Our Artisan Partners
Real women are rising out of poverty every day with the help of people like you.
We help sex trafficking survivors experience healing & hope through trauma counseling, education, & dignified jobs.
“For the first time in my life, I have a job where I feel like I can tell people what I do for a living. It’s helped me find value and confidence in myself. Since becoming an Artisan, I‘ve had the opportunity to take so many classes. I’m excited to learn more!” – Ling
We help acid attack & genocide survivors rediscover dignity & hope as independent businesswomen & Artisans.
“One day, someone threw acid on me. It dissolved both my skin and my life. It was like living in darkness with no future and no value. As an Artisan, I saw that my life encouraged other women. It’s not just business, it’s a matter of the heart.” – Ya
We help women break free from poverty, domestic abuse & human trafficking through counseling, safe & dignified jobs.
“Life was very bad before I became an Artisan. I was sexually abused by my father and sold at 11 years old to a man I did not love. My children will be the first generation in my family to grow up in a safe home without poverty, sexual abuse, or trafficking.” – Yocasta
We help create jobs in areas of extreme poverty & support a safe house for girls overcoming poverty, abuse, & trafficking.
“For years, my job kept me from being with my family. Then, I built a workshop in my home where I could have more time to spend with our children.” – Clara
We help mothers provide & care for their children, so they won’t have to give them up to poverty orphanages.
“My husband didn’t have a job and I didn’t have any way to pay for school or a house for my children. I regretted having children and thought about killing myself. Then, someone told me there was a place where I could go to ask for a job. Now, I’m able to pay for school for my kids and feed them.” – Erna
We help prevent child marriage & exploitation of vulnerable women in sweatshops by providing fair-trade jobs in areas of extreme poverty.
“My parents married me off when I was 17. I was an agricultural laborer but rarely paid. I had never made jewelry, but I was trained and accepted in. Now, I’m confident and earn enough to send my children to school and provide them with healthcare.” – Asha
We help marginalized women overcome discrimination & oppression & become financially independent as Artisans.
“Working with the other women gives me a reason to get up in the morning. We’re a family, not colleagues. Since partnering with Trades of Hope, I’ve become stronger as a person and more confident.” – Manal
We help support a community center & provide jobs for women in areas of extreme poverty & women with disabilities.
“I was unhappy and discouraged. I didn’t know where my meal would come from. Now, I feel free. I feel like a person!” – Alice
We help provide jobs with living wages in areas of extreme poverty so moms can send their kids to school instead of work.
“I grew up in a small village where my grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, and cousins were all Artisans. One day, I’ll pass down our Mayan Artisan heritage to my son too. Your purchase supports so many generations of our family!” – Erica
We help women overcome gender discrimination & trafficking by providing dignified jobs with fair wages for women.
“I grew up in a rural village where women still suffer from gender discrimination, child marriage, and the dowry system. I learned traditional Nepalese felt crafting to support myself and fulfill my dreams of becoming a social entrepreneur.” – Ranjana
We help women overcome poverty, lack of opportunities, & crime by partnering to provide flexible jobs in remote areas.
“If I wasn’t an Artisan, my economic status through the pandemic would be hard. I feel blessed! This order saved us! Trades of Hope was there in an important moment when our work decreased. I was working from home with some Inca Studs in my charge. Our job is not only about a piece of jewelry. It’s a part of our hearts!” – Julia
We partner to help keep families together by providing fair-trade jobs in remote villages, so parents can stay with their families.
“For years, my husband traveled six days a week to provide for our basic needs. My work, binding capiz shells for jewelry at home, is a big help to us. It helps us save money to start a small business, so my husband can stay with us.” – Retchel
We help moms in remote villages earn income at home, so they can afford to stay with their families & send their kids to 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
We help refugees, marginalized women, & families living in slums gain access to dignified jobs, healthcare, & clean water.
“Weaving the traditional baskets of my Ugandan Batwa ancestors has changed my life. I remember when famine hit really hard. It was evening, and we had nothing to eat. Selling my basket was like God coming down. I got enough money to buy food for a month.” – Nyiransabimaana
We help support safe houses & provide jobs for women breaking free from addiction, trafficking, generational poverty, & trauma.
“It’s helped me to step out of my comfort zone and allow myself to move forward by trying new and interesting things that I never thought could be possible – having the nerve to say, ‘Yes!’ Once I walked into the area with the bees, I realized that I can do the seemingly ‘impossible’ stuff that I used to doubt that I would ever be capable of.” – Bee
We help women overcome gender discrimination by providing job skills training & local fair-trade jobs for women.
“We have debt due to economic losses. My work gives me stable income. Soon I will pay off the debt and have more money to take care of our family for a better life. I dream a happy life, our children graduating from university and having a good life.” – Thi Hien
WE’RE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM
How are these stories collected?
The women who choose to share their stories of hope with you do so on a volunteer basis. Many of these Artisans are from communities were women are ignored and oppressed. We never speak on their behalf, but create a platform for them to finally use their voices at their will. We take every opportunity to quote Artisans directly. Every product’s packaging and web page include a quoted message the Artisan wishes for you to hear. These stories are sent to our Artisan Communications department, which touches base with our Artisan communities daily.
How do you "find" your Artisan partners?
In past, we have connected with Artisan partners through our CEO’s network of nonprofit contacts. Our team has also traveled the world to trade shows to meet with new Artisans in person. Today, a majority of connections made through our Artisan application on our website. As we are a leader in the fair trade industry, Artisan communities apply regularly. We enter into partnerships based on their needs (we are always egear to help in urgent circumstances), sustainability, and product development opportinities.
How much to the Artisans get paid?
In past, we have seen charities “giveback” a couple dollars of each bracelet to a developing community.
But we are not a charity, and our Artisan partners have told us they don’t want charity. They want a dignified and fair opportunity.
That is why we pay our Artisan partners 100% of their asking price (they set the price!) for a product order before you even see that product on our website! We are in a business partnership with them. Not a charity.
Our Artisans receive 3 to 6 times what they would normally make in their region. The Fair Trade communities that are helping them get their product to market follow guidelines of checks and balances to give back, not just to the Artisan, but to their community as a whole as well. This includes things like wells, children’s schools, education for adults, land, and developing homes. It is life changing. Fair Trade is about providing a living wage for those in extreme poverty and giving them a chance for a better life. To understand more about Fair Trade go to www.fairtradefederation.org.