All of our products are handcrafted by female artisans from some of the most vulnerable communities in the world; communities which will be impacted terribly, both by the health threats posed by Coronavirus and the economic impact on their families. Communities where, if ability to work is disrupted, there are no safety nets to fall back on to be able to afford even the most basic necessities of life.
We want to be able to continue to support all of our artisan suppliers through these uncertain times and are continuing to operate online to ensure we see this through. However, many of our groups will be unable to work or produce their goods due to imposed lockdowns, and so we have devised a plan to allow us to offer financial support through the crisis. We have approached groups in the most adversely affected areas, and asked them to design a product, which they will produce and supply as soon as they are able to return to 'normal' working practices. These products are available to pre-purchase now and ALL profits from sale of these products will go directly back to the artisan groups to help sustain them through this period.
In addition, you can add a voluntary donation to your purchase, which will equate to a specific staple item for a family to buy – for example the cost of a bag of rice, or a basket of vegetables. We are committed to transferring all of the profits and anything additional, back to the groups as soon as we practically can, to ensure that funds keep flowing to allow the women and their families to buy at least the basics they will continue to need. Once things return to some sort of normality, products will be produced, shipped and we'll inform you as soon as they are ready to be dispatched. We really hope you will be able to offer your support for this initiative, as many of you have done so the past - it has never been a more critical time to continue that support than at present.