Fair trade enterprises are committed to empowering women globally because all women should have an equal opportunity to realize their potential.
Passion Lilie is providing unique economic opportunities to women in India through their new job training program, which started on April 20th of this year. Every three months, they take on a new trainee who will receive free job training and a long-term, fair trade job opportunity. Their priority is to invest in training more women in India, whether or not they choose to work with Passion Lilie later, though each trainee will be offered a job after completing the program. The first trainee, Geetha, worked as an assistant tailor for many years, but she remained an unskilled worker and earned as little as 8,000 rupees, or around 115 U.S. dollars, per month. During training, she will receive 13,000 rupees per month and can earn an even higher wage after finishing the program, allowing her to support herself and her family.
Himalayan Naari is revitalizing traditional woolen crafts in three remote villages, tucked into the Indian Himalayan mountains. Through this regeneration of knitting and weaving practices, over 100 Naari artisans are improving their lives and strengthening local communities while creating a sustainable global business. The women of Naari create beautiful handmade products by combining traditional techniques and natural materials with modern designs. The artisan knowledge passed down from generation to generation is now being shared with the world. In April of this year, Himalayan Naari held a health camp, where they tested the nutritional and health status of all of the Naari artisans, and started a food supplementation initiative for malnourished, pregnant, and nursing women.
By innovating to empower women, FTF members are leading by example to create a fairer society for the next generation.