Meet the Causegear team, our Fair Trade partners producing bags and accessories with purpose. Each item they produce is made by women and artisans in India, who without this work, risk becoming victims of extreme poverty and human trafficking. Every purchase supports their freedom and helps to provide life's essentials to workers and their communities through a job paying well over the national average. We had the opportunity to chat with the team to learn more about their journey.
How did you get started?
Years ago, our CEO Brad traveled to Africa to learn more about the realities of life on the other side of the world. It wasn't until he got back from Africa and was sharing his vision with a friend from India, that the country came on to his radar. This friend challenged Brad about the reality of poverty in India. He had not realized that India is where the highest number of truly impoverished people live. Their poverty was hidden behind the huge disparity between the rich and the poor.
After Brad's return from travels in Africa and South Asia, he couldn’t shake the hunger to develop a business model to help the millions of people suffering from human trafficking, slavery, and extreme poverty. As he shared his vision with friends and met his wife, Katherine (who shared his passion and heart for empowering others), it became increasingly clear to move forward to engage the fortunate few in helping the marginalized many.
Why did you decide to sell the products you sell?
We chose Causegear's range because we want to compete on the world stage in design and quality while serving as a vehicle for consumers to help create sustainable social reform.
Who are your partners?
Our artisans live in India. They are former victims of human trafficking, slavery, or severe poverty. We have met our artisans through different relationships we have made in the community over time.
What impact has your business had?
The artisans are the reason we do what we do! We visit every 6 months and get to see first-hand the life change that has occurred as they have jobs that are self-sustaining making products that people love!
The business has helped grow awareness on the depth of need across the world: the huge reality of modern-day slavery, severe poverty, and human trafficking.
Take, for instance, the story of one of their crafters, Anyanna.
Raised within a culture of neglect, Ayanna doesn’t even know her own age. All of the money she made standing in the lines along the streets of Sanagachi was used to provide for her family, and rarely left enough for her to eat. Ultimately it was this unrelenting selflessness for her family that brought her to discover work as a crafter and find freedom from life as a sex worker. She is now providing a life for her family that she never had the chance to have for herself.
What has been the most rewarding outcome of your business?
The most rewarding outcome of the business is hearing firsthand the life transformations that Causegear has helped create. Not just for the crafter but for their children and families. When one person is empowered, there is a multiplying effect. We believe it is a privilege to get to stand in that gap and offer another way, and our customers get to be a part of building the bridge to a better future through every purchase. With each purchase, days of freedom are provided for the crafter and their family. That is one powerful gift to give!
Causegear has been operating since 2011 and is on a mission to transform the lives of one million people trapped in unfathomable poverty & injustice by helping them become self-sustaining. Support their mission on Faire.shop.