In Bali, silversmithing is a very popular skill, but few artisans are paid fairly because the demand is so high. Tourists drive up the cost of silver, but little makes it into the artisans’ pockets — most is taken by the middlemen running large factories. Through a fair trade cooperative in Bali, artisans gain access to life-changing services including soft loans, sanitary plumbing, farming support, and even access to cows that help agriculture thrive.
We met Karyawati during an artisan visit to Bali in August of 2015. With access to a sustainable income through making jewelry, she has been able to upgrade to proper plumbing in her house, which doubles as her workshop. More touching, though, is the impact fair trade has made on her family: with the income Karyawati has earned, she’s been able to adopt a beautiful little girl, Intan.