Global Craft's mission is to offer income-generating opportunities to artisan groups in developing countries by bringing beautiful products to mainstream markets. Global Crafts follows Fair Trade practices which include paying advances to partners to cover cost of goods, ensuring producers receive payment, and ensuring that the groups work in safe conditions.
Global Crafts has evolved since its early days -- it all began with a container shipment from Kenya and has grown to a broad reach with Fair Trade imports from over 20 countries. The company was founded in 2002 by Kevin Ward, a VSO volunteer, and Renice Jones, a Peace Corps volunteer. While working in Kenya, they saw an wonderful opportunity for craftspeople to sell their products in international markets and create sustainable livelihoods. Global Crafts was born. Over the years, Global Crafts has maintained strong roots in Africa, but expanded to many other countries. The company brings over 3,000 products to mainstream markets. In 2018, Tiffany Kaplan purchased the business. She has worked closely with Kevin and Renice to maintain the core focus of the business, while expanding product offerings from longtime artisan partners.
Global Crafts is committed to supporting 100% Fair Trade stores and other businesses that promote Fair Trade commerce.
Examples of markets served include
Museum and Zoo Industry: long history of supplying museum and zoo stores with wholesale fair trade products. Whether it's animal or wildlife themed to cultural explorations, Global Crafts has a wide selection of product to match product to current and upcoming exhibits.
Catalog & Online Retailers: Global Crafts is one of the few wholesale companies in the Fair Trade space to service the catalog and online retailer markets. We can supply directly to your warehouse or drop ship to your customer.
Retail Stores: Global Crafts serves both large and small stores. We stock high quantities on many products for the larger buyer, but we strive to support smaller businesses by offering no order minimums and low shipping.
Yoga Studios: unique assortment gives yoga studios the option to extend the vision and principles of yoga philosophy to the purchasing decision. Buying Wholesale Yoga accessories completes the circle.
Global Crafts is proud to be a member of the Fair Trade Federation. Fair Trade is an alternative business model that values people, the planet, and profits equally. More than 1/5th of the world's population live on less than $1 per day. Fair Trade aims to combat this widespread poverty by providing opportunity for economically disadvantaged producers, ensuring safe working conditions and the rights of women and children, and prioritizing environmental sustainability throughout all stages of production.
Thank you for considering Global Crafts. We hope you will join us on this journey and make the choice to purchase Fair Trade products. Our commitment to you is supplying top quality, handmade products from around-the-world at low wholesale prices.
Each product has a beautiful story.
Each product is unique and one of a kind.
By partnering with Global Crafts, you are joining forces with us to create sustainable businesses and better the lives of small artisan groups in marginalized regions.
The Global Crafts Team
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