These are the women who make change. MyFight is honored to provide a channel for their courage-woven products to reach a world proud to wear them. These makers and the community workshops and local businesses of which they are a part are inspiring the possibility of a better and brighter future in their home countries. It’s a beautiful future, too; a future as big as the hearts who are Fighting for it, and as able as the hands by which it is being forged.
MORINGA - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Located just outside the bustling city of Addis Ababa is our leather manufacturer. This partnership focuses on the use of sustainable Ethiopian leather while employing and empowering marginalized communities located within the Ethiopian Capital. With access to almost 30 local leather tanneries, this group is positioned for growth. Your purchase supports this growth and the employment of 10 skilled workers.
ACACIA CREATIONS - Nairobi, Kenya
The mission of Acacia Creations has always been to improve lives in a long-lasting and sustainable way. We go beyond fair trade by creating jobs, providing training, and giving back to communities through our education and healthcare initiatives. We work directly with hundreds of craftsmen and women at our Nairobi, Kenya studio and across East Africa to improve their skills and product designs. Visit the Website
AID THROUGH TRADE - Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Upon his return to the United States, Damian began to conceptualize the idea of working with artisans in a fair, dignified manner as a way to improve their lives. Damian quickly realized that if he were going to succeed in a global marketplace, he would need to emphasize continual design and re-resign. After traveling back to Nepal numerous times, Damian actualized his vision in 1993, founding Aid Through Trade™, a fashion design company with ethics, and introducing to the world for the first time, The Original Roll-On® Bracelet. Visit the Website
CHIBAN - Ethiopia
ENTOTO BETH ARTISAN - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The Entoto Beth Artisans was started by the Beza International Ministries in response to the influx of people living with HIV/AIDS into Entoto, a region on the edge of Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa. Believing that developing income generation was a much better form of assistance than simply handing out aid, Beza Ministries established an income generation project. They chose jewelry making because it is not strenuous, and requires little equipment or other infrastructure.
ETHIC GOODS - India & Nepal
Ethic Goods provides economic empowerment for women rescued from human trafficking and those at risk of exploitation. We work primarily in South East Asia, and partner with non-profits that provide holistic care (counseling, education, and health care), focus on strengthening the family unit and have demonstrated a community centered approach. They also believe business has a role to play in empowering the women they work with, which is where we come in. By coming alongside these magnificent ladies to develop their business skills, they have the opportunity to provide for their families and set their children on a new, hope-filled path. Visit the Website
JOYN - Rajpur, India
Through its partnership with Joycorps, a U.S.-based non-profit that helps fund community development, JOYN is able to provide its employees with steady jobs and a safe work environment, as well as a daily meal plan, education for their children, English and vocational training and medical care.
“JOYN’s mission is based on the belief that work is redemptive,” Mel says, “and that every person has something productive to offer to the community and society at large.” Visit the Website
MATA TRADERS - India & Nepal
A love affair with India has evolved into Mata Traders – a design driven, fair trade brand helping to end global poverty and inspire ethical companies and consumers to change the fashion industry. Made by artisans in India and Nepal, our colorfully original designs are now sold in 50 states and 12 countries and provide a stable source of income for families in some of the world’s poorest communities. Visit the Website
MATR BOOMIE - India
MATR BOOMIE is a wholesale fair trade collection from India that marries modern design sensibility with inspiring traditional art forms, bringing people and cultures closer together. On a trip back to his native India after years living in the United States, Manish Gupta was struck anew by the extreme material poverty of his homeland. After hundreds of conversations and even more glasses of tea, Manish realized that he had a role to play — that he could bridge these two seemingly disparate worlds. Visit the Website
STARFISH PROJECT - India & Nepal
Starfish Project is an organization that cares for women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia. We provide life-changing opportunities through our Holistic Care Programs and our innovative social enterprise where women create beautiful jewelry, but also become managers, accountants, graphic designers, and photographers. Visit the Website
SYLCA DESIGNS - Philippines
Empowering women to feel confident, beautiful and be able to achieve anything is our ultimate goal — and is why we are so connected to our Artisan Collective. Our partnership with these Artisans allows us the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these women, while also giving them a chance to be a part of creating something for themselves while taking care of their families. Many of these artisans are stay-at-home moms and are very local and dedicated to their work. We want to help them live empowered lives by providing the resources to develop their skills and — ultimately — be able to live a healthy, happy life.