Stories of Hope in Thailand – Trades of Hope

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Empower women in rural villages to keep their families together.

Fair Trade Jewelry – Job Skills Training and Dignified Income for Women in Rural Villages

This workshop was founded by a local woman, named Aoi, who had witnessed too many women in Thailand’s rural villages desperate to feed their families, being forced to leave their children behind to find jobs in the city so they could send money home.

So, she created this workshop that offers skills training, business mentoring, scholarships for Artisans’ children, emergency health care coverage, micro-loan programs, and job flexibility that allow women, like Aoi, to also work from home. Every purchase of Trades of Hope designs from Thailand supports this rural village workshop in Thailand and helps these women help their families prosper!

Aoi’s Story of Hope

Yes! Her name is Aoi, too!

This workshop’s founder, Aoi, provided this local mother, Aoi, with an opportunity to earn a living wage.

Like many women in Thailand, Aoi’s husband was not able to find a job that provided enough income to support their family of five.

Wanting to send their children to school – but challenged by the fact that schools in Thailand are not free – Aoi learned how to design and create jewelry in this local workshop.

Now, her work as a fair-trade Artisan provides Aoi with enough income to send her children to school.

Pacharing’s – Pu’s – Story of Hope

“I’m lucky because I didn’t want to move to a big city to find a job like many of my friends.

I’m very happy doing this work because I can live in my hometown while I raise my two children and send them to school surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins!

My quality of life has improved since I became an Artisan.

Before I couldn’t pay my bills. Now I can!

I have money to help my family, and I enjoy having steady work! I enjoy my work, especially beadwork!

I want to develop my designing skills.

“I dream of having my own shop or being able to create my own designs here!”
– Pacharing (Pu), Jewelry Artisan in Thailand

Sa’s Story of Hope

Sa grew up in a small traditional town in Thailand where many people did not value girls, nor encourage them to pursue their dreams.

But Sa was blessed with parents who encouraged her to dream big and become independent.

So, Sa followed her dreams and moved to the city to become the main materials purchaser for this Artisan community.

Sa buys fabric and oversees purchasing for our products made by her Artisan community in Thailand.

She often visits different communities and marketplaces to find new trends and fabrics.

She loves that she can do something that gives her so much freedom and independence to make creative decisions.

She loves making a difference while being artistic!

Kannika’s Story of Hope

Kannika handcrafts our Tassel Earring Set in Thailand. Her work as a fair-trade Artisan allows her the flexibility to work from home and saves her the time and expense of traveling to the city find a job that can support her family.

“I’ve been sewing, knitting, and creating fashions for over ten years.

The income I earn pays for our children to go to school.

During the day, I take care of our home and work while the kids are in school.

Training and working at home also help us save money because I don’t have to travel far away to find work.

Your purchase helps us keep our kids in school and our family together.”

– Kannika, Jewelry Artisan in Thailand

Kannika and Bee enjoy the flexibility of working in their homes, so they can have time for their families.

Click on the photos below to explore these handcrafted fair-trade jewelry designs from Thailand!

Textiles – Traditional Thai Craftsmanship Creating Jobs in Areas of Extreme Poverty

(Left) Gretchen, Trades of Hope Founder, (Center) Pranee, Thailand Workshop Founder, (Left) Elisabeth, Trades of Hope Founder

Pranee owns and operates this ethical workshop in an area of extreme poverty in Thailand. The Artisans in this workshop specialize in fabric designs that feature traditional Thai Artisan techniques like batik. 

Every purchase of Trades of Hope designs from this workshop in Thailand supports women and families in areas of extreme poverty by providing safe jobs and fair wages in communities where opportunities for dignified jobs are scarce.

Using traditional batik techniques, Artisans in Thailand stamp wax patterns on the fabric before dyeing it the desired color and steam-washing the fabric to remove the wax and reveal their designs. Each mask is unique to the Artisan who made it.

Click on the photos below to explore these handcrafted fair-trade Thai batik fabric designs from Thailand!

Trades of Hope is partnering to provide sustainable jobs for women in areas of extreme poverty in Thailand.
Every purchase of Trades of Hope designs from Thailand empowers women in areas of extreme poverty to earn dignified sustainable income.

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Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communications Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan advocacy.


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