Be Bold for Change

March 08, 2017

On this International Women’s Day we celebrate the millions of remarkable women leading the way to forge a better working world. For example, in 1972, men owned 96% of the businesses in the United States. Today, one in three businesses is owned by a woman.

That’s great progress, but we've still got more work to do to ensure a more inclusive, gender equal world! This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #BeBoldForChange. At The Good Buy, we partner with strong women who run cooperatives, own businesses, transform their communities, and more.

Literacy classes are provided for Matr Boomie's women artisans in India.

This year, we are highlighting the work of these remarkable women in a new series called “Meet the Makers.” Through first person stories, get acquainted with the women artisans behind the goods you choose and the fair-trade purchases you make. This series will share the stories of women like Dolores, a farmer in Honduras who ensured that a plot of land was registered in her name to grow her own organic coffee — unlike her husband’s which used pesticides — further enabling her and gain income independence. And, women like Kanta Ji, a papermaker in India who works with a fair-trade cooperative, earning 20-30% more than conventional markets. Through Meet the Makers you’ll have a chance to get to know Veronica, a wool artisan in Bolivia, putting her weaving skills to use for reliable income to send her kids to school and Moo Kho, a refugee resettled in the U.S. who is now a master candlemaker and trains others. Check out all the stories of inspiring women entrepreneur's lives by following the blog tag "Meet the Makers." 

Thanks for your continued support for the success of women’s achievements in the global economy as you shop women-made, fair-trade products!

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