Belart is a Fair Trade small business that works directly with many artisans in Colombia. They are committed to creating and sustaining viable markets through respect based on partnerships between the producers and the buyers. By supporting and empowering disadvantaged communities in Columbia, they are in turn raising the standard of living for the whole community. They are committed to ensuring every artisan is paid a fair, livable wage and work in a safe and healthy environment. At Belart, they celebrate hands as a force of peace, a better tomorrow, and the preservation of cultures around the world.
Hope for Women
The idea for Hope for Women started in 1993 in a small village in the Himalayas while founder Evan Goldsmith was working with a local non-profit group devoted to women's development and environmental issues. The primary mission for Hope for Women is to provide retail and e-commerce opportunities for products made by women, which make up 90% of their artisans. Hope for Women works with at risk families and individuals to provide a stable income to help them create a better future for themselves and their families. Artisan in El Salvador, Colombia and India are trained to work with a variety of natural and recycled materials.