Aayenda, meaning "future" in Dari, is a semi-precious jewelry collection launched by the nonprofit organization Future Brilliance. In war-torn Afghanistan, Future Brilliance aims to set the foundation for long-term sustainable change by training its artisans in metalsmithing and providing literacy courses.
Article 22 tells transformation stories of devastation to design. Artisans of Naphia, Laos, return to their bomb-littered village in 1974 upon the close of the Vietnam War to find bombs, both exploded and unexploded. Artisans of Naphia earn at least five times the local hourly minimum wage, providing them with the disposable income for books, school, fuel and medicine.
Artisans Association of Cambodia (AAC) works with 32 member organizations to aid disadvantaged populations, including formerly trafficked women and landmine survivors. AAC supports and promotes crafts produced by these artisan groups and helps bring them to a large international market.
Asha Handicrafts has been a leader of the fair trade movement in India for over 40 years. Asha, which means “hope” in Sanskrit, aims to transform the lives of Indian artisans by offering access to the international market for their handcrafted goods.
Borderline is a fair trade collective that includes over a dozen women’s artisan member groups. Based in Mae Sot along the Thailand-Burma border, Borderline, is committed to promoting gender equality, health and safety for women and children, women’s rights, early childhood development and political engagement.
Caylz Textiles hires women without a background in textile production, and provides free training sessions to teach them the skills needed to produce the brand's signature designs. All products are made using eco-friendly dyes and natural materials.
For over 26 years, Craft Resource Center has been working with over 5,000 artisans in rural and urban slums in Calcutta, India, to develop economic self-sufficiency for craft groups who would otherwise have no access to the international market. Through skills and technology training, CRC provides the dignity of employment and creative work.
Translated from Dari, Dosti means “Friendship,” but the soccer balls the organization produces symbolizes much more than an opportunity to play a friendly game of football. With strict restrictions on women’s mobility and few opportunities to earn income Dosti provides Afghan women a skilled job they can perform in their homes, while providing for their families health and well-being.
Friends Handicrafts provides employment for Nepali women and sustains the ancient technique of felting. Based in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friends Handicraft's mission is to combat urban poverty. It supports skills-training and income-generation programs for 80 female heads-of-households living in and around the capital and provides access to education for their children.
Friends-International works with marginalized urban children, youth and their families, helping them become independent and productive members of their communities. By providing training and income-earning opportunities to parents of street children, Friends International is helping families strengthen their resources and improve their children’s futures.
In the Kandahar province of Afghanistan, decades of war have left thousands of women widowed and financially responsible for their families. At Kandahar Treasure, not only can women respectably earn a sufficient income, but they can also take the opportunity to study literacy, healthcare, and financial management.
Noah’s Ark was founded in 1986 to establish fair wages, provide safe working environments and to serve as a bridge to the global market for traditional Indian handicrafts. In addition to creating income-generation opportunities, Noah’s Ark is dedicated to providing health and educational support to artisans and their families.