-sell recycled paper products. The money goes back to the local artisans. I hope to visit them in the future and see how they make them. It is a church-sponsored initiative.
    Sheppherd;s Hill, International.
    Thank you again for educating others about the plights affecting artisans around the world.
    Amy

    • And thank you Amy. This post has allowed me to learn more about other programs out there. Feels like a “grassroots” effort to lift a lot of people out of poverty.

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