Fair Trade Downunder bring Handcrafted Gift items from over 12 countries.
Every product sold has within it the power to reshape the world for a handful of families crushed by the despair of poverty.
Here are just some of the people and communities that are given hope through our purchases.
Mary & Martha Mongolia
This wonderful organisation was set up 9 years ago by a couple from the UK. It is an ethically run business operating under Fair Trade Principles.
They produce an incredible assortment of traditional handcrafted items including Jewellery, Felt Toys, Leather Goods, Slippers, Scarves and Hats.
Mongolia is a fascinating country, with a combative history, and some of the world's most extreme weather conditions. The Mongolian people know how to endure hardship with resilience and strength. They work hard to provide for their families, using their traditional skills.
Fatima Self Help Center
The Fatima Self Help Center of the Good Shepherd Sisters, Thailand, has helped thousands of marginalized women and girls over the last 30 years.
Located in Bangkok, the women who work at the Fatima Center are residents of nearby apartments that were built by the National Housing Authority. The women are poor and are mostly the only income earners in their family.
Their training by the Self Help Center has enabled them to make enough income to educate their children so they have a brighter future. They are paid a 'living wage' and work under Fair Trade Principles.
Florence Nakisige is a young mother of 3 children who live in the village of Bujagali about 25 minutes motor cycle ride from Jinja in Uganda. Flo also supports her orphaned nephew who is now in university, and looks after her widowed father as well.
Flo is an enterprising, hard-working woman who started a co-operative a few years ago with her sister, to help the other families in their village. She makes paper bead jewellery, making each paper bead – one at a time – and she is never idle. The process includes cutting, glueing and rolling, then drying and coating with estapol, and then threading them and turning them into Fabulous Flo Jewellery!
Second Chance was the inspiration of Jodie Macartney (from Melbourne), she saw a need while living in Bangkok's Klong Toey Slum and did something about it.
Second Chance women up-cycle clothing into an amazing assortment of practical items, each piece is unique and very well made. From toys to bags of all sizes, aprons and bunting - the list is endless.
The clothes are given a second chance and also the women who work there.
The ladies have been trained in sewing and English. They are all paid a 'living wage' and are educating their children.