Artisans express the cultural richness of all societies. PEOPLink has provided many grass roots artisan groups the technical tools to create online store grouped into marketplaces enabling them to sell directly to buyers all over the world, thereby bypassing the middlemen that pay them only about 10% of the final price.
You can help by alerting your networks of family and friends (via email, blogs, Facebook, Twitter) that they can at least double the income of these artisan groups by purchasing directly through the following marketplaces:
- FairTradeDirect.com - Artisan groups already selling through fair trade channels (can generate a 10% commission for your favorite non-profit)
- FromHerHands.com - (under construction) women artisans worldwide
- Third World Craft Nepal - (Market Place for Nepalese Artisans)
PEOPLink knows these artisan groups well and is happy to guarantee the transactions.