WorldFinds is a longstanding member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), with a mission to create positive change in the world through the practice of 360° fair trade.
Our FTF Membership means we are committed to fair trade principles in everything we do. We utilize a 360° approach that is about building true partnerships with our artisans and working to create positive change through all of our work. We are committed to being fair and responsible in everything we do – socially, economically, and environmentally.
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 women’s 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. Our holistic approach means we have been working with many of these groups for over a decade – during that time we have seen many artisans lift themselves out of poverty and even launch their own successful businesses, strengthening the entire community.
We established our Girls Education Fund to provide additional resources to the most marginalized families in our artisan communities in India. Support includes tuition fees, school uniforms, transportation, books, and so much more.
Why is the fund needed?
Despite recent progress in some areas of education, 41% of children in India still drop out of school before 8th grade. And for girls it’s even worse: 64% of adolescent girls are often forced to leave school early to care for younger siblings, help run the household, or for arranged marriages. It is not surprising that half of all girls 15 and older are illiterate. The bright spot is that things are beginning to improve! Last year alone, an increase in orders allowed our artisan groups to send three times as many girls to school. Thank you for making a difference on multiple levels!