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About


OUR VISION

The World of Beautiful Things is a purveyor of fine hand-made goods and fair-traded items from around the world. We seek to create fair markets where craftspeople provide high quality goods and earn a living from their skills and time.



OUR MISSION

Marketing goods made by artisans around the world, The World of Beautiful Things seeks to provide a platform for Vendor Groups (made of a number of craftspeople) to develop their business and marketing skills, so as to become independent business people and be more empowered to make informed choices in their lives.

The World of Beautiful Things specializes in identifying and protecting vulnerable heads of households that have been displaced by violence. The majority of these families are female headed and have very few transferable skills. They are however very talented in farming, weaving, bead work, leather work and tailoring. Most of these skills have been greatly undervalued but appropriately packaged can earn these craftspeople a rewarding and respectable living. By providing resources for long-term support, refugees, displaced people, disenfranchised youth, women and men become catalysts for strengthening networks and creating sustainable change within the local and global communities.

 


OUR MODEL
We have over 20 years of work with crafters, beginning in Kenya and Uganda and have now expanded to include crafters in India, Cambodia, Thailand, Tanzania and are always open to additional partners. We seek to provide long term support for crafters to reach their goals which often include building homes, educating their children and developing skills to get employment. We partner with local community based organizations to provide crafters families with an umbrella of intensive case management, business education, skill development (accounting, marketing, clearing and forwarding etc.)


Purchases made on this web store go to support this work. Thank you for taking the time to visit us.