If you were to visit a certain village near Chiang Mai, Thailand, you’d see a thriving settlement filled with devoted families, a busy marketplace and a newly improved school. Yet two decades ago this was an area so desperately poor that families were often forced to send their children to work in Bangkok’s treacherous factories.
But all that has changed.
Today, more than 400 neighbors work with fair trade importer Pilgrim Imports of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to produce the intricate hand-made metal and beads ornaments you see here. The jobs are satisfying, clean and pay a living wage. No one thinks of dumping trash in rivers or using harmful chemicals because the villagers work where they live.
The “acid” used to clean the metal ornaments is citrus juice, unlike the toxic kinds used in mainstream factories. They are proud to preserve village traditions, so happy children don’t have to migrate to Bangkok, and deeply moved people like you enjoy their art.
As brightly as these ornaments shine, their makers smiles shine brighter still. Share the joy by purchasing these fair trade ornaments for just about anyone on your list.