In the heart of Phnom Penh, the capital and most populous city of Cambodia, a fair trade cooperative called Malia Designs partners with artisans from local communities. The focus is to work with mainly women and disabled persons who are vulnerable to sex trafficking.
Today, in the tiny Andean village of, in Peru, almost everyone is a gourd artist, and fine gourd carving has been practiced for generations. Pablo Hurtado, one of our gourd artists, learned the art of gourd carving at a young age from his parents. What used to be one man’s job, today involves the entire family.
Two days’ walk from the nearest road, the village of Sertung provides beautiful recycled handicrafts. Discover some of the hardships overcome by this village in Nepal.