WorldFinds mission is to create employment for low-income artisans in the developing
world, provide unique, beautiful and sellable designs for North American retailers,
and operate a sustainable business that also employs people in the US all
the while being kind to the environment.
We work directly with all of our artisan groups which include
a combination of WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) members, small families
of artisans, and womens cooperatives. They are all talented, low-income
artisans who are paid a livable wage and have safe working conditions, access
to healthcare and childcare, and on-going training and education. We cultivate
long-term relationships with our groups and have been working with some of our
artisans for nearly 9 years.
WorldFinds original designs are developed in-house and are based on
our artisans skills and locally available resources, as well as current
trends and a timeless design sensibility. Our aesthetic is unique and helps
to set our products apart while building capacity for our artisan groups. Our
regular in-person visits ensure we know our artisans well and can develop collaborative
designs based on their strengths. Many of our products also help preserve traditional
techniques, including the beading and embroidery in our popular zardozi ornaments
and our recycled sari items.
WorldFinds is largely women-focused, both in our offices here in the
States as well as with our artisan groups in the developing world. Were
very conscious of the issues surrounding women and children, and our commitment
to provide regular employment to low-income women is one of our primary motivators.
When women are paid properly and are provided with safe and healthy working
conditions, positive changes begin to happen within families and communities.
We strive to continue this trend and break the cycles that have dominated societies
for so long.
Our strong commitment to the fair trade movement is also evident; WorldFinds
is an active member of the Fair Trade Federation, and our founder Kelly Weinberger
currently serves on the Board of Directors as well as several committees.