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During their time working in international development, Catherine Lieber Shimony and Joan Shifrin noticed that among many marginalised communities, two parallel threads were not being connected: the need for women to earn a stable income in order to improve the health and economic prospects of their families; and those same women's creative and skilled production of highly marketable handmade goods. They were thus inspired to found the non-profit Global Goods Partners in 2005, working with more than 40 artisan groups in 20 countries across the Global South to provide access to the US market and bring fair wages back into their communities. Further, Global Goods Partners re-invests profits into support schemes designed to increase the reach and sustainability of community improvements brought about by women's employment.
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Global Goods Partners is based in the USA and works with artisans in the Americas, Africa and Asia. Learn more about their artisan partners here.
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