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« on: September 09, 2009 02:40:51 AM »

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.
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2009 09:09:58 AM »

I think if you go directly to the source and buy your product then you are helping a community/family/person. As long as you are not exploiting the people you get the product from (I'm not suggesting that you are, just putting out there) and helping enrich a life or a community I think that's great.

Maybe when you travel, you can actually meet the people that make the beads and work out something with them? Maybe even start something with others as an exchange program of products/commerce. Show what your money goes to?

« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009 07:19:29 AM »

Thank you for your reply, I completely agree and hope to meet the people at the beggining of the process and give something back to them  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2010 12:13:37 AM »

Cool way to help people.
I live in Mauritius and would like to know which bead shop you're talking about, is it in Port-Louis??

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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010 09:00:55 AM »

What about the people in your own country who have struggling businesses? I live in Calgary, AB and almost everyone who opens a small craft shop closes. I always try and shop there because it's more then money, they put their heart and soul into their shops, just to have it close a year later.

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