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Cultural Exchange Bag

$28.00

SKU: S- 166722

The basic black bag gets a fun twist with this cultural textile ribbon handle that's interchangeable with any fun straps of your own. You also get a purse fob that can be used as a key chain or tassel decoration. This bag is full of fun possibilities!

Craftbeauty is a fair trade craft organization that provides skills and a steady source of income to disadvantaged women who wouldn't otherwise have any options, including farmers and women with disabilities. In Vietnam, only about 15% of disabled persons receive training in vocational skills, and many end up unemployed and very poor. Craftbeauty runs a fair-trade factory that houses the main office and a manufacturing area. In addition, they work with artisans working in provincial villages, employing over 100 people in Hanoi and surrounding areas.

  • 100% cotton canvas bag, cotton/satin woven strap
  • Tassel zipper pull
  • Zipper closure
  • Bag: 13.5" L x 12.5" H x 5" D with fixed 28" L strap (71 cm)
    Sling: 9" L x 9" H x 2" D with adjustable strap: up to 54.5" L (138.4 cm)
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Vietnam

Artisan Diu

In Hanoi, Vietnam, where most people are raised to be farmers, there aren't a lot of vocational opportunities outside of agriculture. One stroke of bad luck can wipe out a year's worth of hard work -- drought or flood can destroy the year's crops, and the year's income. A lot of farmland is being purchased by developers of apartment buildings, leaving many farmers with no land, no vocational skills, and no source of income.

Craftbeauty is a fair trade craft organization that provides skills and a steady source of income to disadvantaged women who wouldn't otherwise have any options, including farming women, and women with disabilities. In Vietnam only about 15% of disabled persons receive training in vocational skills, and many end up unemployed and very poor. Craftbeauty offers these women (between the ages of 18 and 40 years old) a chance to learn about silk weaving, tailoring, embroidery, fashion, and quality control, and pays almost double the Vietnamese national livable wage. In addition to giving them a source of income, a skill set, and a safe workplace, these positions help the women retain their dignity, self worth, and confidence.

By shopping the Global Girlfriend collection, you are making a difference in women’s lives across the globe. Global Girlfriend is focused on striving for gender equality and empowerment, and the importance of women providing for themselves and their families. By supporting jobs that guarantee fair wages by fair trade, women are able to proudly contribute to their families, encouraging their communities to flourish.

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