How Does Fair Trade Shopping Work?

Handprint Alliance was born from a chance meeting with an amazing woman who showed me the importance of fair trade shopping

Meeting Ann Wong
and the
Penan Women Project

…The day I understood that there is no such thing as buying too many bags!

While swimming in a hotel pool in Kuala Lumpur I watched Ann go about her business setting up her display. I felt compelled to get out of the pool to ask her what she was doing.

That conversation was my introduction to the Penan tribes of Sarawak, and it changed the way I looked at online shopping.

I realised that Ann and other wonderful people like her, who have boots on the ground doing the hard work, need us to shop fair trade so that we can change lives together.

It’s a team effort, and fair trade online shoppers have a very important role to play.

Penan Woman Weaving Basket
Meeting Ann Wong In KL

Without our fair trade shopping the system stops working

From The Talented Hands of Penan Weavers

Penan Girl Weaving Basket
Penan Weaver Making Black White Fair Trade Basket

And Onto The Shelves Ready To Sell

Penan Women Project Fair Trade Tote Bags Baskets Shop Display
Penan Women Project Fair Trade Baskets Tote Bags Shop Display

This Is Where You Fit In

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Penan Women Project Fair Trade Tote Bag Basket Man and Woman Shopper
Penan Women Project Fair Trade Tote Bag Basket Female Shopper
Penan Women Project Fair Trade Basket Tote Bag Male Shopper
Penan Women Project Fair Trade Tote Bag Basket Woman Shopper
Penan Women Project Fair Trade Tote Bag Basket Lady Shopper

Then Its Time To Head Back Into The Jungle For The Long Journey To The Penan Settlements

Penan Supply Convoy On Jungle Road
Penan Volunteers Crossing River
Penan Volunteers Arriving At Village

To Deliver This

Penan Supplies Unloading
Sorting Penan Supplies
Penan Tribes Village Children Receiving Gifts

And This

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So That’s What Fair Trade Shopping Is All About

And That’s What We Are All About….

A Fun And Relaxing Place To Shop

Penan Bags In Car Boot

Where There Is No Such Thing As Buying Too Many Bags

Penan Bags In Every Colour

Where Buying One In Every Colour Is Perfectly Acceptable

Children With Thank You Sign Penan Women Project

And Where Nothing Can Possibly Be A Waste Of Money

We Believe That Its Very Easy To Do A Whole Lot Of Good Without Even Trying

  • Look Good
  • Feel Good
  • Do Good
  • Be Good… Most of the Time

Fair Trade shopping is like donating to a good cause, but way more fun.

Paula

Eatons Hill

Artisan Holding Handprint Alliance Sign Sapia Machinist
Artisan Holding Handprint Alliance Sign Hyacinth Baskets
Artisan Holding Handprint Alliance Sign Sapia Bracelets
Artisan With Handprint Alliance Sign Y Development

Don’t Really Need Anything?

Nawou Boy Before Benefitting From Fair Trade Shopping
Nawou Boy Benefits From Fair Trade Shopping

The Amazing Work Of NAWOU

Maybe Somebody You Know Does!

“If you’re in the luckiest one percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 percent”

WARREN BUFFETT

Retail Therapy With Heart