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Choco Seed & Tagua Bolo Necklace

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Celebrate beauty that's both inside and out with a stunning accessory with beautiful origins. This unique necklace, made from bright choco seeds, is not only a unique and fun addition to your jewelry collection, your purchase can actually change people's lives. What's more beautiful than that?

In the mid 1990s, Joyeria Semilla, Spanish for "seed jewelry," began its small fair-trade workshop in the Andean town of Villa de Leyva in Colombia to provide much needed jobs and services to Colombian youth at a high risk of delinquency. The young artisans are taught a craft and learn how to use the tools of the trade, and create jewelry made from seeds and small pieces of bamboo found locally to earn income.

When the workshop can afford it, they provide a daily meal and housing to the neediest of their artisans. Unfortunately, the lack of a profitable market for the jewelry has resulted in a lower number of youth who can be employed and some services have decreased. Until recently, the jewelry was primarily sold in local Colombian markets. But now, with the assistance of fair-trade importers, the artisans have a better chance to earn a sustainable income that can provide for the needs of themselves and their families.

Untied, lariat-style necklace measures 50" L (127 cm). Handmade in and fairly traded from Colombia.

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Artisan: One World Projects - Anwar Saleem

Artisan One World Projects - Anwar Saleem

Their mission is spelled out in their name: One World Projects brings together isolated communities of artisans with an appreciative buying public, to support a fair trade, ecological, sustainable, and impressive business model. Since 1992, their network has branched out to support and encompass more than 11,000 artisans across the globe, allowing their handcrafted and fairly traded creations to find far-away markets.

Artisans like Anwar Saleem from the Indian cooperative Noah's Ark, work in recycled metals to craft items which are perfect for use indoors or out in the garden or patio. Not only does the factory-discarded metal find a beautiful new purpose, these items enable One World Projects' network of 600 artisans to support their families and whole communities. Anwar is a second-generation lamp-maker whose parents died when he was only 18, leaving him responsible for three younger siblings. Working with his uncle, he learned the craft of lacquering lanterns but was unable to make a living wage until he found employment with Noah's Ark. The fair wages he received turned his family's lives around.

One World Projects' slogan "uniting the world through compassionate trade" is the guiding force in their mission to create viable economic alternatives for artisans and expand the reaches of ethical and fair trade to address the most pressing humanitarian issues that face mankind today.

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