You can browse and buy products handcrafted by women with disabilities in Sierra Leone through our online shop.
Would you like to host a Home Party to promote and sell our Fair Trade products among your friends and contacts? Click here for information on home parties.
For questions about how to order Fair Trade products in bulk quantities, call the Women of Hope International Office at (901) 775- 9757
What do we do?
In 2011 Women of Hope International staff facilitated the development of the women's fair trade cooperative comprised only of women with disabilties. Today over 20 women have organized themselves in separate handicraft guilds where they work in partnership to produce, promote and sell hand-made products. Women of Hope International staff work closely with the team of artisans to generate new ideas, resource materials, add value to existing products, promote quality control and expand market opportunities in West Africa and the U.S.
Women of Hope International staff work to identify and develop the unique skills and strengths within each woman while fostering new abilities through skills training classes as well. If you have an idea for a new product or think you might want to help teach a new skill to women involved in the Fair Trade Initiative, you may want to check out the short-term team page for the next skills training team trip to Sierra Leone. You could help strengthen economic opportunity for women with disabilities in West Africa.
Where does my money go?
All products sold through the Women of Hope International Fair trade Initiative are individually assessed by staff and each artisan is paid according to Sierra Leonean fair market value. Women of Hope International staff work directly with the women's cooperative comprised of all women with disabilities to regulate prices for each item and to ensure each woman makes at least 25-50% profit per product. Women of Hope International purchase all fair trade items up front and then sell them in the U.S to generate income for the ministry. All Fair Trade Initiative revenue is put back into wholistic development programming for women with disabilities in West Africa. When you purchase an item from the Women of Hope International Fair Trade Initiative you are contributing to the financial stability of women with disabilities in Sierra Leone, while promoting dignity and health.