Artisan Stories

Artisan Stories

In addition to providing the opportunity of upper mobility to communities where little or none existed before, AGF also tackles gender inequality by employing women who could not even dream of having access to income or their own business. When mothers are able to earn money, it is possible for their daughters to focus on their education, often considered a luxury in developing countries. This is important because the children of an educated mother are fourteen times more likely to get an education themselves. Moreover, the income in the hands of a mother twenty times more of an effect on her child’s health and well being. Thus, a woman’s resourcefulness with money has an immeasurable impact on the family, community, and future generations. As World Bank vice president Mieko Nishimizu stated, “If you educate a boy, you educate a human being. If you educate a girl, you educate generations.”


Rufina

In the next 6 months, with Rufina’s dedication and A Global Friendship’s guidance, we will achieve placement of 4 new designs in 125 plus retail outlets, allowing 10 persons a sustainable job getting paid a stable fair wage to work inside an AGF-sponsored workspace in Pisac.
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Chanoknun

AGF founder Elizabeth Firgeleski met Chanoknun in the craft market of
Chiang Mai, and was inspired by her skill, intelligence and drive. They worked together to fashion new lines and improve Chanoknun’s production methods and business skills. Today,┬áChanoknun is responsible for most of AGF’s bestsellers.
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Kadek

Kadek, A Global Friendship’s partner artisan in Indonesia, lives on the northeastern part of Bali’s island with her two school-aged children and husband. During AGF’s initial meeting with Kadek, she talked about the lack of work in Indonesia and how she often fears she won’t be able to feed her children.
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