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Svelte Felt Classic Handbag

Item # 38077
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Alluringly, rich color and a sweet polka-dot motif accessorize you with whimsical joy -- irresistible!

Made by members of a women's artisan group in Vietnam who support themselves primarily through creating beautiful handicrafts. The artisans meet weekly and share ideas and suggestions regarding working conditions, productivity improvement, development, and pay. The group also provides skills training for disabled women, teaching life skills and boosting confidence.

  • Brown, Green, or Pink
  • Felt
  • 10" (25 cm) W (expandable to 13"), 7.5" T (19 cm)
  • 16" straps
  • Two zippered pockets inside
  • Made in and fairly-traded from Vietnam

Created to help women worldwide gain economic security for themselves and their families by earning fair wages for their handiwork, Global Girlfriend sources women-made, fair-trade imported, eco-friendly products. By supporting long-term partnerships with the artisans, it fosters equal employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, technical assistance, and development strategies to help reduce poverty, one community at a time. Become a "Global Girlfriend" and help build a brighter future for girlfriends around the globe!

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February 22, 2013 - This bag is absolutely adorable! The picture does not do it justice. It is very well made and super stylish! Love it!

Artisan: Craftbeauty

Artisan Craftbeauty

Artisan Diu

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.

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