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Meet Our Artisan Partners

We partner with over artisans in over 15 countries to make our collections of fair trade jewelry and accessories.

Each piece of Threads jewelry tells a unique story of the woman who made it.

Many of the artisan cooperatives we work with employ women who are survivors of sex trafficking, deaf or otherwise struggling with social, economic, and political hardships. Through dignified work in a nourishing environment, women are able to pull themselves out of poverty and thrive. Traditions that have been passed down for centuries are preserved in the making of jewelry, and we’re honored to open these pieces up to a global marketplace.

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Kenya

Many of the artisans we partner with in Kenya are hearing impaired. Their work in cooperatives creates job opportunities that would otherwise be nonexistent. Many employers in Kenya are unwilling to

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Vietnam

Many of our Artisan Partners in Vietnam have special needs. Their work as artisans provides them with rare job opportunities and shatters the stereotype that people with special needs are a burden to society.

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Bolivia

Our Artisan Partners in Bolivia work with beautiful textiles to create unique, quality pieces. In Bolivia, prostitution and sex trafficking are endemic. In 2 of the country’s major cities, La Paz and El Alto,

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Cambodia

Our Artisan Partners in Cambodia use upcycled materials including newspaper, rice bags, and cement bags to create one-of-a-kind wallets and bags. Many of the artisans are survivors of sex trafficking.

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Ecuador

In South America, it is common for families to move to cities in search of work. Our Artisan Partners in Ecuador are able to earn an income without leaving their village, keeping their families together

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Ethiopia

Many of our Artisan Partners in Ethiopia are HIV-positive, and have been ostracized from their communities due to stigma around HIV. As artisans, they find refuge from judgement and a supportive work environment while earning a fair income and rebuilding their lives.

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Guatemala

In Guatemala, our Artisan Partners use traditional techniques inspired by Mayan culture to create beautiful beaded jewelry. With their earnings, artisans invest in resources like smokeless stoves, solar light bulbs, organic farming, and water filtration that benefit their entire community.

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India

Many women in India are marginalized because of their gender or social caste. Through life-changing work as artisans, women advance socially and economically, empowering them to send their children to school rather than to beg on the streets.

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Uganda

Our Artisan Partners in Uganda believe the long-term solution of job creation will break the cycle of poverty. By offering the opportunity to earn fair wages, this cooperative empowers women to invest in food, shelter, and education.