Marigold Collective is a social enterprise dedicated to the social and economic empowerment of women. We partner with women-focused Artisan Cooperatives in developing countries to provide market access for their high quality products.
Our goal is to support women in their effort to overcome poverty and to being able to provide a sustainable livelihood for their families while preserving heritage craft traditions.
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With artisan activity being the second largest employer in the developing world, millions of women depend on the income earned from these activities. Marigold Collective sells certified fair trade, direct trade and ethically sourced goods handcrafted by artisans who have been paid a fair wage, are working under safe working conditions and are treated with respect and dignity.
While we source primarily from companies that are members of Fair Trade Federation and World Fair Trade Organization, there are a few exceptions. For these companies we research their practices to understand how they apply Fair Trade principles, and to ensure that they are adhering to Fair Trade values.
Fair Trade protects the environment by re-enforcing practices that minimize environmental impact while supporting community development through workplace structures where artisans invest in better housing, healthcare and education for their communities. Fair Trade empowers producers and creates sustainable, positive change.
We are interested in supporting artisans who embrace their country’s unique traditional art forms and engage in sustaining ancient techniques. We believe this helps preserve a country’s cultural heritage while also increasing the value of the artists’ works within the global marketplace through new products and design approaches.