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The bead-work on these leather sandals is hand-done primarily by women artisans in Kenya. Global Girls' mission is to encourage self-sustainability among African women by providing much-needed jobs for talented artisans and by promoting the traditional crafts they make.
Global Girls believes in the importance of fair trade and in the value of jobs instead of hand-outs. A job that provides a living wage is crucial to empowerment and to promoting a sense of self-worth, which in turn, helps people move away from a culture of welfare and towards self-reliance.
Many of the artisans with whom Global Girls works are disenfranchised: most are single mothers, some have health issues or are physically challenged. Not all the workers are women; many men contribute an integral part of the sandal-making process as well, including beadwork.
Global Girls is proud to pay the artisans fair-trade wages and allow them to work in their community at their own pace. By working close to home (or sometimes at home), the employees save money that would otherwise be spent on bus-fare to and from a job-site, meals out and child-care.
We are also proud that our pool of artisans has grown from under ten people when we first began to currently over 150 individuals who count on regular employment now.