Send a lovely sentiment to your favorite cat lover. The Cat Tales of Love Card is made with quilled paper. Coiled paper glued into decorative patterns, quilled paper is an art that dates back hundreds of years. Today, working with our fair trade partner Mai Handicrafts, women in Vietnam are able to work in their homes using this traditional skill, earning sustainable incomes while caring for their children.
Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts is a nonprofit organization that provides income generation and marketing services to Vietnamese artisans. Mai Handicrafts runs several craft production projects and markets the work of numerous other craft producers. During recent years, Mai Handicrafts has established itself as the primary marketing agent for artisans from neglected families and women. It practices a model of social development in which social service cannot be separated from economic self-reliance. Mai Handicrafts sales fund various community development activities, including clean water projects, vocational training equipment purchase and teacher wage subsidies. Mai Handicrafts artisans receive social and health insurance, and can apply for scholarship funds. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Mai Handicrafts since 1994.