I have a jewellery company where I make most of my jewellery myself, I have a policy where I order from local shops in places that I believe need my help, mostly middle men/women in countries where they struggle to make a living. For example my biggest source of beads is a tiny bead shop in Mauritius and I am currently planning on travelling around the far east to source other local shops that have unique beads and are trying to craft a living out of a difficult and challenging market. I have in the past but try not to as I grow to buy off big suppliers who are killing the local crafting community.
My girlfriend is possibly better at this than me simply because she sources fabrics from makers of fabric who are struggling but who also create it themselves, unfortunatly the beads always come from bigger factories, hence why I don't buy them direct.
Please don't think of me as someone who is trying to kill the crafting within my local community but as someone who is helping those less fortunate than myself, am I doing the right thing? Discuss.