Editor’s note: The 11th Annual Holiday Marketplace will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Framingham High School Foundation. SOURCE is profiling several vendors from now until the marketplace.
Helping Hands Artisans
Sales Representative: Jordana Alford
First launched in: 2010
Why did you launch your business? It’s about empowering women artisans! Helping Hands Partners is a non-profit charity with a mission to lift communities by creating sustainable livelihoods and job opportunities for people with barriers to employment. All of our products provide a pathway out of poverty for our fair trade practice global artisans.
Each bag is handmade in Cambodia from fishing and construction netting (that would otherwise be sent to a landfill) and then dyed in beautiful colors. Proceeds from the bags provide sustainable livelihoods for Cambodian artisans, including a 13 month annual salary, free healthcare, free daycare and schooling and economic independence. It’s certified child-free labor and fair trade practice.
What will you be selling at the holiday marketplace? A wide range of fair trade, handcrafted bags and accessories with a great story about empowering women artisans.
What makes your business unique? HelpingHands Partners is a non-profit charity with a mission to lift communities by creating sustainable livelihoods and job opportunities. All of our products provide a pathway out of poverty for our fair trade practice global artisans. The bags are made from upcycled fishing and construction netting.
What is your favorite thing about the holidays?Being surrounded by family!
What is your signature item that everyone should buy at the marketplace and why? Courier Bag–Great Cross Body bag that is easy to use for everyday or travel!