The empowerment of artisans with sustainable incomes through their craft is the inspiration for KeapSake. To cherish the value of their work and their traditions.
Every purchase through KeapSake provides artisans with a source of fair trade income, support for their community, and a global platform for their work.
Afghanistan was once a great center of civilization found at the heart of the ‘silk road’. Their craft industry, a source of great pride for the Afghan people, suffered greatly after more than three decades of conflict and displacement. Turquoise Mountain trains a new generation of young Afghan artisans, ensuring the livelihoods of its students by connecting their work to markets across the globe. These craftswomen and men learn centuries-old skills and work with contemporary designers to produce their unique handmade pieces.
Pac Co is a cooperative of 24 H'mong women in the northern hills of Vietnam working together towards a sustainable and equitable future for their families and wider community. Through the development and sale of their traditional crafts they can preserve and promote their ethnic minority culture, buy food for their family, educate their children and get a fair income for their work.
Employing over 80 artisans in Kenya, Meyelo provides them with business training programs and revenue to the artisans and their communities by giving a portion of their proceeds back into the growth of artisan small businesses.
With a long-term investment in helping others, Meyelo work in community development with Massai villages helping to provide better access to education, water, farming co-ops and medical needs.
TARA Projects was established by Prof Shyam S Sharma in 1973 with the objective of empowering economically disadvantaged artisans in Delhi and working towards eradicating unfair trade practices and child labour. TARA actively engages in providing support services to artisans in the production and marketing of handicraft, and helps them work towards overcoming poverty and illiteracy, and hence exploitation.
Manuel and Marcela are a young couple trying to maintain the traditional crafts passed down through their families through their generations. The work they do is reminiscent of how their grandparents would have done it, but the finished product has a definite eye towards the modern guided by Marcela's taste for fashion. As with so many of the weavers in Oaxaca, to them it is not just about making a living but a continuation of the knowledge and pride that exists within all artisanal craft.
What began with a simple rolled paper bead earring displayed on a card and employing one artisan has become a thriving workshop and business. Established in 2009, Quazi Designs works with recycled paper to create original designs that include paper beaded necklaces, bracelets and bowls. Bright, re-used magazines turn into objects of beauty through innovative product development and the talented artisans in Swaziland.
“We believe in treating people, planet and profit equally, building a business where ethical and social standards balance with cutting edge design."