"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice"

~Nelson Mandela

Every product we sell is handmade by a woman facing  economic and social struggles.

With income, women can gain safety, feed and educate their children, reduce dependency and have hope for the future. A girl whose mother has an income is much less likely to die of malnutrition, be taken out of school or be trafficked into the sex trade.

We develop a relationships with locally run NGOs (non-profits).

This is essential because many of our artisan partners don't speak English or have access to internet and banking. Our NGO partners are able to assist us in identifying potential artisan partners, distribution of payments and shipment of completed orders.

In addition to supporting artisans and NGO's around the globe, Buy The Change makes quarterly donations, based on sales, to our own non-profit, the Buy The Change Foundation.

These funds are distributed as micro-loans via Kiva.org.

Meet Some Of Our Artisan Partners

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Thailand

ALC Crafts

Products: Fabric Bags
ALC Crafts is a project of the Abundant Life Center in Bangkok, Thailand. The cooperative currently consists of 5 women, most of which have come to the city from distant provinces where there is no opportunity for jobs or consistent income. Sewing cloth bags gives the women the opportunity to earn income in a safe and wholesome environment in a city where many young women end up in the sex trade. The cooperative is hoping to grow and continues to invite more at-risk women to join in the project.

Thailand

ALC Crafts

Products: Fabric Bags
ALC Crafts is a project of the Abundant Life Center in Bangkok. The cooperative currently consists of 5 women, most of which have come to the city from distant provinces where there is no opportunity for jobs or consistent income. Sewing cloth bags gives the women the opportunity to earn income in a safe and wholesome environment. The cooperative is hoping to grow and continues to invite more at-risk women to join in the project.

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Uganda

AfriBeads

Products: Recycled Paper Bead Jewelry, Baskets, Fabric Bags
AfriBeads Women's Association in Kampala, Uganda was founded in 2009 by a group of caring individuals from Australia. When Afribeads approached us in early 2019 about a partnership, we knew immediatly that the answer would be YES! 

Uganda

AfriBeads

Products: Paper Bead Jewelry, Baskets, Cloth Shopping Bags
AfriBeads Women's Association in Kampala, Uganda was founded in 2009 by a group of caring individuals from Australia. When Afribeads approached us in early 2019 about a partnership, we knew immediately that the answer would be YES!

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India

Astral Exports Cooperative

Products:  Kantha Blankets, Kantha Napkins, Handmade Paper Cards
Astral Exports is a cooperative of 30 women living in a rural area outside of Kolkata, India. The women are home based workers who come together for a weekly meeting where they sew in community, turn in completed projects and collect supplies for new projects. Many walk long distances, often with young children, to attend the weekly meetings.

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India

Connexions Vocational Training Center

Products: Kantha Bags, Kantha Blankets, Kantha Scarves, Kantha Kimonos  
Connexions is a project in the Mullahati slums in Kolkata. Women receive training in sewing, quilting. They also have the opportunity to learn English and business skills. After completing training, many women continue to work in the sewing center, others become home based artisans.

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Cambodia

Craftworks Cambodia

Products: Recycled Feed Bags, Recycled Cement Bags, Crochet Bags, Recycled Bombshell Brass Jewelry
Craftworks was established to provide market access for disabled artisans in Phnom Penh and the surrounding villages. We are especially proud of our partnerships with the women we work with through Craftworks Cambodia. They are each using the unique skills  despite their physical challenges. These women would have no opportunity for sustainable income without these partnerships.

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Kenya

Machakos Basket Cooperative

Products: Woven Baskets, Crossbody Market Bags  
This cooperative of about 40 women in Machakos, Kenya is a group of women of all ages who are master basket weavers. They travel to co-op meetings from the surrounding countryside to learn business skills and engage in supportive fellowship. Almost all of the weaving work is completed at home.

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Rising Mart

Products Made: Jewelry 


Rising Mart is a non-profit organization working to bring economic development to women in the poorest section of New Delhi, India. They are working with women to establish member owned sewing cooperatives. The women receive skills training which allows them to become home based independant jewelry makers.

India

Rising Mart

Products Made: Jewelry 
Rising Mart is a non-profit organization working to bring economic development to women in the most impoverished section of New Delhi. Participants receive training in jewelry making which allows them to later become home based.

India

Rising Mart

Products Made: Jewelry 
Rising Mart is a non-profit organization working to bring economic development to women in the most impoverished section of New Delhi. Participants receive training in jewelry making which allows them to later become home based.

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India

Freeset

Products: Inspiration Pouches and Totes


Freeset is dedicated to helping exploited women. They provide temporary shelter and education for women escaping the sex industry in Kolkata. The women are provided with medical support and job training in sewing, screen printing, marketing and more.

India

Freeset

Products: Inspiration Pouches and Totes
Freeset is dedicated to helping exploited women in Kolkata. They provide temporary shelter and education for women leaving the sex trade. Some were born there, others were trafficked. The women are provided with housing, medical care and training in sewing, screen printing and business.

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Uganda and Kenya

Surprised By Hope

Products: Paper Bead Jewelry, baskets, Bags, Home Decor
Surprised by Hope works with Buy The Change to identify independant women artisans in Uganda and Kenya needing access to new markets for income and business growth. The Maasai women pictured here are masters at beadwork and beaded jewelry.

Uganda and Kenya

Surprised By Hope

Products: Paper Bead Jewelry, baskets, Bags, Home Decor
Surprised by Hope works with Buy The Change to identify independent women artisans in Uganda and Kenya needing access to new markets for income and business growth. The Maasai women pictured here are masters at making beaded jewelry.

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Thailand

Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment (W.E.A.V.E.)

Products: Cotton scarves, Embroidered purses Motivated by the vision of a world where women and their children are free to exercise their human rights, the Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE) is committed to teaching women to become socially and economically empowered. WEAVE was founded in 1990 with the intent to empower indigenous women living in refugee camps along the Thai Myanmar/Burma border. All products from weave are made from hand woven fabrics.