Your aim to help women artisans out of poverty is always true when you carry our Artful Arrow Sling. With its compact size and zipper-closed storage, its the perfect sling for when you are on the go!
- 100% cotton
- Zippered top closure
- Inside zipper pocket
- 7.75" L x 6" W (19.7 x 15.3 cm) Strap: 20. 5" L (52.1 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Vietnam
In Hanoi, Vietnam, where most people are raised to be farmers, there aren't a lot of vocational opportunities outside of agriculture. One stroke of bad luck can wipe out a year's worth of hard work -- drought or flood can destroy the year's crops, and the year's income. A lot of farmland is being purchased by developers of apartment buildings, leaving many farmers with no land, no vocational skills, and no source of income.
Craftbeauty is a fair trade craft organization that provides skills and a steady source of income to disadvantaged women who wouldn't otherwise have any options, including farming women, and women with disabilities. In Vietnam only about 15% of disabled persons receive training in vocational skills, and many end up unemployed and very poor. Craftbeauty offers these women (between the ages of 18 and 40 years old) a chance to learn about silk weaving, tailoring, embroidery, fashion, and quality control, and pays almost double the Vietnamese national livable wage. In addition to giving them a source of income, a skill set, and a safe workplace, these positions help the women retain their dignity, self worth, and confidence.
High quality materials, well-made. My only disappointment is I assumed this was a crossbody bag and this is about an inch short of such.