Fair Trade Egypt
Fair Trade Egypt empowers local communities of marginalized artisans, preserving craft income traditions passed down through many generations. Your purchase provides talented artisans the opportunity to live independently, preserving handcraft traditions that are uniquely Egyptian, but threatened by mass production.
The first fair trade organization in the land of pharaohs and the Nile, Fair Trade Egypt (FTE) was established in 2004 to sustain vulnerable Egyptian artisans and their craft traditions. Believing local artisans cannot compete in today's competitive market without support and a marketing arm, FTE assists artisans with product design, capacity building, literacy and computer training, and medical support. The organization advocates fair trade principles as culturally, socially, and environmentally smart business ideals, and links artisans with global fair trade markets. Protecting Egypt's rich craft culture is at the heart of the cooperative, and FTE works to promote handwoven Egyptian textiles and ethnic embroidery, as well as brass jewelry. Today FTE works with 34 artisan groups and over 1,700 Egyptian craft artisans, more than 90% women.
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