Today, August 9, has been declared International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations. The 2016 theme is dedicated to the Right to Education!
We are proud that Fair Trade supports Indigenous Peoples in different parts of the world and helps afford indigenous families the ability to educate their children. Fair Trade also supports cultural identity by providing the means to earn an income with traditional handicrafts.
In the highlands of Bolivia and Peru, women of the Aymara and Quechua people hand knit beautiful fair trade woolens. Working from home and getting paid by piece, the money they earn helps them pay for their childrens' education.
In Kenya, the women of the Maasai tribe craft stunning jewelry from locally harvested African Zulugrass. The income is invested back into the local community, supporting health benefits, infrastructure, and education.
These are just two examples of indigenous artisans providing for their children's education through Fair Trade. Stop by a Global Gifts store to learn more!
Read more about International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on the UN Website.