We work with trusted partners to bring you items from around the globe. All partner companies for accessories are Fair Trade Federation members. Continental - our T-Shirt company has additional certifications.
FAIR ANITA IN ETHIOPIA
Meet Team Ethiopia, a fair trade cooperative of about 150 women living in the villages outside Addis Ababa. A talented group that we long wanted to work with, we first partnered with Team Ethiopia in 2015. Team Ethiopia provides refuge, health care and the chance at a new life to women who have survived war, domestic violence and societal oppression. We are blown away by Team Ethiopia’s ability to transform recycled bullet casings into beautiful and meaningful jewelry, and we are proud to share their story with you.
Gender-based violence is a significant issue in Ethiopia, and the cooperative behind Team Ethiopia was organized in response to such violence.
- Early marriage, rape and female genital mutilation effect the majority of women in Ethiopia, and these practices often result in fistula.
- Fistula is essentially a hole, causing women to leak urine and/or blood constantly. Because of this condition and the stench that accompanies it, women are pushed out of their community and assumed worthless.
- Many of these women escape to Entoto Mountain, a hill outside the capital where Team Ethiopia is located, to seek refuge.
- Now these women, along with many who are also experiencing HIV/AIDS, are creating a better life for themselves through the fair trade cooperative.
To learn more about the cultural context in Ethiopia, read Fair Anita's blog post here
HOW THEY ARE HELPING
We support Team Ethiopia by helping them employ more women, earn higher wages and reach new customers.
- We commit to long term, reliable trade agreements that allow cooperatives to hire more women and make proactive business decisions. Team Ethiopia can count on us to place continuous orders at consistent prices, and that trust results in more jobs and more job security for women.
- We work very closely with this group on design. The bullet casing beads are expensive to make because they are so time-consuming, and it is (of course!) important that we pay the artisans fairly. To keep prices low for our final customers, it's important to develop designs that take less time to produce, therefore keeping costs lower. The group can make more pieces this way, so they're happy, and so are we!
- We recognize the difference between living wage and minimum wage, and we pay our artisans more than 8x the minimum wage in Ethiopia. The minimum wage in Ethiopia is 14 birr per day ($0.60 USD/day). We pay artisans 15-25 birr per hour, resulting in 120-200 bir per day ($5.23-$8.71 USD/day). A huge difference!
Meet Anita - the reason for Fair Anita's existence.
Below, the Lima Women's Cooperative specializing in Silver Jewelry
The Chimbote Women's Cooperative speciallizing in beaded jewelry.
FAIR ANITA IN PERU
Our history with Team Peru goes back to 2009, before Fair Anita was founded, when our founder Joy moved to Peru to learn about domestic violence in a country with one of the highest rates in the world. While building a women’s shelter in the small town of Chimbote, Joy had the opportunity to work with local women and ask them what they thought was the most important resource for women experience domestic violence. Almost unanimously, these women expressed that jobs are the single most important resource for women experiencing domestic violence, because sustainable income allows women to leave an abusive partner.
Joy founded Fair Anita from the lessons she learned in Chimbote, and to this day our work remains grounded in supporting women’s resilience through responsive business relationships.
Team Peru is comprised of two cooperatives, one in the small town of Chimbote and one outside the capital city, Lima. Our partners in Chimbote specialize in intricate beaded jewelry and produce our best selling friendship bracelets. Our partners in Lima specialize in sterling silver jewelry, a difficult field for women artisans to enter as silver work is traditionally a male domain. Team Peru offers support services for women experiencing domestic violence and sustainable jobs that would not otherwise be available to women.
HOW THEY ARE HELPING
We support Team Peru by helping them employ more women, earn higher wages and reach new customers.
- We commit to long term, reliable trade agreements that allow cooperatives to hire more women and make proactive business decisions. Team Peru can count on us to place continuous orders at consistent prices, and that trust results in more jobs and more job security for women.
- We recognize the difference between living wage and minimum wage, and we pay our artisans more than 3x the minimum wage in Peru. The minimum wage in Peru is 28 soles per day ($8.70 USD), though most people don't make this even this amount. Fair Anita artisans in Peru are paid 90-150 soles per day ($28-46 USD/day).
FAIR ANITA IN CHILE
Meet Team Chile, a team comprised of three artisan cooperatives working around the capital city of Santiago, small groups with a total of 12 artisans. We started working with Team Chile in 2016, when Joy lived in Chile for 6 months to work directly with artisans. Team Chile specializes in copper jewelry production, using age old copper forging techniques to produce modern and edgy pieces. The jewelry market is huge in Chile, but most jewelry makers work outside the formal economy, meaning they make even lower than minimum wage. Team Chile acts as a facilitator for independent artisans, helping marginalized workers enter the formal economy and earn fair wages.
Team Chile works primarily with natural resources like copper, brass and semi-precious stones. These materials are historically significant, because Spanish colonizers exploited Chilean natural resources for hundreds of years. Team Chile reverses that narrative by bringing traditional copper forging techniques to the fair trade market, ensuring that the profits from local resources are invested back in the community.
HOW THEY ARE HELPING
We support Team Chile by helping them employ more women, earn higher wages and reach new customers.
- We commit to long term, reliable trade agreements that allow cooperatives to hire more women and make proactive business decisions. Team Chile can count on us to place continuous orders at consistent prices, and that trust results in more jobs and more job security for women.
- We recognize the difference between living wage and minimum wage, and we pay our artisans more than 3x the minimum wage in Chile. The minimum wage in Chile is 8,800 Chliean pesos per day ($13.50 USD/day). Our Chilean artisans are paid per piece, as there are very few people actually making the products (unlike most of the other cooperatives we work with). They can make about $155,000 Chilean pesos per day when they are working on our orders, the equivalent of $233 USD/day.
MARQUET IN THAILAND
The Akha people are indigenous to South-East Asia and live throughout Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Eastern China. Our artisan collective employs over one hundred crafts people, and offers both full-time and part-time opportunities, as well as the opportunity to work from home. This offers maximum flexibility for the artisans to work around their own schedules and other personal or family commitments. A central and highly productive workshop also provides a great social environment where the sound of laughter is abundant as artisans are happy to come work together in a relaxed and fun setting.
ARTICLE 22 IN LAOS
New York native Elizabeth Suda wanted to answer a simple question: “how and by whom are the goods we consume made?”
After two years in the Merchandising Department at Coach, she packed her bags and traveled to Laos. She was without a plan, but prepared. Upon arrival in Vientiane she began knocking on the doors of local women-based textile businesses. She was on a mission to understand how local, sustainable crafts made by women could be plugged into the global fashion market.
Recognizing that market linkage and design are major constraints on artisans, she founded ARTICLE 22 when she met artisans in a rural village melting US bombs into spoons. She created the Peacebomb bracelet with the idea of buying back the bombs. Since, ARTICLE22 has developed into a global business with "doing good" at its core
One of the poorest nations according to the World Bank, Laos also has the unfortunate distinction of being the most heavily bombed country in history per capita. Between 1964 and 1973, against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the Secret War was waged in neutral Laos. 80 million of the 250 million bombs dropped failed to detonate, leaving a deadly legacy that plagues the agrarian population today.
With each purchase ARTICLE 22 helps to clear land from mines making something beautiful out of something difficult.
HOW ARE THEY HELPING
When artisans of Naphia returned to their bomb-littered village in 1974 upon the close of the Vietnam War, they found bombs, exploded and unexploded, and a crashed jet plane. One of the men learned to melt the war scrap into spoons.
Since 2009, Article 22 began working with the village to support their art and
Laos should not be defined by this it's past. Like a treasure chest, the country has incredible biological diversity, 47 ethnic groups, and a living craft culture of weaving and natural dyeing.
Since ARTICLE22 began working with the village in 2009, 12 families grew into 15 families, husbands and wives that make Peacebomb jewelry.
They work part time and earn at least 5x the local hourly minimum wage, providing them with the disposable income for books, school, fuel,and medicine that their subsistence farming livelihoods cannot. Artisans are agents of change, healing their land, making it safe to play and grow rice.
FAIR ANITA IN VIETNAM
Meet Team Vietnam, a team composed of two artisan cooperatives located outside the capital city Hanoi. Team Vietnam specializes in handwoven silk products, a traditional form of Vietnamese craftsmanship that has struggled to compete in modern textile markets. Team Vietnam is committed to preserving local cultures, employing vulnerable groups and improving the quality of life for artisans around the country.
Team Vietnam is committed to employing mainly marginalized groups. They focus on partnering with ethnic minority groups, rural or isolated communities, people with disabilities and traditional villagers. By providing these groups with good jobs and access to national and international markets, Team Vietnam brings visibility and dignity to marginalized populations. Team Vietnam uses its profits to:
- Train artisans on technical skills
- Train artisans on business skills
- Bring traditional goods to modern markets
- Increase visibility of marginalized populations
- Improve livelihoods for artisans all over the country
HOW THEY ARE HELPING
We support Team Vietnam by helping them employ more women, earn higher wages and reach new customers.
- We commit to long term, reliable trade agreements that allow cooperatives to hire more women and make proactive business decisions. Team Vietnam can count on us to place continuous orders at consistent prices, and that trust results in more jobs and more job security for women.
- We recognize the difference between living wage and minimum wage, and we pay our artisans at least 2x the minimum wage in Vietnam, which is set at 125,000 Vietnamese dong per day ($5.50 USD).
FAIR ANITA IN CAMBODIA
Meet Team Cambodia, a team of 75 artisans working in the rural villages outside of Phnom Penh. Team Cambodia is an inclusive cooperative with a special focus on women and people with physical disabilities. Team Cambodia produces modern textile goods using local materials and traditional weaving techniques. The goods produced by Team Cambodia are infused with the personality of the artisans and the mission of the cooperative: to improve the quality of life for women and girls throughout the region.
Team Cambodia works to empower women and people with disabilities through handicraft training and employment. To create job opportunities for village women, Team Cambodia conducts sewing, embroidery and weaving trainings in villages throughout the country. To create job opportunities for people with disabilities, Team Cambodia provides specialized trainings and invests in handicapable workshop tools.
HOW THEY ARE HELPING
We support Team Cambodia by helping them employ more women, earn higher wages and reachnew customers.
- We commit to long term, reliable trade agreements that allow cooperatives to hire more women and make proactive business decisions. Team Cambodia can count on us to place continuous orders at consistent prices, and that trust results in more jobs and more job security for women.
- There is no national minimum wage in Cambodia, and unskilled workers in the textile market typically received the lowest wages in society. For comparison, the specific minimum wage in the unskilled garment and shoe industry is 4,000 Cambodian Riel per day, equivalent to $1.10 USD per day. Fair Anita artisans in Cambodia are paid over 5x this amount.
FAIR ANITA IN INDIA
Meet Team India, a team comprised of four artisan cooperatives and over 6,000 women. Our story with Team India began in 2013, when Joy and Anna first traveled to India and began exploring artisan markets in the villages outside of Delhi. After developing partnerships with artisans in the Uttar Pradesh region, we began designing jewelry that combines local artisan traditions with modern jewelry trends. We are proud to partner with the resilient and talented women of Team India and offer you the bold and meaningful collection that you see today.
By providing women with health insurance, educational scholarships, and business trainings, Team India supports women’s development both socially and economically.
- Team India provides health insurance and educational scholarships for its artisans, directly investing women's rights and social mobility.
- They also work hard to help women break into the job market, providing community trainings on business and vocational skills to women of different experience levels.
HOW THEY ARE HELPING
We support Team India by helping them employ more women, earn higher wages and reach new customers.
- We commit to long term, reliable trade agreements that allow cooperatives to hire more women and make proactive business decisions. Team India can count on us to place continuous orders at consistent prices, and that trust results in more jobs and more job security for women.
- We recognize the difference between living wage and minimum wage, and we pay our artisans more than 2x the minimum wage in Delhi. Uttar Pradesh minimum wage: 445 rupees per day ($6.88 USD/day), compared to Fair Anita wage: 800+ rupees per day ($12.50 USD+). The minimum wage in India is also seen as a livable wage, but most workers in India aren't employed through the formal economy, so they don't even receive minimum wage for their work.
CONTINENTAL CLOTHING IN INDIA
Continental Clothing Co. has been running a pro-active social responsibility programme as a member of Fair Wear Foundation since early 2006. All the Company’s manufacturing facilities are regularly audited for social compliance and are running active monitoring programmes in accordance with standards advocated by the International Labour Organisation, the Ethical Trading Initiative and other international bodies. The Company publishes an annual Social Report.
- FWF is governed by the following organisations:
- Modint (business association for manufacturers and distributors of fashion, interior design, carpets and textiles)
- CBW-MITEX (business association for retailers of interior design, fashion, shoes and sportswear)
- FNV Bondgenoten (federation of trade unions - service industry)
- CNV Dienstenbond (Christian trade union - service industry)
- Clean Clothes Campaign
HOW THEY ARE HELPING
We all have a right to a safe and healthy work environment, a living wage, a legally binding contract. We all have a right to be free from discrimination and harassment, to join - or not to join - a labour union, to choose our work freely. We all have a right to fair and reasonable working hours. And our children have a right to go to school.
Continental Clothing Co. has adopted a robust policy with regard to the following minimum social responsibility criteria:
- No use of child labour
- No use of forced labour
- Safe and healthy working conditions
- Legal labour contracts
- Payment of living wage
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
- No discrimination against employees
- No excessive hours of work
SEVYA IN INDIA
Our scarves, and jewelry are handmade and bring together fair trade and fashion.
They work with partners - and in turn they work with artisan cooperatives throughout India to develop contemporary styles and designs that showcase their traditional and eco-friendly methods of handcraft--including hand-loom, block-printing, tie-dye, and embroidery.
Sevya supports artisan groups that have little access to marketing avenues by reviving endangered art forms and showcasing their products in the global arena.
Sevya works with thousands of artisans throughout India, including weavers, block-printers, embroiderers, and jewelry makers. These artisans are members of cooperatives and non-profit organizations and most often, the entire village is involved in some aspect of the craft--from dyeing the yarn to setting the loom, weaving and hand-tasseling. The emphasis is not on highlighting an individual artisan, as each piece represents a collective effort in which many hands and hearts have contributed to its making
HOW THEY ARE HELPING
Sevya's fair trade clothing is made by women embroidery artisans in Northern India, who do the fine hand-embroidery in their homes. This gives them the freedom and flexibility to work when it is convenient for them while earning a sustainable livelihood from their craft.
With the savings earned from this work, these women form their own micro-finance groups, so they can handle any financial needs without resorting to high-interest money enders.
Every purchase of a Sevya product directly benefits these artisan groups and enables them to pass their rich traditions on to the next generation.
It also helps to ensure that these women artisans gain greater economic and social freedom and can effect lasting changes in their lives, the lives of their children, and their communities.
This team goes above and beyond to find local and sustainable materials for their products. The recycled leather used in the Fight for What’s Right Bracelet is a great example of this commitment. Recycled leather is made by shredding and compressing scraps of leather into smooth, sturdy material. Women artisans transform recycled leather into bracelets by cutting and screen-printing the material into double-wrap bracelets with inspiring messages.
FAIR ANITA IN SOUTH AFRICA
Meet Team South Africa, a cooperative of 80 women artisans living in some of the most vulnerable communities in South Africa. Team South Africa is dedicated to promoting equality and unity in South Africa, a country with high levels of economic inequality and social marginalization. Team South Africa partners with independent skills-building organizations and local resource suppliers to provide many kinds of job opportunities for women in marginalized communities. By empowering women through skills building and economic opportunity, Team South Africa works to combat inequality and promote social unity throughout the country.
HOW THEY SUPPORT SOUTH AFRICA
We support Team South Africa by helping them employ more women, earn higher wages and reach new customers.
We commit to long term, reliable trade agreements that allow cooperatives to hire more women and make proactive business decisions. Team South Africa can count on us to place continuous orders at consistent prices, and that trust results in more jobs and more job security for women.
Currently, there is no national minimum wage in South Africa, although a new minimum wage law may take effect in 2018. The median income of South African workers is about $10 USD per day, which is slightly below the poverty line. However, due to institutional inequality that remains from the Apartheid era, most black South Africans make far less than $10 per day and experience higher levels of poverty. Fair Anita ensures fair payment and livable wages for artisans, paying Team South Africa well above the average income of marginalized workers.
EGYPTIAN ARTISANS - FAIR ANITA
Meet Team Egypt, a team composed of more than 300 artisans. Our history with Team Egypt goes back to October 2015, when Joy traveled solo to Egypt looking to learn from women around the country. The fair trade market in Egypt is significantly smaller than in other countries where we work, and the organizers behind Team Egypt are leading the fair trade movement in their country.
Team Egypt focuses on four main areas: decreasing the wage gap between male and female artisans, improving child education rates, protecting the environment and preserving cultural traditions. Team Egypt employees are women, and they are paid equal wages as men in the cooperative. Team Egypt works to prevent child labor by ensuring parents have good jobs in safe working conditions that pay living wages, so children can stay in school. Team Egypt is committed to using materials and techniques that do no harm to the environment. Lastly, Team Egypt uses traditional weaving techniques to produce goods that are representative of national history and culture.
HOW THEY ARE HELPING
We support Team Egypt by helping them employ more women, earn higher wages and reach new customers.
- We commit to long term, reliable trade agreements that allow cooperatives to hire more women and make proactive business decisions. Team Egypt can count on us to place continuous orders at consistent prices, and that trust results in more jobs and more job security for women.
- We recognize the difference between living wage and minimum wage, and we pay our artisans more than 3x the minimum wage in Egypt, which is 40 Egyptian pounds per day ($2.20 USD)
ETHIOPIA, SOUTH AFRICA AND EGYPT
HALIMA NECKLACE (Ethiopia)
SHE PERSISTED (South Africa)
SUNDUS SCARF (Egypt)
PERU & CHILE
LICETH V NECKLACE (Peru)
FRESHWATER PEARL DROPS (Peru)
ADELA EARRINGS (Chile)
THAILAND, VIETNAM, CAMBODIA
LAUREN WRAP NECKLACE (Thailand)
GOLDEN BINH SCARF (Vietnam)
LEAVES CANVAS TOTE (Cambodia)
ARROW BANGLE PEACEBOMB
WOMEN OF THE WORLD UNITE
MOTHER DAUGHTER SET
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE TEE
SACRED FEATHER EARRINGS
INDIAN SHIBORI SCARF
ATHENA GOLD CUFF
DOUBLE TRIANGLE CLARITY NECKLACE