We connect with artisans to develop relationships based on transparency and respect and we trade fairly with cooperatives that incorporate Fair Trade principles, set their own prices and offer a safe and flexible work environment.
In 1992, five women, Celestina, Martina, Encarnación, Rosario and Nicolasa, came together to create the San Juan Cooperative out of a need for work and to support their families and offer a better life for their children.
The women in the cooperative meet regularly to discuss new designs and develop their skills. To complete a full textile takes around three days and all ten weavers work from home, allowing them to take care of their families.
About 25 years ago, Ina, the wife of a sugar cane farmer in the Philippines, saw an opportunity to gather the workers wives to make handicrafts as a way of generating extra incomes for their families.
Defying cultural and gender norms in Teotitlán, Pastora started this cooperative over 20 years ago together with her mother, grandmother and a small group of women.
With an approach to up-cycled materials found at home or from close by neighbours and businesses, Broder Ian strives to create art driven by the quality of each material.
“Turning dreams into reality” is at the heart of this cooperative. Charu and her brothers wanted to uplift not only themselves but also others who deserved the recognition of their talent whilst improving the lives of those who they work with.