Empowering Women with Every Purchase
What We Do
HandCrafting Justice provides access to Fair Trade markets for unique, handmade goods created by enterprising women in the developing world working to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. By fostering self-reliance, ensuring fair wages, and building support networks, the organization offers far more than Fair Trade: HandCrafting Justice promotes human dignity by empowering women to overcome social and economic injustice.
Our work provides economic opportunities, supports personal development, and nurtures the entrepreneurial spirit to effect positive, long-lasting changes in the lives of hard-working women.
From toys and décor to jewelry and handbags, more than 1,000 high-quality products are designed and handmade by thousands of skilled artisans in safe, clean worksites located in 20 countries around the globe. The women set the prices for the goods themselves, and we pay upon receipt, meaning that payment is guaranteed for each artisan. In turn, we share their stories and market their handcrafts in the U.S.
Every purchase has a direct impact on the lives of these artisans and their families.
Who We Are
We believe passionately in the dignity and unique value of each person, and seek to empower those who have been marginalized by society. HandCrafting Justice is a project of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, an international religious congregation ministering in 71 countries on five continents. Headquartered in New York City, HandCrafting Justice is run as an independently managed venture, led by a professional board of directors with expertise in finance, retail, marketing, and law.
While HandCrafting Justice markets our partners products in the U.S., we have counterparts in the UK (Sharing Fair), Australia (Trading Circle), and other developed countries. We represent both provinces of the Good Shepherd Sisters in the U.S. (including the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America), and cooperate internationally through the Good Shepherd International Foundation.
Learn more about our work by downloading our 2011 HandCrafting Justice Annual Report.