Happy Mother's Day!

In honour of Mother's Day, we asked the question "what's the most valuable thing your mother taught you?" to some of the wonderful people we work with. Here were some of the responses. 

From Robert Mwehe, who works with the Kasigau basket weavers in Kenya (and who we featured on our blog yesterday for World Fair Trade Day): “My mother has been the disciplinarian in our family, taught me most, if not all, of the values I hold dear to. She is the only one in this world who can tell me to shave my beard or my head and I don't argue with her about the benefits of long hair or beard, and she pretty much knows when I am happy, sad, or frustrated.”

From Shugufa Yousofzai, who runs her own jewelry business in Afghanistan:
“The most valuable thing I learned from my mother is to be polite to everyone. She treats people and things gently. She saved lots of old gifts and photographs from her grandmother because she wanted to keep the memories, and she never speaks to us in a loud voice.”

From Nylla Perveen Junejo, who helps us out in Pakistan, where she has trained (and now works with) 60 women doing embroidery and stitching work. She says, "I have learned each and every thing from my Mom, and I realized when she died that she was my whole universe. All the skills I have today were transferred to me by her training. Further, I want to say that one should respect their mother always and learn as much as possible, because they share their experiences of life with you." 

We would like to wish a very happy Mother's Day to all the moms associated with Far & Wide Collective around the world-- our customers, followers, partner artisans, and all the people we work with! 


Hedvig Christine Alexander
Hedvig Christine Alexander


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