Our Global partners include companies that offer products that do not exploit the people that make them. We believe that the way a product is made can have a positive impact on communities around the world. We would like to tell you the stories of a few of the international companies that offer products that do just that.
~ Wakami ~
Wakami was established with the sole mission to create income-generating opportunities that transform the lives of people in rural villages of Guatemala. Their goal and biggest dream is to empower at least 5,000 people in Guatemala, which would exponentially affect generations to come.
Horse Hippie carries the Wakami Earth bracelets that are made by people in these villages. Not only do these bracelets help the craftsmen that make them they also spread the word of universal love for the Earth and for each other.
~ RICE LOVE ~
Rice Love includes a variety of styles handmade from used jute bags. These used bags would normally go into a landfill in India compounding the problems of a weak infrastructure and high population, therefore, buying their bags helps preserve the earth's resources. These bags are made by seamstresses in India, not in a factory, therefore, buying their bags provides jobs. For every bag you buy, they give away a kilo of rice (2.2 pounds) to a family in need. This typically gives families about a month of rice, therefore, buying their bags feeds families. How many of the bags you own can say the same?
~ DUNITZ & COMPANY ~
The seeds for Dunitz & Company were planted in 1989 when founder Nancy Dunitz visited Guatemala for the first time. “I had been employed in finance for several years at the movie studios,” notes Nancy. “I was longing to explore the world and focus on my creative side. A vacation took me to Guatemala and I’ve been working there ever since.”
Dunitz & Company is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, a Gold Certified Business member of Green America and a founding member of Fair Trade Los Angeles.
Aztec Shiva offer finest quality Indian artistic handbags made from re-purposed military tents and lorry canvas. Some of the canvas is over 50 years old. These bags showcases the handwork and skill of rural women in Rajasthan. The organization works through village clusters enabling women to be trained to work from their home.