June 15, 2016

Masoud Abdul Baqi

Afghanistan

Masoud Abdul Baqi

Jali Master Masoud Abdul Baqi was born into a family of six children in Kabul in 1984, but spent the first ten years of his life in Pakistan during the Taliban regime. After returning to Afghanistan, he finished high school and then enrolled at the Turquoise... 

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Artisan: Masoud Abdul Baqi - Artisan: Masoud Abdul - Walnut Trays, Trivets and Coasters from Afghanistan

June 09, 2016

Blue Diamond

Afghanistan

Blue Diamond

After graduating from Turquoise Mountain Institute for Arts and Architecture’s jewelry and gem-cutting program in 2011, Habibullah, Ahmad Shafiq, Ahmad Shakeb and Nahibullah decided to set up their own Afghan Jewelry business. “We thought that there was an opportunity and took it” says Habibullah. “We want to... 

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Artisan: Blue Diamond - Handmade Jewelry from Afghanistan

November 24, 2015

Undugu

Kenya

Undugu

Undugu Fair Trade limited (Undugu) is a social enterprise that provides support to artisans facing market access challenges. Formed in 2010 between the Undugu Society of Kenya and The Awendo Foundation, Undugu is a joint venture...


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November 24, 2015

Mango True

Kenya

Mango True

Formed in 1999 and part of the World Fair Trade Organization since 2005, Mango True has a genuine desire to give craft producers true representation and status. The female weavers are organized into groups of 10 – 50 members, with each member responsible for their...


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November 15, 2015

Connecting Worlds

Afghanistan

Connecting Worlds

All four businesses that created this collection are run by recent graduates of Turquoise Mountain. Turquoise Mountain is incubating these small businesses by providing physical space, electricity, tools and business support...


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September 22, 2015

Pais Textil

Peru

Pais Textil

Founded in 2012, Pais Textil designs and implements social development projects in crafts and manufacturing in rural and urban areas of Peru. Marta Castaneda and her sister Sandra work with artisans to foster ancient techniques...


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September 01, 2015

Zarif Designs

Afghanistan

Zarif Design

Zolaykha Sherzad was born in Kabul, Afghanistan where she lived until the age of ten. When the Soviets invaded in 1979, Zolaykha and her family were forced to flee and settled as political refugees in Switzerland. Trained as an architect, Zolaykha received her Masters in Architecture from the School of Architecture at the Federal Institute of Technology. In 2000...

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Artisan: Zarif Design - Afghan coats and jackets
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