In the midst of political turmoil, Fair Trade organizations like our artisan partner group, Mali Chic are suffering the consequences of the avoidance of the Malian economy by foreign investors. No one wants to do business in countries where political risk is so high. In a correspondence between our Marketing rep at One World Projects (oneworldprojects.net) and the general manager of Mali Chic, Ms. Fatim Bouaré, Bouaré expressed her concern about the lack of clientele. “At the beginning of the war,” she writes, “all the embassies sent off their personnel.” Because these embassy workers are a significant percentage of her client base, business has been so slow that she cannot pay her artisans at the frequency she once could. Without a steady income, many have chosen to turn to hard and dangerous physical labor like gold mining, while many have lost hope and chosen to simply leave the country. The significant loss of business due to a now stagnant tourism industry and the fear that foreign investors have of risky investments have left organizations like Mali Chic wondering…when will it get better?
These situations are the type that One World Projects aims to improve. We believe in our artisans and will continue to support them through their struggles. In continuing our business relationship and our friendship, we seek to keep Mali Chic afloat. Your purchases of Malian fair trade products ensure that through the struggles, your fair trade artisan is being paid a fair wage for his or her quality work. You are a key player in enhancing the standard of living of fair trade artisans, their families, and their communities. We all can make a difference. One World Projects is here to guide you in that direction.
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